Steven's parents spent Christmas in a small town in Italy called Branzi. (They live about 4 hours away in the south of France). It's a beautiful, tiny town in the mountains just upstream from San Pellegrino. It's a nice place to ski and snowshoe and hike, but the best thing about the town, the thing that makes it one of my favorite places on earth, is the cheese shop.
There they make and sell my most favorite cheese in the world, Stracchino. It's kind of like Tallegio, but stinkier and yummier.
Why am I telling you all about this now when I am in Ann Arbor, nowhere near Branzi? Well, because when I got home from the studio today I discovered that Steven's parents had sent us a box full of Stracchino as a late Christmas present.
A box full of 8 pounds of it!
I think we need to have a cheese party.