Monday, December 24, 2007

Cheese of the Holiday Week

We're lucky to celebrate Christmas this year with family (and snow!) in Penfield, NY. The trees are sparkling (white AND colored lights, no less), and we lit the last candle on the advent wreath last night before a pasta dinner complete with Sugo delle Zie. It was delicious, Aunt Betty and Aunt Gigi! Grazie!

While I've never actually tasted this holiday Cheese of the Week, it seems too festive not to mention. Juustoleipa is a Finnish and Swedish cheese made with reindeer's milk (no Rudolphs, just the ladies). It's toasted in front of an open fire before aging for a few days. The fire browns the golden rind so it resembles bread crust. That might be the reason Juustoleipa means "bread cheese." The taste is reportedly mild and some lucky Fins eat it for breakfast. If anybody knows where I can get some in Indiana, please do tell!

Last night, before pink peppermint ice cream, we tried to recite The Night Before Christmas from memory. Not all the words came in all the right order but we managed to get St. Nick up and down the chimney before reciting the stanza we all new by heart: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.



At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joy to have you and Bowden and your Mom and Dad with us this year! Merry Christmas!
Aunt Betty

At 11:52 AM, Blogger erin said...

oh YUM! Peppermint Icecream! Love it. BUON NATALE!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

Thanks, Aunt Betty! We had a wonderful time.

Buon Natale anche a te, Erin!


At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a unique cheese! I had never heard of it. I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with fun and adventure :)

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Eryn said...

yum that "bread cheese" sounds so delicious! hope you find it somewhere!

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Stelle in Italia said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Maryann! and to all our friends and family!

Thanks, Eryn! I'll surely report back if I get to taste the "bread cheese." It sounds so good...maybe even a good match with a glass of glogg.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Are you not aware that blog procrastination month was November and Decemeber???? Where ARE you?



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