Cheese is one of my favorite things. I mean that.
People always ask us what we miss the most. I answer, “Target® and cheese.” I am particularly fond of the Targets with grocery aisles because then, if I want, I can buy eyeshadow, Neosporin, wrapping paper, Converse, earrings, underwear for the entire family, a laundry basket, everything I need to redecorate my bedroom/kitchen/office/etc., a board game, an mp3 player, a garden hoe, and then, when I’ve had my fill of wandering the labyrinth of hipster knock offs in the latest colors, cuts, and styles, I can peruse the refrigerated section and pick up some cheese. I am not a cheese snob. I will eat Target cheese; SunnySide Farms, Crystal, Kraft, Sargento, Alpine Lace. I am happy with any decent cheese that does it’s job – is tangy, or mild, or melty, or salty, or pairs well with fruit/crackers/sourdough/soup/salami/burgers/pasta/rice/potatoes/broccoli/bacon/etc. Please don’t misunderstand; there is cheese in Costa Rica. Decently edible cheese. We can choose from Cheddar, Mozzarella, Gouda, and a variety of queso fresco-type cheeses. So problem numero uno is that we are obviously missing 90% of the cheese family, including all the Jacks: Colby, Pepper, and Monterey (which, coincidentally, will be the names of our next three children), and the whole line of Stinkies: Blue, Brie, Gorgonzola, Camembert…There are others, of course, but who has time to talk about all the cheeses they love? The real problem (since we do have fancy stores here where some of these items can be acquired) is the price. I simply cannot afford to spend $9.50 on an 8-ounce brick of mediocre mozzarella. It costs me $15 in cheese to make lasagna!
I know you had no idea that we lived with this level of personal sacrifice. Please do not ask me about ice cream! It is simply too painful to talk about…
Anyway, what I’m getting at is that while we were in CA, we ate cheese. Nearly every variety listed above. It was glorious. And we thank first God, for creating cheese and calling it good, and second our families, friends, Targets, and other grocers for supplying us with the beautiful and affordable array of mid-line cheeses in which we indulged. Amen.