C is for...
C is for cheese curds -- handmade goat cheese curds (plain and squeaky, please) fresh from Caprine Supreme Creamery in Black Creek, WI. You can read about Caprine Supreme here at Cheese Underground. I made a point yesterday to stop at the indoor farmers' market to replenish my supply. Am I living in heaven here, or what? Right at the junction of Candyland and Dairyland.
I had curds with pretzel bread this morning. I wasn't intending to buy that little loaf yesterday, but when I asked the sweet little old lady who gave me the sample (with a slice of cheddar cheese on top) where to find it, she practically took me my the hand and led me to its location in the bakery department; she made it a point to tell me that she'd witnessed them being baked at 9 a.m. that very morning.
We'd often stop for a bag of curds to pass around the car during family trips when I was a kid. The little cheese factory stores are hard to find now. An aunt and uncle bought a small, abandoned, rural cheese factory many years ago and transformed it into a place to live.
I can remember standing next to Grandma in her kitchen a few years ago as she sliced some cheese for us -- thin slices, one for each. Cheese was definitely not part of her restricted diet, except for non-fat varieties. She handed me my slice of cheese, telling me that she'd rather have only one slice of "real" cheese everyday than all she could eat of the other stuff.
Hardly a snob, I often prefer Kraft American Processed for my grilled cheese sandwich (two slices of cheese... on white bread, of course). I'm no stranger to Cheez Whiz and Easy Cheese, either; not that they're permanent -- or even frequent -- residents in the pantry.
Edited to Add: Try eatcurds.com for everything you've always wanted to know about cheese curds and more.
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C is also for good morning cry and Eva Cassidy. Thanks to Terry, I've had one with the other this morning -- in a good way. Oh, my. I can barely tear myself away from YouTube even to get a tissue, I've been wiping my tears mostly with my nightgown. I watched the linked Nightline episode and the tears started flowing before a note was even sung. Eva plays importantly on the soundtrack of a personal milestone, so when she sends a zinger into my heart it's felt double. "People Get Ready," "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," "Autumn Leaves," "Songbird," "Fields of Gold," but mostly...
..."In the Early Morning Rain." (Close your eyes and just listen.)