Monday, July 25, 2011

Fruit and Cheese

You know how sometimes one thought hopscotches to the next and you find yourself in the library searching for a book about Thomas Jefferson's years in Paris and wondering just how, exactly, you got there?


I started by thinking about Bastille Day, July 14, a patriotic holiday in France.  Bastille Day led me to thinking about French food, which led me to

cheese fondue (which is Swiss, turns out, in spite of the fact that this one is called French Onion Fondue).  Which led me to a book about cheese, written by a poet who mentions Moby-Dick and cheese curd in the same sentence and makes it seem like a natural pairing.  That led me to my Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook
and its listing of fruits and cheeses, which led me to our backyard peach tree
which got me to wondering if I'd written about cheese and fruit pairings before, which led me to the Too Hot to Cook chapter of my book Queen of the Castle
where, turns out, I certainly had.

And now I'm curious about cheeses and France and the late 1700s and Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and about what resources there are for homeschoolers interested in France
even though I am not a homeschooler and have no plans to teach a unit on France and by now Bastille Day is long over.

So here's a sandwich.  A fine snack or part of a meal when it's too hot to cook.

Bread (skinny baguettes are good)
Cheese (Mascarpone, a sweetened cream cheese that, turns out, is from Italy, not France)
Backyard or grocery store peach, sliced

Put the cheese on a slice of the bread.  Put a slice of peach on the cheese.  Eat.

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Blogger Joanne said...

Haha i loved reading about your rambling thought process! It resembles mine. So closely.

July 25, 2011 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I know exactly what you mean about getting off on some tangent and ending up in a place you had no thought of going. I think that's the way we find some of the most interesting things. How wonderful that you have written a book, Lynn. That's a real accomplishment.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. It's so nice to meet you.

July 26, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Farm Girl said...

Sounds good to me. What's not to like. I am so glad you posted a picture of your book.
When are you doing another one?

July 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Thanks Lynn! The baby isn't here yet but I'll be sure to let everyone know just as soon as he is!

July 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for visiting, Joanne and Cathy and Farm Girl and Katie. Farm Girl, I am always gathering information about homemaking because I LOVE it so much, but am not sure if I could convince a publisher that the world needs another homemaking book written by me. If I could, though, I'm ready!

July 26, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Oh goodness I know the journey well. When I'm doing a research post and land somewhere I start doing a post that's months away just because I may not remember or want to travel that path in the future.

So now, I have to dig out my Silver Palate Cookbook which I think is behind my Andre Simon notebook (why I don't know) And who can pick up a notebook and not peek to see what ramblings may ensue. Of course I will need a drink while I peruse which means right this moment I will dig out a dictionary to make sure "peruse" is the correct word. See what you started!!! I need some fruit and cheese to go with that drink which means I now need to dig out a cheese pairing book. Oh goodness!!! Gotta go:)

YOU wrote a book!!! I want it now!!!

August 2, 2011 at 5:57 AM  

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