Showing posts with label humboldt fog. Show all posts
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Cheese It!

I don’t know about you, but I heard that the term “Cheese it, the cops,” meant that thugs would stop everything they were doing and smile big so the cops wouldn’t know what they were up to, thus: “Say Cheese,” a common expression for the taking of pictures.

Now, as I research this well-known phrase, I learn that "Cheese it!” most probably meant “Cease it!”. [1811 Lexicon Balatron.: Cheese It. Be silent, be quiet, don’t do it. Cheese it, the coves are fly; be silent, the people understand our discourse. ]

However, not everyone agrees with that etymology. The phrase has also been linked to "stow it," which one researcher claims is “an intimation from a thief to his pal to desist from what he is about, on the occasion of some alarm,” derivating from putting cargo in ship’s storage and shutting the hatches.

Lastly, San Francisco word researcher Peter Tamony noted that cheese was eaten at the end of a meal, so “Cheese it!” could have meant “End it!” from culinary usage. [Since I’m writing The Cheese Shop Mysteries, I like this a lot!!!]

No matter what, when you say, “Cheese!” you smile.

And when you serve cheese, your guests smile.

My protagonist, Charlotte Bessette, a cheesemonger who will be starring in The Cheese Shop Mysteries, the first of which is coming out next July from Berkley Prime Crime, makes this her main priority when serving her customers at Fromagerie Bessette or sharing a meal with friends.

One of her favorite cheeses is Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, a creamy goat cheese with a fine line of vegetable ash down the center. It crumbles beautifully on a summer salad. Here's Charlotte’s favorite salad recipe.

(for two)

Mixed greens
4 artichoke hearts
6 baby tomatoes
6 slices cucumber
1/2 avocado, sliced thin
4 black olives sliced
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
1 baked chicken breast, skin removed, sliced thin


1 Tbs. olive oil
4 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Humboldt Fog cheese, crumbled


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