Dazed and confused? Not me. I’m just Lost in the Cheese Aisle.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


The other day, as I was sitting at the breakfast table with the Usual Gang, one of my dining companions took out a small container of cottage cheese - one of those individual servings that comes packaged in groups of four or six.  He peeled off the lid.  Then, as I watched in slack-jawed astonishment, he unscrewed the top of a pepper shaker and proceeded to dump about two teaspoons of black pepper into his tiny-ass cup of cottage cheese... about a third of the contents of the shaker.  Holy crap!

Barry likes pepper with his cottage cheese, but Good Gawd Awmighty, this was an awful lot of pepper!  I looked at him as though he had grown a second head.  “Ya like a little cottage cheese with your pepper?” I cracked.

Of course, as soon as I got home, I had to try it for myself.  After all, nothing exceeds like excess.

I took a normal half-cup serving of cottage cheese and jacked it up with about half a tablespoon of Penzey’s coarse-ground Tellicherry pepper... a quantity that, taken by itself, could set your innards on fire.

Surprise!  It wasn’t overly peppery at all.  The dairy tamps down the fire, muting it to the level of a pleasant afterburn.  In fact, I suspect that you would barely even notice the presence of a few mere shakes.

I almost hesitate to write about this.  The Missus is convinced that I have burned out my sense receptors for spiciness owing to chronic overuse, and this will not help convince her otherwise.  But it’s true, I tells ya!

Try it!  You - and your taste buds - will thank me.


og said...

yes, in 1964. Also interesting in large quantities with cottage cheese is celery seed, chili powder or (and yes, it's an acquired taste) marmite.

I grew up pounding pepper into cottage cheese. Who doesn't?

mostly cajun said...

Thus has it ever been. Mom taught me that this was the way to eat cottage cheese when I was but a lad.

Rooted thusly, I forever consider the idea of cottage cheese with fruit to be incorrect and strange-tasting.