Feeling Blue About Bleu — Cheese, That Is


This will be one of my shortest posts ever, and hopefully, this idiocy will soon end.  The Bush administration imposed a 300% duty on Roquefort cheese, the real Roquefort from France, making it essentially unaffordable.  They did this because of French resistance to import US beef laced with hormones.  Oh, and they imposed other ridiculous, but lower, duties on French truffles, Irish oatmeal, Italian sparkling water and foie gras.

Frankly, this is just a silly, childish bully tactic.  Over food.  Yup, nothing like childlike politics.  Hopefully the Obama administration will fix this craziness.


5 Responses to Feeling Blue About Bleu — Cheese, That Is

  1. Hadacol says:

    Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats — 24 oz $3.32 – Vitacost.com
    McCann’s Irish Oatmeal (Steel Cut Oats), 28 oz … $6.39 – Netrition.com
    Bob’s Red Mill, Organic Old Fashioned Whole … $3.60 – iHerb.com

    I developed a serious habit of eating steel cut oatmeal, when I was working in Ireland, as a way to excuse myself from the morning killing “Full Irish Breakfast” (kills in many ways, both in heart stopping greasiness and in the need to immediately go back to bed after breakfast, instead of to work and, also, took up way to much room for afternoon “soup” consumption at the pub where I lived).

    That being said, though I had no reason what the deal was with the price until I read a piece about in the NYT yesterday, I started buying the Arrowhead Mills stuff a while back and it’s really good. At least as equally good as the Irish stuff. I still keep it in the McCann’s Can, because I like the can, but am perfectly happy with the Arrowhead product. Can’t tell the difference, as a matter of fact.

    They are rediculous tarriffs and we will not benefit, as a whole, by them. We’re just spreading the misery elsewhere.

    The Full Irish Breakfast is for the strong at heart or the extremely hungover, only.

    ” • A tomato half. Sometimes a slice, but to me that didn’t quite seem right.
    • An egg, left runny [but just right]
    • A pair of sausage
    • A pair of bacon “rashers.” These are back bacon, whatever that means. It would be like what Americans call Canadian bacon. It’s cut in a thick slice.
    — and —
    • A slice or two of each black puddin’ and white puddin’. These “puddings,” of course, are made of pig. They come in long thick sausage-like shape, diameter two inches or a bit more, bent and crimped like sausage, tied at the ends, a closed horseshoe shape. Served, it’s sliced about a finger thick, and fried. It’s good. The black is made using pig’s blood, and the white of a pig’s god-knows-whats. The black is fairly dry, and mixes well with the egg yolk….
    • One slice of “pan,” or plain-white bread, toasted and cut in half. Butter, naturally.
    • Tea. Irish tea is delicious and refreshing. It is normal to drink it with milk and sugar. Some forgo the sugar. I forgo the milk — and most Irish people find this disturbing. “

  2. Erin says:

    There, that’s how I’ll survive six-and-a-half more months without bleu cheese – I’ll tell myself it is too expensive, thanks Varmint! That helps (because I do miss my bleu).

    As to foie gras, I like to buy mine directly from Hudson Valley, and they throw in a free duck breast with each lobe. http://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/

    We have a lobe in the freezer now, I’m thinking we’re going to have to have some soon.

  3. MikeB says:

    Buy American! Can’t go wrong with Point Reyes or Rogue Creamery.

  4. RaleighRob says:

    I saw Roquefort Cheese the other day at Trader Joe’s. It was probably one of the most expensive cheeses there, and I guess this explains it. But if I were hosting a really nice fancy meal and really reall wanted it, I would’ve gotten it…I’ve seen worse.

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