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Old 02-07-2006, 04:20 PM   #11
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Can just echo that I grew up in Brooklyn and knew about cheese on apple pie for about as long as I can remember.

Personally enjoy it but rarely eat desserts.
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:29 PM   #12
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I've never tried cheddar cheese on my apple pie (I like ice cream), but there is an old saying (from the 40's or earlier): Apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze!"

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Old 02-07-2006, 10:48 PM   #13
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So I served it to my Thai girlfriend after dinner lastnight. First thing she says is, "Is that cheese?" pointing to the grated cheddar on top of the apple pie, with vanilla ice cream on the side. Obviously she found it strange but kept quiet. So I sheepishly had to admit it and while she ate I braced for her verdict. Eventually she nodded her appreciation pointing out the various flavors that went together very well into the mix -- the salty creamy cheese, the sweet ice cream, the sour-sweet pie filling, the nutty crunch of the walnut streusel topping. I love the entire combination myself but couldn't explain why before. Her insight was valuable. I never thought of it this way. And it made so much sense.

Trust the Thais to look for a good balance of different flavors and textures in their food. This explains why Thai food is so good.
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:56 PM   #14
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I would think the cheddar would be delicious with the sweet apples. Mmmm...will have to try soon. Thanks for posting.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:09 AM   #15
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When I was growing up Grandma ALWAYS put a slab of chedder on each slice of apple pie, then ran them under the broiler to melt it before serving. Ice cream was optional - cheese was mandatory.

It's not really an "American" thing - but a lot of cultures around the world consider fruit and cheese the perfect ending to a meal (dessert). Placed in that context - it only seems natural.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:31 AM   #16
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I like a cheese and apple sandwiches, preferably a crumbly white cheese like Lancashire or Caerphilly or Wensleydale. Thin circles of apple, topped by a thin layer of cheese in a good granary bap. YUM.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:35 AM   #17
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We use either cheese or ice cream, but not both.
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