Ever since Montana vegetarian and food blogger, Adrienne Schroeder, kicked off the festivities with an April 1 blog post, we’ve had so much fun celebrating with goofy jokes, puns and cheese trivia. Each post was so unique and many of the comment sections held very interesting conversations about grilled cheese and its many variants from around the world. Pauline Wiles brought us across the pond to share cheesy differences between England and the States and more than one writer related cheese and the making of a grilled cheese sandwich to the writing process.
We’ve swapped recipes from Sally Koslow’s elegant Gorgonzola Dip with Walnuts to Libby Mercer’s Grease Balls & Nana’s Nasty Dip. A few followers of the blog have reported a 1-2 lb. weight gain simply by reading about cheese. Many readers following this blog series reported cheese cravings and interruptions in their writing routine for the making of a grilled cheese sandwich. One follower on Twitter reported she’d had a dream about cheese and wondered if my blog was to blame. Oddly enough, I too, had a dream the night before about a Panini machine that also played music.
I knew we’d have fun. I expected we’d swap recipes and learn new things. But what I did not expect was a mother-daughter conflict to develop on my blog – over cheese.
It all began when Samantha Wilde wrote a very funny post about finding a can of cheese in her mother’s pantry. Seems harmless, right? Wrong. Samantha’s mother is Nancy Thayer, bestselling author of 23 books. So imagine my surprise when about a week later, Samantha contacts me with news that her mother wishes to “respond” to her daughter’s post – might I have room on my blog for her mother to post? I immediately thought, “Oh, my. This could be the most delicious moment of the entire month!” And I thought, I know Samantha’s post was Gouda, but I bet her mom plans to write one that’s Feta. Any way you slice it, the early bird (Samantha) may have gotten the worm, but the second mouse (Nancy) gets the cheese!
Thank you, Nancy and Samantha, for having a little fun at each other’s expense on my book blog. Believe me, I know cheese is serious business and I completely understand and support you both for wanting to set the record straight.
Chick Lit Chit Chat readers, you may want to begin by clicking here to read Samantha Wilde’s April 18th post. Her mother, Nancy Thayer, responds to that April 18th post below.
Samantha, I believe your mom is about to get the last word…
“Darling, You’ve Always Had Cheese” by Nancy Thayer
Author Samantha Wilde, aka my daughter, recently posted about the can of cheese soup in my pantry. I adore her, yet I feel I must defend my cheesy honor.
True, I’m not a gourmet cook. I simply haven’t had the time as I balanced writing novels with keeping my family fed. But real cheese is actually a primary food showcase for an overwhelmed writer like me. France’s Camembert or England’s Stinking Bishop, displayed elegantly with crackers and grapes, is a complete and beautiful course. Easy-peasy, or perhaps I should say easy-cheesy.
In fact, in my novel Summer Breeze, to be released in paperback in June, the word “cheese” is mentioned fifteen times. (I counted.) Summer Breeze is about three young women struggling to balance love, work, friends, and family. It includes romance, temptation, self-discovery, and cheese.
Island Girls, my hardback due out in June, mentions cheese nine times, all of it eaten on Nantucket.
You see, that can of soup was on the shelf because I did not use it. I only put the can there to see if Sam would notice. (She did.) Sam is a vegetarian and very strict about what she will eat. I do my best to please her. When I cooked a casserole for the seven people I fed that night, I used Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese and shredded cheddar cheese as well as the tuna and fresh broccoli I steamed myself.
I love real cheese! Mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan. . . over the years I’ve used Pecorino Romano so often I’ve wanted to name a character after it. Can’t you just see him? Count Pecorino Romano, with a villa in Tuscany? I’ve made Brie en croute for parties. For normal life? Of course, grilled cheese sandwiches. I raised my children on them, along with cheesy casseroles.
Chick Lit Chit Chat readers – want to know more? Nancy’s website is NancyThayer.com and she’s on Facebook as Nancy Thayer, author. “Like” her on her Nancy Thayer Author page on Facebook for more giveaways.
You can find Samantha and Nancy on Twitter at: @whatshehas
In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, Nancy is giving away one copy of Heat Wave, set on Nantucket. Thank you, Nancy!Follow @Julie_Valerie