Dear Cherrywood Smoked Mozzarella,
Where do I begin? My only regret is I waited too long.
Last night while in my kitchen, I pondered how many times I walked right past you. How many times (while sifting through your refrigerated chest at the store) I came so close to knowing you. I heard your name in certain circles, came upon it on menus in my past, never giving it much thought...nary a second look. If not for my sister's insistence to meet you - I'd still be living a dull, fruitless life...going about my days unaware of your endless possibilities... unaware of the magic that's created when the two of us are together.
I considered hiding our relationship - unwilling to share you - for fear of stretching you (and our time together) too thin. Selfish maybe...but I cannot deny a truth so real. My yearning for you finds me in the car late at night, on my way to your shelf at Whole Foods. I shudder at the thought you're not there - off gallivanting with "that other," who I watched hastily brush her fingers across your soft, supple face, only to second-guess and ultimately walk away. She moved onto another (...feta I think...) but that look she gave you...has me certain she'll be back.
I know her style...I know her kind...and so the question to ponder dear cheese...what are her plans for you? Does she truly understand your wants, your needs, your desires? What is her intent? With these words...with these pictures...I hope mine is clear. I love you smoked mozzarella, so wearing my heart on my sleeve, I thought I'd share it here... with anyone who will listen.
Anxiously awaiting your response... ~me
Pictured above Ciabatta Garlic Bread Sandwich with sauteed mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers, tons of basil and topped with *Smoked Mozzarella, placed in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.
*I find this award winning, handmade MapleBrook Farms Cherrywood Smoked Mozzarella Cheese (pictured below) difficult not to eat like an apple - that's how much I love it! I found it at Whole Foods. For more information, click here to visit the MapleBrook Farms Website.