Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cutting the Cheese

When I was a kid, I loved Kraft.
I could have existed entirely off of Mac and Cheese and Kraft Singles.
When I was in high school, I found Beef-a-Roo Cheese fries.
My god, they were amazing.
In college, it was pizza after pizza after pizza... followed by some cheesy broccoli casserole.
My friend Patrick always had an extra stick of string cheese handy at the newspaper office.
Then I moved to Virginia -- and found Whole Foods.
Gouda, Smoked Gouda, Port Salut, Ricotta in a cheesecake -- not Philadelphia!
I came back to Illinois and remembered cheese curds and goat cheese (thank you Prairie Land Farms).
I visited Quebec and found poutine.
Then I had a child... and, holy cow, is he all about the Colby Jack.
At Thanksgiving, I loosened my purse strings -- a lot -- and found Mt. Tam cheese by Cowgirl Creamery at the Common Grounds Co-op.
Cheese is a comfort food. I don't care if it's cold or hot.
I've loved the taste of cheese my whole life, but, suddenly, my digestive system -- not so much.
It used to be that the words "lactose intolerance" could be cured by Lactaid and substituting almond milk with my cereal.
But now it's including yogurt, ice cream -- and, I hate this, cheese.
I'm facing up to the fact that soon, my ovo-lacto (I eat eggs and dairy products) vegetarianism—is about to just be ovo vegetarianism.
The question is -- do I bite the bullet and start now?
Or do I give myself the next three weeks to adjust bit by bit?


~rachel~ said...

Uh! That sucks! I sometimes think I have some issues with certain foods. One of these days I might try to figure it out, but I'd probably cry if it was cheese....
If you can deal with it I'd wait a few weeks ;)

Looseyfur said...

I went to the Co-op today and one of the employees who works with KTDID gave me some sage advice on what "fake cheese" to try. She said 4 years ago, there was pretty much nothing (she retold a story similar to one Quigs had told me about fake cheese not melting when Bubba had his allergy),

It might work on pizza... but we'll have to see if grilled cheese is the same. All I know is eating out is about to become very -- limited. And that's probably not a bad thing for my bank account OR my waistline. I guess that's a big plus in the moving to California column!

Lavender Lemonade said...

This is a very sad situation. Cheese = Happiness in my life so I can totally relate. Best of luck.

~rachel~ said...

Have you tried raw milk cheese? I was just reading about how people with milk intolerances can sometimes handle raw milk because the enzymes haven't been killed off so its easier to digest ( I might have that part wrong..) we get a raw milk cheddar in Arthur that is sooo good! I could probably give up other cheeses if I could still eat that ;)

Looseyfur said...

I know saying this is going to make all the people of Quebec roll their eyes at me, but raw milk kind of freaks me out. Mostly because of the salmonella risk.

I did try the cheese free roasted vegetable Amy's pizza this weekend and it was great. I gave a thing of Daiya a chance, too. It was okay. It tasted kind of funky, but the pizza was great without cheese. I think it's the carmelized onions. :-)

~rachel~ said...

Well if you get desperate enough I suggest doing your own research on it ;) wasn't there a cantaloupe recall for salmonella? And spinach? :)

But I get it, I've never had raw milk but I'm kind of grossed out by milk anyway unless Oreos or cereal is involved. But the cheese- oh so good! :) I think common ground sells some.

There's was just a huge thread on a yahoo group I'm on about raw milk it's pretty interesting. I really didn't know much about it before...