Ma makes many wheels of cheese in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods, and we learn that green cheese means newly made cheese, and it is white, not green. I guess everybody else knew that already, but it was news to me. The green cheeses are round and white, like the moon. The cheese-making episode is wonderful, but our Laura is terrified that her cherished calf will be killed provide rennet. Fortuitously, a neighbor who recently slaughtered a calf has rennet to spare, and if another little girl had bonded with that calf, we never read about her.
Truly distinguished cheeses suitable for vegetarian and kosher cooking (that is, free of calf or other meat) have been available unpredictably here and there, but I was delighted to learn this year that Zabar’s has many kosher cheeses I have never seen before, even a Camembert and a Roquefort! ראשית צמיחת גאלתינו These are wondrous days. Maybe next year in Wenslydale?
I haven’t tried any of the new cheeses yet, but I will be letting you know.
And why is it that I am so crazy about cheeses? If someone told you that they squeeze milk out of a cow, and expose it to bacteria and mold, and then leave it lying around for several months, and that this is the most perfect and sublime food in the world, well, really, what would you think?