June 25, 2008

Between the long list of things pregnant women aren't supposed to eat and the aversions (I had a temporary one to ground beef), it can be hard to find healthy snacks that both you and the baby like.  However, one day I was at our local grocery store stocking up for the week, and saw a sample of Van Kaas Gouda cheese.  After verifying that it was neither a) soft nor b) unpasteurized (the two cardinal sins of pregnancy cheese consumption), I popped a cube and thought it was the best thing I'd ever put in my mouth.  When you're pregnant, if it tastes good, it tastes REALLY good! 

Since we were already pretty well stocked in the cheese department, I decided to pass it by...but a few days later I found myself drawn by the Call of the Gouda.  Unable to think of anything else, literally, I dropped by the store to pick up some cheese and Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits.  (The baby drove the car by itself, I swear!)

When I got home, the combination was everything I'd hoped it would be.  My husband and our dinner guests agreed, so it wasn't just the hormones talking.  I love how the Gouda complements the flavored Triscuits.    Not only is the pairing delicious, but it's a great way to get in some calcium and whole grains.  I've enjoyed taking a serving to work to nibble on, but next time I enjoy this as an appetizer, I think I'll pair it with a nice glass of the mysterious non-alcholic wine rumored to be at Whole Foods, or an ice-cold Buckler's.

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