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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cheese, Glorious Cheese!

A Guest Chef recipe by Xandra, who blogs at This post originally appeared there.

As I half sit, half lie on my bed, I contemplate my situation. I have always been rather obsessed with cheese.... but today I have reached a new high for cheese appreciation.

I know, cheese? After reading any of my other posts one might ask whether this is still the same person writing. Rest assured, it is, I have just decided to comment on the lighter sides of life. Not that cheese is a light food, on the contrary, it's not particularly healthy in large doses at all.

To continue on with my original thought, I've had so much cheese today, that my stomach is now regretting it.
Spaetzle with cheese, then cheese and crackers, then chicken soup with spinach and cheese...
I. love. cheese. Probably more than chocolate, which if anybody who knows me heard me say that, would consider a very serious statement. It's just, you can do soooo much with cheese.
I have a whole cookbook only about cheese.

Here is a taste of my Spaetzle with cheese:
Spaetzle (a German noodle)
half and half
salt and pepper
half an onion
giant eagle Mexican shredded cheese mix
Gruyère shredded cheese

Boil the Spaetzle. Meanwhile put butter in a pan, sauté the onions, add half and half and the now cooked Spaetzle. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook until most of the half and half is evaporated and the onions are softish. Then get out a pan, butter the bottom, pile in some of the Spaetzle mix, put on some of the cheese (both the Mexican mix and the Gruyère). Add the rest of the noodles and top off with more cheese. Put it in the oven, and wait impatiently for the top to become golden and crispy... or in my case don't (I was too anxious to eat it).

Serve it warm, with salad if you want something healthy to make you feel better about gorging yourself on this cheese feast.

Enjoy (and try not to eat it all at once like I did, you will regret it, because then there won't be any left of the next day.)

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