Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Cheese for Truck Drivers

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12 comments:

docsconz said...

Fantastic story, Serena! Now you have whetted my appetite.

Serena Kovalosky said...

Hope you get to try some, it's worth the trip! My taste buds are craving more already!
- SerenaK

Ceil Petrucelli said...

Great story, Serena! Glad you finally discovered The Cheese House in Arlington... it's a great shop with a marvelous selection of hard to find cheeses. Didn't realize you didn't know about it before now. A favorite destination for "locals" around here.
All the best,
Ceil P

Serena Kovalosky said...

Thanks, Ceil. My travels in the area usually took me on the New York side of the border, so it was a joy to discover this "hidden gem" on the Vermont side!
- SerenaK

Elizabeth Torak said...

Fantastic post - but they all are! What a great blog - I'm addicted.

Serena Kovalosky said...

Glad to have you along for the ride, Elizabeth!
- SerenaK

Stacey said...

I've passed this cute little shop before. It's so adorable, you can't not notice. Now I've got to actually STOP there next time I'm nearby. There's nothing quite as sublime as well-crafted, Vermont cheese. Thanks for letting us know about this gem!

Serena Kovalosky said...

If you do stop, Stacey, give Rick (the owner) my best. You'll love the experience, I'm sure!

dharbu said...

Hi Serena, Great story on The Cheese House. Having grown up in & then returning to Cambridge I know the place well. My cheese story goes back to the early '50s & concerns the John Henry store in Cambridge( currently the Co-Op at Hubbard Hall).In the 50's the co-op side was a grocery store which offered true Vermont cheddar cut from a large wheel that sat unrefrigerated on the store's counter. One of my mom's friends( a nurse from NYC) was visiting & she was sent with me to get some of this wondrous Vt. cheddar. The elderly gentleman at the counter cut us a nice sized wedge & we returned home with the cheese. My mom's friend told her that she thought that the elderly man who served us had a urinary incontinance problem & was surprised when the odor followed us to her car. She suddenly realized that the odor was the aroma of the wonderful cheddar which had filled the store with its cheesy vapors.They enjoyed a good laugh along with their cocktails & slices of the cheddar. This was the cheese of childhood dreams & has always been the remembrace by which I have measured all subsequent cheddars. Unfortuneately most of them have come up short.
Your story was great . If I ever get back to the area I will surely look for Truck Drivers Cheese at the Cheese House.

Serena Kovalosky said...

What a great story, Paul! You're right, there's nothing like a great cheese, with its "cheesy vapors" and all! Most cheese nowadays is so mass-produced, it's lost alot of its flavorful "edge". Do check out the Truck Driver's Cheddar - I think it may rival the the VT cheddar you remember! Be sure to give Rick Serraro my best when you go.

Mary Holland said...

'Tis delicious, for sure! Having grown up in the Arlington area during the 60s and 70s, I remember the Cheese House well, and grew up eating the Ol' Rat Trap! Several Sandgate families (a bordering town) would order up a whole wheel and divvy it up amongst the group. It would arrive in a round wooden crate shaped to fit the wheel, and while it stunk to high heaven, it was always delicious. There's nothing like a Rat Trap Grilled Cheese... Thanks for the memories!

Serena Kovalosky said...

I'll definitely have to try an Ol' Rat Trap Grilled Cheese! Maybe with a fresh tomato......
Thanks for sharing, Mary!