Bet you thought this blog was about a photo op huh? Well, you should know me a little better by now! This post is all about cheese..one of my favorite things in the world. Believe me when I say, I spend way too much annually on this item.
I’ve always been the person who would order cheese for dessert faster than say, chocolate cake. Or if we have people over (or sometimes just because), I’m known to put together a cheeseboard for snacking. It’s always on hand in the Woodall abode, with a few varieties in my fridge as I type.
2017 goals- Expand my culinary knowledge of items I love..bread, pie, and cheese! Toward the end of the year, I began to do some research into cheese making. While there aren’t any true cheese shops or cheese makers locally that offer a course in how to. I have found a few in Middle Tennessee though. Hey..maybe that’s a whole visit and feature in itself?!?!
Years ago I made a post about what I wanted to do in life, and I find that I do come back to that same feeling whenever I consider “what I want to be when I grow up.” What I said was true then, and still true now, I want to own and operate a gourmet cheese and food shop.
I think I fell in love with the process of making food and understanding food when my oldest was still a newborn. In between taking care of a baby and taking care of the house..I found The Food Network. I was stuck on watching shows that were new and interesting. In particular I loved Gale Gand with Sweet Dreams…loved to watch her bake!
Fast forward a few years later and I would be married to Travis, living in Richmond and finding the coolest little shops in Downtown RVA. There happened to be a little Italian shop that I thought was just phenomenal; and although it wasn’t huge, the impact it made on me was. I haven’t forgotten about it 11 years later. As a matter of fact, each time we travel, I find myself searching for food shops in the areas we’re going to. I think a food shop may be the heart of a community. They reflect the people and culture of the area. So when we travel, it’s like this personal connection I get from talking to the shop owner, and picking up goodies along the way.
And so when I dream, I dream big. Dreams of bringing something like the shop pictured to Johnson City, TN one day. A small, rustic but awesome space packed with artisan cheeses, fresh homemade baked breads, curated jams and jellies, smoked meats, fresh fruits, varieties of cheeses that some have never heard of, and me…content and smiling behind the counter ready to help a patron put together the perfect cheese board for a party with enthusiasm. I’ve never aspired to be a caterer or in the restaurant business..but this..this is something I could be so passionate about.
My Tennessee Kitchen is a catalyst for that I believe. It’s an ever changing, all encompassing part of me. Travel, blog, features, products..and maybe on day a really kick ass store featuring amazing wares from my home state. Who knows..maybe one day you will see me on the cover of the local press cutting a ribbon..and saying “CHEESE”!