"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, August 14, 2009

Five on a Friday

Great motivation comments the other day, everyone! I've learned were Scarlett O'Hara set upon by a vampire, she'd be wondering if turning into a vampire could help her save Tara. And even after all that discussion, I don't have the urge to read GONE WITH THE WIND (again).

1) My kid's summer camp cracks me up. There are horses there, and if a kid says "Ew" or even mentions when they see horse poop, they have to clean it up with a shovel.

2) With today being the last day of summer camp, I'm shifting to the nighttime writing for the next three weeks. My son has a week until school, but my daughter has three. Late nights. Coffee. I'm good.

3) Listening on audio to UNCLE TOM'S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

4) My black belt test in Kung Fu is under one week away!!!!!

5) I started SECRETS OF THE CHEESE SYNDICATE by Donna St. Cyr last night. In celebration, I'm doing a giveaway.

For your chance to win the two books below, leave me a comment by midnight on Monday, August 17th. In your comment, how about telling me what your favorite cheese is and why.

The two books are:



SECRETS OF THE CHEESE SYNDICATE by Donna St. Cyr (Paperback)
THE BOOK OF NONSENSE by David Slater (Hardcover)

Have a great weekend!

56 comments:

carolinestarr said...

My current favorite cheese is Alpinekase from Switzerland (we've just returned from a family trip). Cows are brought to the Alps for the summer to graze on the beautiful wildflowers and grasses, which affects the flavor of the cheese. The cheese is made traditionally by hand, is aged in a cheese cellar, and can last for years. Fantastic!

PJ Hoover said...

Nice answer, Caroline! I forgot to mention my favorite is Brie. I love it on Ritz crackers :)
You make Alpinekase sound fantastic!

lynn said...

lol your kid's camp rule cracks me up!

I am a huge fan of cheese--to me it's in its own food group! I think my absolute favorite (the one I scarf in the largest quantities) would have to be extra sharp cheddar, because it livens up any sandwich and is fabulous with just crackers and/or red wine. I buy huge blocks of it at Costco :)

beckylevine said...

Good for you and the night writing. I'm trying to figure out my best schedule for the next year.

My favorite cheese would have to be brie, because--frankly, it's got a bit of that bitterness to it, but isn't too extreme. I also like a really strong cheddar.

Would LOVE to be entered in the contest. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Yummy, Lynn! It's so funny how the word "liven" really made cheddar sound extra great!

PJ Hoover said...

Yay, a fellow Brie lover, Becky! When we finally meet, I know what we'll be eating :)
Schedule is the key, I think. Get something that works and stick with it.

Anna said...

This is kind of gross, but I love super processed cheese, the kind that can't even really be called cheese because there's nothing real about it. I think this is because when I was growing up my parents didn't really let me eat anything that wasn't wholesome. I don't think I even encountered American cheese until high school. So now that I'm a grown up, I guess I'm making up for lost time. I still like the good ol' regular stuff, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for some glow-in-the-dark cheese food.

PJ Hoover said...

LOL! I'm thinking squirty cheese in a can, Anna!

Christine M said...

Favorite cheese? I think Swiss Cheese. No big story to go along with it. I just like it.

And Scarlet O'Hara with Vampires - when that book comes out we'll know where the idea came from!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love brie on baguette, preferably bought in Paris, thank you very much (does a plane ticket come with this?)
But actually there is a more obscure cheese I adore--white cheddar with a hint of horseradish. I discovered it at a rural Vermont maple syrup and cheese farm. Unforgettable.

writtenwyrdd said...

I adore cheese of any variety. For cooking with pasta: Asiago, because it's got that pungency (there's a nice word for it) and tang that really gives an uppercut of a punch to the sauce--especially if you use a good wine when you melt it.

For just eating, Cabot extra sharp white cheddar. I also adore their horseradish version.

In tacos, I like Monterey Jack if I cannot get ahold of queso fresco (or something like that) which is a really soft, fresh-made Mexican cheese that I used to find in the store in California but, sadly, cannot find in Maine!

Then there's smoked Gouda, Swiss, Brie, and of course Mozzarella! (I've never met a cheese I didn't like.)

Natisha LaPierre said...

My favorite is fetta because I'm a big fan of Greek food, and feta goes great with foods like olives and artichokes.

dramaquill said...

Favorite cheese - that's easy! I absolutely love stringy, stretchy, ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese. I love it's mild creamy taste on crackers but nothing melts like mozzarella. From pizza to pasta to grilled cheese sandwiches, it's mozzarella hands down. But, I'd love to try some of those quirky cheese in Donna St. Cyr's book. I think I might have been a mouse in a former life.

Terri Hoover Dunham said...

Hi PJ, Is PJ Hoover your real name? You will notice my maiden name is Hoover. So, maybe we are related somewhere way back. -- Ah, cheese. I love cheese, but it doesn't love me. I'm allergic to dairy. But my favorite cheeses are smoked gouda and brie served with fruit.

J. Collette Smith said...

Extra sharp cheddar on a wheat cracker - Mm Mm Good!! I also love freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano over a delicious pasta dish. Absolutely scrumptious!

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, this cheese commenting thing is doing me in. All I want to do is eat CHEESE, GLORIOUS CHEESE.
You guys are fantastic at describing it!!!!!

And Terri, I'm a Hoover by marriage. Maybe it's my husband you're related to :)

Great comments!

Lady Glamis said...

The fact that I get to leave a comment about cheese makes me sooo happy. Here's a post I did on my personal blog about my favorite cheese:

Cheese & Stuff

That really cracks me up about the horse poop. Awesome camp! Hehe.

PJ Hoover said...

Nice, Michelle! You invite me to come by and try it in the blog post. Does the offer still stand :)
And the camp does rock!

MG Higgins said...

If I had it in my refrigerator (ooh, this is weird--I just used the word refrigerator in the comment for the last post I read; creepy) anyway, I don't know the name exactly but I think it's a Stilton. And it's got fruit in it. Blueberries, I think. It is absolutely the best cheese ever.

PJ Hoover said...

Yummy cheese with fruit, MG! I've been snacking on grapes and blueberries sound wonderful, too!

Abby said...

Mmm. Cheese! I love it all, but good ol' Colby Jack is usually my top pick!

PJ Hoover said...

Nice and simple, Abby. I like it!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Hmmm.. well I could list several, mozzarella, sharp cheddar, Colby Jack. But really, the reason I love those is because they go on my favorite foods. Like pizza. And mac n'cheese.

Cheese for me is ALL about the context. :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Sweet. So I should eat pizza for dinner tonight, Miriam?

Rebecca said...

I love Monterey Jack because it is yummy just plain, delicious on crackers, and delightful when melted in the fold of a toasted corn tortilla. It's just so versatile!

PJ Hoover said...

the fold of a toasted corn tortilla. Love it, Rebecca!

Trisha Pearson said...

I think feta is my favorite. I love how it's light and almost fluffy and I probably like it because it reminds me of yummy, delicious gyros. (sigh) I wish we had a gyro place nearby.

PJ Hoover said...

We have a great gyro place here, Trisha. You should come visit :)

dstcyr said...

PJ,
What a great discussion. Many of the favorites listed here show up in my book - even the super processed cheese spread - you know the type that comes in a tube? It's got really special powers.

Anyway, my most favorite cheese in the entire world is Havarti with dill.

Thanks for running the contest.
Donna

PJ Hoover said...

you're welcome, Donna! havarti with dill. I am seriously going grocery shopping tomorrow.
Now off to read to finish your book :)

T. Anne said...

Fresh mozzarella, it's fresh why else? (BTW, since I had to get it out of the fridge to check for spelling, I'm going to have some right now ;)

PJ Hoover said...

I think we are similar, T. Anne. I'd be having some, too!

Vodka Mom said...

I ADORE Brie cheese. My sister and I eat it slathered on fresh sour dough bread, and sit and think about our youth...

Sigh.

(My ass isn't particularly fond of it.

sam said...

Spanish Manchego Cheese - sheep milk and 12month aged is so delicious and rich. You must try it if you haven't! - Samantha

Danyelle said...

Good luck on your kung fu test!

My favorite cheese, I don't know the name, is creamy with a sweet, nutty flavor. Since it's gourmet with gourmet prices, I also like pepper jack. I love hot food. For me cheese+spice=win. :D

Mitch Wallace said...

Hey P.J.! Dang, I still need to nab a copy of your book, especially before the sequel comes out!

Oh, and nighttime writing sounds interesting. Even though I try to do most of my writing during the day, I tend to feel much more inspired at night. Maybe I should make the switch too...

Llehn said...

Parmesian because it reminds me of spaghetti which my grandma makes which in turn reminds me of home!

PJ Hoover said...

Vodka Mom, we are Brie soul mates!

Sam, it sounds delicious! Something about the "aging"

Thanks, Danyelle! Yum. Creamy, nutty! And hot is good, too!

Two more months, Mitch! I have to make sure I'm not too tired at night to write!

The first parmesan, Llehn. It goes on SO much!

Thanks, everyone!

Wanda said...

My favourite is old cheddar because it has some "bite" to it.
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Heather Zundel said...

I wonder how many kids had to say that before they made up that rule?

And I love Pepper jack cheese. It's bold. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Old Cheddar is wonderful, Wanda! I love the "bite".

LOL, Heather. Probably two kids.
Pepper Jack. You and Danyelle.

Kristin said...

I'm a big fan of provolone, but I also love Brie - especially on good bread with a slice of ham too. Mmm. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Any cheese but Blue Cheese!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheese!!! :)

Good luck with your test. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Kristin, Brie is the best, isn't it?

Thanks, Keri! And funny. Any cheese but Blue Cheese. :)

Whitney said...

Cheese? A favorite? How can I pick one? Cheese is a mood. Emmentaler for hikes in the mountains. Find a rock with a view. Cut off a hunk of the nutty cheese and press it against the hard end of a roggenbrot loaf. Simple, natural, fresh-air cuisine.
And true Parmesian—not the green can kind. I like it shaved onto mesclun salad with green grapes. Salty and sweet with tangy fresh lemon juice dressing. You finish eating feeling cleansed but full.
And Roquefort for those decadent evenings by a fire, with a glass of Cabernet, some roasted walnuts, and a soft blanket. Add a close companion or a good book. Or both.

PJ Hoover said...

Cabernet! You are speaking my language, Whitney!

Angela said...

Pick one cheese? That's crazy talk.

Let's see--I love brie--love the taste and the cute little wedges and of course baked and gooey with cranberries and nuts.
And Mazithra--just love the texture. Like, Feta, but not...

Oh yes, and cream cheese of course. A world without cheesecake is not a world I want to contemplate.

But I can't narrow it down further...DON't MAKE ME! *pants*

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, Angela, I can't believe no one has mentioned cream cheese! Love this stuff!

adrienne said...

My new favorite is St. Andre - triple creme brie.
Who knew triple creme could be so much more decandent than double creme? I may never go back!

Now I'm hungry.

Carrie Harris said...

I love fresh mozzarella. There's a place near me that makes it, and I get all squealy when I manage to get some. It's almost always sold out.

Yes, I just admitted to getting squealy over cheese.

PJ Hoover said...

Okay, when I go shopping for my Brie, I'll get triple cream, Adrienne. How could I not now?

Cheese is totally squeal-worthy, Carrie. I agree!

beth said...

My favorite cheese? Butterkase, also known as German Butter Cheese. It's rich and creamy and ooooooooo so good! :)

Kelly said...

We are HUGE cheese lovers in my family. We seriously have cheese every day. My favorite, SWISS. I don't know why, but I love it!

PJ Hoover said...

German butter cheese sounds delicious, Beth! Anything butter does :)

Cheese is a good thing to have every day, Kelly! And I love swiss! Good old swiss :)

lotusgirl said...

Okay, I'm too late for the contest, but I'm such a huge fan of cheese that I couldn't pass this up. But of course I couldn't pick just one. You know me. Who can pick just one? I lived in France and Switzerland so I have to pick one from each. Caprices des Dieux from France and Gruyère from Switzerland (Raclette comes in a close 2nd, but you have to eat it melted over potatoes and ham--my mouth is watering). I'm going to have to try that Alpinekase. That sounds delicious.

PJ Hoover said...

I know what you mean, Lois! It is tempting to talk about cheese. And seeing as how I'm heading to the grocery, I may have to buy some!
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