The Power of Cheese

Cheese makes everything taste better. Even old vegetables.

Cheese, glorious cheese. One of those magical culinary ingredients that makes everything taste better.

You can take and amazingly crappy sandwich, add some beautiful cheese and save the whole meal.  In fact, you can even take really crappy cheese and add it to any crappy meal and suddenly you have something to enjoy.

There are many forms of “crap” cheese, but it all still possesses this power to transform boring foods into wonderful dishes.

String cheese bbq pizza. Damn good food

String cheese bbq pizza. Damn good food

String-cheese can be pulled apart and melted onto anything including a week old soft tortilla to give you an instant pizza. Of course if you want to get artistic, string-cheese goes great when stuffed into peppers too.

Deli sliced cheese goes great on anything too and is cheap.

Deli sliced cheese torn into strips saves a meal cooked in the toaster over… Gooey goodness



American’s have invented amazing things from peanut butter to the California sushi roll. There are also the nonedible American achievements like the telephone (and iPhone),  the automobile and also the internet—but who cares? American cheese has got to be one of our crowning accomplishments as a nation.  Yes, those deli “singles.” Those individually wrapped slices of  goodness may not have the sophistication as their European cousins, but they still have plenty of attributes that make them stand out.  From portability and the convince factor due to their individually wrapped packaging, to the insane amount of processing that keeps these little squares of heaven from ever going bad; American cheese is amazing. More importantly though…the melt factor. American cheese may not have the taste of a 2 year cave aged Gruyere, but damn does our cheese melt perfectly. Nothing quite makes a sandwich like a beautiful layer of melted American cheese. Who cares if its completely unatural…it was enginered to do one thing well, VERY well…and that is melt.

So of course American cheese can also save a meal that is going quickly downhill, or just needs that last little something to make it actually enjoyable.

Lunch saved due to the power that is cheese

There is no shame in thinking the rest of the dish is just acting as a vehicle for gooey, melty, cheese.  Take my lunch for example. The other day the fridge was empty, nothing but old broccoli. Now I LOVE broccoli, in fact the whole Fed Up household loves broccoli (even the dog), but old broccoli alone cannot be a lunch that lives up to my ridiculously high standards. So to salvage the situation, broccoli and some onions were thrown in a bowl and covered with some shredded Swiss cheese (nothing fancy, just some vacuum-sealed stuff from the local grocery shop). The whole thing was broiled and came out AMAZING. A few vegetables covered in melted cheese is definitely a lunch worth considering when you find an empty fridge at 7 AM before a hectic work day.

Cheese, a truly powerful thing that can save countless meals, no  matter how bad the cook or how old the ingredients.


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28 Comments on “The Power of Cheese”

  1. January 26, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Just connected to your site via Dashboard and love the rant. Cheese can certainly salvage just about and meal as well as send other ones over the top.

    If you feel inclined check out my gluttonous site that consumes sports, food, etc.


    • Mr. Fed Up
      January 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Sportsglutton,

      I am glad you liked my rant. I am just starting out with this whole blog thing, but I am highly opinionated and am ready to keep sharing my rants and recommendations. I definitely am going to check out your site.

      and remember…Stay Fed Up, Stay Fed Well.

      • January 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

        Yah the blogging world is something else, but I’m digging what you’re sling so far. I’ll keep my eye out for new posts on your site.

        Jed aka Sportsglutton.

  2. February 3, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    As a native Wisconsin cheesehead who now lives where mozzarella was invented, Naples, I couldn’t agree with you more. Cheese is a slice of happiness! !

  3. February 3, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Hi Joshua,
    Wow, you are from Wisconsin, you live in Naples….Cheese must be in your genes! You are one lucky man.

    A wonderful podcast I listen to said something once that I really agree with…There are not too many other foods in this world whose taste is not improved with by the addition of either cheese or chocolate.

    Cheese quality and selection seriously does range from region to region, and I am jealous of your current location in Naples. Louisiana, where I live has got some amazing seafood…but we lack in the cheese category. But we do manage to stuff King Cake (a Mardi Gras delicacy) with cream cheese as an option, making a tasty treat even better due to the glorious power of cheese.

  4. March 23, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Mr. Fed Up, love this entry ~ couldn’t agree more.

    Thanks for your interest in my post today, I’ll be back to check out more of your stuff.


    • March 23, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Eclectic Faerie,

      Glad you liked my “rant.” Cheese really is all powerful!

      Your site is great too…I have been meaning to pick up some “true” Italian tomatoes to use in my own pizza sauce.

      Remember: Stay fed up, Stay fed well!

  5. April 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Cheese!! What can I say- Can’t live with, Cant live without! it’s definitely the taunting on waist-line but it’s worth it’s Weight! Personally I can indulge in a bucket of Brie without a morsel of guilt.. !Thanks.. ur post is refreshing

  6. April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Yes, cheese is amazing. Have you ever been to the Tillamook factory? You can sample a bunch of cheeses….including a garlic white cheddar! (I wish it was sold in stores..)

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      I have never been to the factory…but looks like I have a new trip in the making.

  7. April 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Cheese, soothing cheese! I put it on just about everything.


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