Hi, my name is Maria and I am a cheese-a-holic! There, I confess! I have a love affair with cheese! Cheese doesn’t ever judge nor disappoint me, and it just makes me happy. If I could, I probably would marry cheese. Is there a cheese-shaped diamond ring? I’d wear it!

I’ve seen the articles out there, you know, the ones written about how bad cheese is for you. Yes, cheese is high in calories and loaded with fat, salt, and cholesterol (I most likely read them while eating some cheese and crackers). But, aren’t there worse things out there? And really, it doesn’t matter because at the end of the day, I’d still eat it, so what’s the point of scaring myself half to death? This love affair is going strong! Plus, I usually drink wine with it, and those same articles say wine is good for you, soooooo….it sounds like I’m staying pretty balanced.

I don’t cook dinner nightly, like most people think. I’d love to, but most of the time I just snack for dinner. I don’t even keep a lot in my refrigerator, either. I’m one of those people that if I’m going to cook something, I’ll most likely buy the ingredients that day. However, there are a few things that I almost always have handy, such as different cheeses and cured meats, and lots of fruits and crackers. Most nights, I just have an assortment of these and a glass of wine, and voilà! Dinner! Sadly, this happens more than once a week. I mean, come on, I work an actual office job, so even if I wanted to make these elaborate dinners nightly, I mostly just want to get in my pajamas and hug my dog when I get home because my brain is usually fried by then. Yes, sitting in an office all day can be exhausting! (Eyes are rolling).

I’m a big fan of charcuterie boards. It’s a fancy way to snack and it makes me feel like I’m somewhat still winning at this adulting game. It’s a small win, but I’ll take it. They’re also good to have on hand for last minute guests, especially now that the holiday season is fast approaching.

 

To go with my obsession with cheese, I’ve been making different kinds of crackers and savory cookies. So, since I love being able to share my obsession with you, I thought you might enjoy this oh-so-easy recipe.

ROSEMARY PARMESAN CHEESE COOKIES- (THEY’RE NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S COOKIES)

INGREDIENTS:
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1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
½ tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sugar
½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 stick of butter, melted
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 eggs

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients in a mixer or a food processor until it forms a dough.  Turn the dough in a lightly floured surface then roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about the quarter of an inch thick. Cut into your desired shape using a cookie cutter. Reform excess do and repeat until all the dough is used.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden.  Enjoy with your favorite glass of wine and cheeses.

Photos by Maria Kennedy