Originally Posted by taxlady
"the cheese thing"?
I live in NW Illinois, real cheese country. I come from a cheese family (my paternal grandfather was a fromagier
in Quebec). So, when people visit, we do that cheese thing. That is to say, we head around to various cheese making places.
When my sisters visit, I know this will be a hit. But with this friend I wasn't sure. But then she said she wanted to make us a dinner of mushroom pasta and goat cheese. I just cracked up. We found the mushroom pasta locally, and we were sort of planning a cheese tour anyway. So I just told them we'll go to the goat cheese place. (they're called factories, but I really hate that, they're very artisinal and wonderful).
In this case, we went and talked to the people who make the cheese (this is why hubby and I do this). At one point you have to have your shoes cleaned because you are walking though the factory. That was the cheese curds place (and many other wonderful cheeses). At the goat cheese place, I put several products up to be toted, and the cashier told me that half of the stuff I was buying had a sell by date of a few days later, and she just gave them to us.
It was a bit weird in that when she said, the "sell by" date is in less than a week, it is free."
Why didn't I go back and grab more?
But, yes, if you are smart enough to take a vacation to the NW IL, NE IA, or S WI area, and you like cheese, well you're foolish if you don't do a cheese tour!