Cheese and Thank You
A Kosher-Keeping Dairy Lover Finds Hope in the Supermarket
By Leah Koenig
Published May 20, 2009, issue of May 29, 2009.
The Jewish Daily Forward
Blame my Midwestern roots, or the 10 years I’ve spent as a vegetarian, but no single category of food can make me swoon like cheese. I have been known to devour a block of cheddar, sliver by salty sliver, over the course of an afternoon. And when Shavuot rolls around — celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the season’s first fruits and all things dairy — my heart and kitchen fill with unbridled, cheesy joy. So imagine the blow to the belly I experienced upon realizing that koshering my kitchen when I got married required me to leave behind my favorite fromages. A trip down the kosher dairy aisle only deepened my distress.