Welcome to my Weblog!
Welcome to 1 Mother 2 Another! To read my most recent weblog entries, scroll down. To read entries from one category, click the links at right. To read my journey from the beginning, click here. To find out more about me, click here.
Top 5s
Short on time? Click here to go to my Top 5s Page - links to my top five recommendations in every category from Breastfeeding Sites to Urban Living Solutions.

A Cheese That Makes The Angels Sing

I try to feed my family in a pretty
healthy way while not making them feel like the weird hippie kids,
and one of the hardest areas for me to make health merge with taste
(and what’s in fashion at friends’ houses) has been
cheese. We generally buy Tillamook cheese out of Vermont;
it’s a great company that, while not certified organic, does
not use bovine growth hormones on its cows. This turns out a
relatively cost-friendly yet delicious and nutritious cheese.

Unfortunately, it can’t hold a candle to Velveeta.

My kids absolutely adore the plastic,
imitation cheese that comes individually wrapped in yet more
plastic and contains artificial dyes, preservatives, and heaven
knows what other delicious chemicals. And I have to admit –
American cheese (bless our hearts as a country: our cheese
claim-to-fame is a cheese that is completely synthetic. Go USA!)
does melt better than any other real cheese out there. I understand
its appeal in scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and more.
I cannot justify buying those slices, though, and kept frantically
searching without hope for some acceptable solution.

Until recently.

While we were in Florida on vacation, I was stocking our rental
house at the local grocery store when I happened across the organic
dairy section. They had a wide variety of Applegate Farm sliced
cheeses, and Applegate Farm is a brand I trust, so I took a closer
look. And there, between the mild cheddar and the provolone, was
– could I be seeing this right? – an href="http://www.applegatefarms.com/products/organic_american_cheese.aspx"
target="_blank">organic American cheese

That is not possible, I thought, and checked the label.

Hmmm –organic cheddar cheese, sodium citrate, rennet, salt.
Now granted, it’s white, because there’s no food dyes
making it that bright orange we’re used to. But could it
taste the same? I threw it in the cart and brought it home.

And came back the next day for another pack.

The girls wolfed it down – sandwiches, plain, you name it.
They love the taste: somewhere between Velveeta and a processed
smoked Gouda. I have to admit, it’s pretty darn good.

We came home in love, and then the honeymoon was over: I
couldn’t find a single store in the area that carries it
here. I’ve petitioned our local grocery store to start
stocking it, but until then I’m actually paying to have it
shipped to us directly from Applegate Farms. Yes, the shipping is
expensive, and yes, I’m buying six packs at a time and
freezing the rest, but boy is it worth it.

And just wait until winter comes, and we heat up the Panini


Post a Comment

House Rules

Here are the rules for posting comments on 1mother2another.com. Posting a comment that violates these rules will result in the comment’s deletion, and you’ll probably be banned from commenting in the future.

1) Register first. If you would like to post a comment, you must create an account with us. Check out the home page to do so.

2) Constructive comments only. If you cannot maintain a respectful tone in your posting, even in disagreement, your comment will be deleted. We’re all trying to find our way in this thing and are struggling to be the best moms we can. If you disagree with something I say, feel free to politely email me. If you disagree with another reader’s posting, you’re welcome to kindly post in reply. Vitriolic diatribes will be deleted. This site is about encouraging and supporting, not tearing down and chastising.

3) Questions welcomed. If an entry raises a question, you’re welcome to email me directly or post it. Keep in mind that postings will result in public replies by strangers and not just me.

4) Don’t steal. All original writings contained within this website are under copyright protection. If you link to us, please credit us as your source and provide a link back to our website. If you're interested in using an excerpt in published material, please contact us.

5) Share your photos! We'd love to have photos from our registered readers to show on our home page under "Maddie's friends". Email us a jpeg of your little one's best photo to photos@1mother2another.com. Please, no photos from professional photographers which fall under copyright protection.