Food, food everywhere — and it's brie cheese that made my mouth water most this holiday season. What was your best bite? (Stock Exchange)
I did some decent eating this holiday season. Nothing to wring my hands over, thankfully, but plenty of tasty bites were taken — my mother-in-law's Texas Caviar here, my brother-in-law's leftover turkey chili there, Giada de Laurentiis-via-my-brother-Bill’s Squash Gratin four, count ’em, four different occasions — and plenty of yummy-looking ones were admired from afar.
So it’s amazing that when I look back over the past six weeks, it’s just a really good cheese that remains my standout bite of the season. Then again, considering that my sister Tiff says I’ve always been “a bit of a mouse” with my love of cheese, it isn’t that shocking.
My first go with rich, melt-in-your-mouth brie was at Festivus, our department holiday potluck. It was the third occasion to which I brought a squash gratin, along with my traditional Tisdale fudge, and I skated in late and flustered, as usual. So the cheese plate had had plenty of time to mellow — and for others to get first dibs, freeing me to feel no guilt taking two chunks — by the time I got to it.
With brie, I loooooove the way the rind gives way to the cheese’s dense chewy-creamy thing, and even the almost bleu flavor it has (normally, nutty cheeses like asiago are my go-tos). It’s the bite that stuck with me this holiday season — the one that wanted to lure me back into the conference room decked for Festivus after I’d had my fair share, and the one that made me thrilled when my mother-in-law unexpectedly bought a good-sized round of brie to contribute to the Christmas party we held for some church folks (otherwise known as the Fourth Squash Gratin Event of the Season).
So what about you? Before we officially give up building a shrine to food to start building a shrine to our January flirtation with treadmills and celery sticks, what, as you look back on your holiday indulgences, was the best thing you ate this season?
Of course, you New Year’s revelers’ best bites may be yet to come. If so, I’d love to hear from you Wednesday or after.
As for me, my New Year’s — which also happens to be my wedding anniversary — will likely be low-key food-wise, as my husband and I chase around the 18-month-old fruit of that union. But the good news is, my mother-in-law left behind nearly a half of the round of brie when she and the rest of the clan left Friday. I’ll try to tuck most of it into my husband’s lunchbox, but no promises I won’t relive the moment a little first.
What’s your best bite of this holiday season? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. You need a Facebook account to add comments, but they’re easy to sign up for, and free. Over the next few days, Detroit News Food Editor Maureen Tisdale will respond to comments or questions. You also can follow her on Twitter @reentiz. Join the discussion!