Poll question: Please settle a domestic/culinary dispute.
For dinner, my wife made penne pasta. It was to be accompanied by spinach, pine nuts and bacon, sauteed in olive oil with parmesan cheese.
During the sautee phase she discovered that the parmesan cheese we had was all moldy. As it was too late to go get more, she decreed that the penne would go sans cheese.
When I informed her that I wanted to try sprinkling some shredded cheddar on part of it (because for me, it's GOTTA HAVE CHEESE), she became livid, and accused me of the worst kinds of crimes against good taste and offenses against the culinary gods.
In my defense, I tried with and without, and preferred with, it substantially enhanced my enjoyment of the meal, on which I generously complimented her.
I was reminded of the opening scene in "The Big Night" where the two Italian brothers, trying to make a go of their failing restaurant, serve a meal to an idiot American couple, where the couple orders spaghetti to go with their meal when it has already been accompanied by a fine risotto created by the chef, who insists on going out to speak to the couple despite the desperate entreaties of his brother, the "smooth front man" for the business.
21. Okay, two things here - one, cut the mold off and save the cheese.
Jesus Christ, unless the mold went all the way through the cheese, it's still fucking good! Goddamn, what a waste of a good cheese.
Secondly, yes, using cheddar is an abomination - however, it's only an abomination when appropriate cheeses are available. When there is not other cheese available, then yes, of course, one must substitute and do the best one can. Nothing wrong with that.
24. Ummm, before they invented that plastic clingy stuff to wrap things in..
ALL cheese grew mold. We would just slice it off and have a go at the good stuff inside. What you tossed aside was what we would call aged extra dry Parmesan cheese, something us old farts would kill for.
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