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Brie, with only a little of the rind on it for a whisper of ammoniac "bite".
Feta, eaten with black oil-cured olives, warm fresh pita or italian bread, sliced red onions.
Hirten, a subtle nutty/caramel-y alpine German cheese from near Switzerland. I actually found a quarter-round of this at my discount grocery store for an incredibly cheap price!
Boursin herbed cream cheese
Port Salut, semisoft French cheese which I first tried In Aix-en-Provence on my High-school French Club Field trip to France in 1975
Real, sharp Provolone, which makes heavenly Italian sub sandwiches and perks up other cheese dishes.
Fontina, which has a lovely flavor that would be a prime cheese for Macaroni-and-cheese.
NEXT CRUISE: 01/10/2015 HAL Westerdam 7-day 17th day of Christmas E. Caribbean Cruise, (Grand Turk, San Juan, San Maarten, Half-Moon Cay)
As a home cheese hobbyist who is serious enough to milk her own cow 8 months out of the year to get raw milk to make cheese, I think that every "real" cheese is worth developing a palette for. (I realize some of you might disagree with that statement, as does my DH does who cuts the edges off his brie so I can eat it.) On the other hand there are those imposters who label themselves as "processed cheese food" which confuse me as to how a product made of chemicals, oil, and milk passes as cheese - but unfortunately it does. Yuck!
I have been thinking rather seriously lately about offering to be a lecturer for cruise ships on subjects related to cheese, sourdough, and ethnic cuisine since it seems more and more my speaking and cooking are intertwining themselves. Who wouldn't love to know more about the cheeses (bread and food in general too) they eat, how the basic cheese making process works, and the cultural and historicalsignificance of different cheeses from various regions.
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T/N Raffaello E/B Transatlantic NY - Genova Dec. 15, 1972
T/N Raffaello W/B Transatlantic Genova - NY Jan. 4, 1973
T/N Raffaello 7 day cruise NY - San Juan - St. Thomas - NY Jan. 15, 1974
S/S France E/B Transatlantic NY - Le Havre Aug. 22, 1974
S/S France Final W/B Transatlantic Le Havre - NY Aug. 30, 1974
S/S Amerikanis 9 day San Juan - St. Thomas - Antigua - Martinique - Barbados - Trinidad - Caracas - Curacao - San Juan Dec. 21, 1976
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 E/B Transatlantic NY - Southampton Sept. 15, 1982
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 W/B Transatlantic Southampton - NY Sept. 21, 1982
RMS Queen Mary 2 E/B Transatlantic NY - Southampton April 18, 2007
MV Queen Victoria W/B Maiden Transatlantic Southampton - NY Jan. 6, 2008
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 E/B Final Transatlantic NY - Southampton Oct. 16, 2008
MV Queen Victoria W/B Transatlantic Southampton - NY Jan. 2, 2009
Seabourn Spirit W/B Repositioning Voyage Lisbon - Funchal, Madeira - Fort Lauderdale Nov. 15, 2009
Seabourn Legend W/B Repositioning Voyage Malaga - Funchal, Madeira - Fort Lauderdale Nov. 20, 2010
MV Queen Elizabeth W/B Maiden Transatlantic Southampton - NY Jan. 5, 2011
Crystal Symphony E/B Repositioning Voyage Miami - Funchal, Madeira - Lisbon March 19, 2012
MS Prinsendam 30-Day Azores, Portugal and Baltic Collectors Voyage Fort Lauderdale - Amsterdam May 13, 2012
Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas Maiden Voyage Transatlantic Southampton - Bayonne, NJ November 2, 2014
Crystal Serenity World Voyage Miami - Miami January 15, 2015