Pecorino

For Stan's Super Challenge

Teensy tiny tissue-thin

slivers of Italian Pecorino Romano -

elegant, intense, pungent and salty,

randomly arranged on

crisp broken sesame wheat Ak-Mak crackers.

         Fit for an émir.

Randomly shapeless,

too crumbly to handle

beyond plopping a sliver

onto a shard of Ak-Mak

and gobbling it up

before it crumbles

into the keyboard.

But still

         Fit for an émir.

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DREAM ON 6 years ago

A tasty treat that I have to go in the kitchen to eat.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

You'll find it is totally addictive! But it must be real Italian Pecorino! I like to slice it REALLY thin with a sliding cheese slicer which barely skims over it and takes it off like wood shavings. hehe It's ok on other kinds of crackers so long as they're not white flour types. Another really good choice is Kavli flatbread from Norway. But of course - then I'd have to have called for a Viking rather than an émir! tee hee


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msorensson 6 years ago

Wow..sounds delicious...Oh and I so happen to have a cheese slicer that can do this...

I love the poem..fit for an emir..so apt.

Thanks so much, beloved Nellieanna.


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

I love cheese. I will try this. Akmaks are my fave crackers also. Nellie, you are cute as can be. I've seen you before and read your great comments on other's hubs. So glad to have you as a fan....I went to college in Denton years ago btw.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

A poem on food....how can I stay away?!!! :)


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Nellieanna. Your poem is so neat.

It's aesthetically complete

your ak-mak sounds lovely

I feel I must eat.

Hands too busy typing

I,ll just use my feet.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Melinda! I am so thrilled that you like it. If you have the slicer, you're half-way there. Kaavli paper-thin crackers are also good with it and for even fewer calories. Less taste from the crackers, but more focus on the cheese. Try it both ways, and as I mentioned to Dream On - just think of it as fit for a Viking. hehe Thanks for reading it, sweetie!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Stan - I knew I liked you for many reasons - and Ak-Maks are another one!

Wow- Now I'm curious & wondering how many years ago. Some years ago my niece was married to a man who was @ North Texas as a student and I believe he stayed on as faculty - George Maxey, went by Max or Maxey. Prince of a guy. Couldn't have been while you were there, could it? (I realize that time to me is on a different dimension, so possibly your "years ago" were my yesterday. LOL.)

Thank you for stopping! And what a nice compliment too!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

FP- hehe - Well - You know I'll do ANYTHING to get YOU to visit. I know that just plain poetry won't do the trick! Thank you, my dear! BIG hugs!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopheranton! Now I'm really getting a big head! And I LOVE your reply poem!!

Be sure to take pictures of you using your feet, though. This, I gotta see!! hehe

Thanks so much for all that fun!


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

You must be crackers Nellianna, i really savoured that cheesy poem. That was plumb snikkitty.


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Just a thought but did you know that Pecorino is one of the key cheeses in my Alfredo Sauce ? I did a Hub on that a while back.... Not one of my less fattening receipes I'm afraid !

I also discovered that on top of my Fish Pie if you add a a generous spoonful of grated Perorino to the grated Cheddar cheese it gives a crisper sharper taste.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

AttemptedHumour - hahaha! Love it. It is cheesy, for sure and I'm definitely crackers! Snikkitty is new to me, but I like it already.

It sort of defines itself. ;-> Thanks for the visit!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Merlin! George adored Alfredo! I've even made my own fettucini. I've made Alfredo with Parmigiano-Reggiano and I've seen recipes with the combination with Romano Pecorino but haven't' done it. It's been years since I made it but I've no doubt it's yummy with the Pecorino. I forget what a gourmet cook you are! Usually good cheesy recipes are not noted for their non-fattening contributions. hehe They often include cream and butter in generous proportions too.

I don't eat a lot of fattening foods and my cooking, which has been a biggie for me, is quite subdued these days. But I'm always open to a really good calorific meal. It's one advantage of being moderate the rest of the time. And of course, there are some really delicious recipes which are also heart-healthy.

I love fish but I've never tasted Fish Pie. I love cheddar too. I'll bet it is scrumptious! You know how to stir gal's appetite! Oink.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

As one of the three judges of this here competition may I just say that I consider this Hub to be a likely candidate for first prize? A candidate, mind you, not a cert.

May I also casually mention that we have formed a new charity, coincidentally called “The Three Judges Charity” and any contribution you may care to make to it shall be given the consideration it deserves?

Furthermore, I wish to give the lie to inaccurately spurious and dastardly rumours spread by a person who shall remain nameless (let’s call him Stan for argument’s sake) that we shall be happy with bribes of only chocolates and flowers? Naturally we live for literature and are doing this for the good of humanity, but any poor chump who thinks that he or she will have a chance in hell of winning this competition with a bunch of flowers, has another thing coming. ;-)


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

I haven't tried this cheese but you have convinced me that It is so delicious so I think that I will have to find some from somewhere.

I will let you know if I enjoyed it or not.

Take care.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Nellieanna,

I meant to comment on this tasteful tidbit as soon as it was posted, but found myself drawn to the kitchen every time I read it.

Suffice to say your poem is as savory as the victuals.

CP


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Ah a lady after my own cheesy heart. I love most cheese and Alfredo Sauce with this cheese is excellent. Cheese and crackers of all kinds are splendid. It's all in the right choices. Now I know why mice love cheese, if I reincarnate a Mouse I will be:0) Now I am up and running to slice some fine Old Cheddar from my fridge. You put the taste and wanting of cheese on my tongue. lol I rate this UP..bravo as I smile.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

My favorite food seems to be crackers and cheese and your lovely hub makes me salivate. How about a glass of wine with that?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, well, my dear Dimitris! This is nice to see. Being a candidate is all one can expect at this point and lucky to be that, with so many talented contenders for the prizes. Decided to get my name in the hat anyway, though.

Not expecting any special consideration, of course. But - now, about these bribes. . . do you prefer Godiva, Lindt or Lacta Chocolates? Truffles or assorted? I wouldn't think of bribing with flowers! Too, too crass!s ;->


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, well, my dear Dimitris! This is nice to see. Being a candidate is all one can expect at this point and lucky to be that, with so many talented contenders for the prizes. Decided to get my name in the hat anyway, though.

Not expecting any special consideration, of course. But - now, about these bribes. . . do you prefer Godiva, Lindt or Lacta Chocolates? Truffles or assorted? I wouldn't think of bribing with flowers, though! Too, too crass!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen, I doubt if you'll be disappointed! And you may find it easier to locate than expected. If not, you could try some Roquefort from France (also made from sheep's milk , as is Spain's Manchego).

Originally Greek Feta and Italian Ricotta were made from sheep's milk. What is nice to know is that sheep's milk is higher in protein than cow's. (nevermind that it is a bit higher in fat, too - it's healthier fat!)

But let's suppose you don't find any of those, then try a very well aged white Cheddar, which is yummy on the crackers too. The white is harder and has no additives. Some yellow cheeses have artificial coloring added.

But the Pecorino is just the most wonderful, so I hope you'll find some. Then share it with your beloved for a romantic snack on a wintry afternoon.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopher P. OK, all is forgiven. I'm very pleased your taste buds were stirred repeatedly! hehe. :-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - haha. Well what can I say. As the daughter of a man who originally planned to become a Wisconsin dairy farmer before ending up being a West Texas sheep and goat rancher, cheese is almost in my DNA. I can picture Daddy sitting at the kitchen table with whatever odoriferous cheese appealed to him right then, slicing off some and ecstatically savoring it with his favorite crackers. He was gentleman enough to spare the family the Limberger but he loved it too! Well - other than that one, I never met a cheese I didn't like, either. I'm known to slather soft real aged cheddar spread (a great brand from Canada - Black Diamond) on my toast instead of butter or Smart Balance. I figure those proteins make up for any extra fat grams. LOL.

If we ever manage to have a Hubber Get-Together, we'll have to serve cheeses!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores!! Oh my! Another kindred spirit!! Definitely a glass of wine with it would be divine. What kind would you prefer? Yum!! I can see a Madiera or a White Zinfandel. But I'm no wine connoisseur. Open to suggestions!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

There are other Pecorino cheeses than Romano. I suspect they depend on where produced. For instance, Pecorino Toscano is made in Tuscany, which claims to have the very best of conditions and it appears to be priced accordingly! So there are always more goodies to explore - someday!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Only, Nellieanna, could write such brilliant piece. Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Awww, you just have a way with words. I could taste that snack. I love you new avatar.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Ahhh, The ultimate cheese and crackers!!! Coupled with a glass of Syrah or Zinfandel, mangia bene.

BTW, if I munched while Hubbing, I'd go through about ten laptops a year... Loved it, Ciao!!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello! You're always so kind! THANK YOU for visiting my silly little poem & liking it! I like YOU!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Marte - I hope you do taste it! Thank you for the kind words, both about the words and the profile picture. Glad you like it! That really pleases me. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Jai Warren - aha! Wine suggestions for the snack. I'm a White Zin lover. I don't know Syrah. I'll look for it next time I shop for wine though I drink very sparsely (dries the skin, you know! I don't need that! - LOL)

Well, I know what you mean about munching while on the laptop, though it wasn't crumbs that did my Dell in recently. I dozed off with an almost empty bottle of Ozarka in my hand, and it tipped over, drenching me, the couch and enough on the laptop to fry its innards. Should have turned it upside down immediately, but it hardly looked wet and everything else involved was soaked. By the time I did turn it upside down, it was too late. Plus I fell down rushing to get everything dried and I NEVER fall down because I really hate to. LOL. (Modest injury- just fell on my right shoulder but nothing fatal. Thanks for wondering. hehe)

As for crumbs, though, I've always been careful. Came up with a little cleanup trick: fold a post-it note with the sticky on the outside and run that edge between the rows of the keyboard. Picks up any little fragments of lint, crumbs, falling hair, etc. However I don't think it would work or be wise for my new MacPro, what with its lighted keyboard and individual island-keys. But I got a couple of silicone covers for its keyboard; one to use while the other is drying from a bath. I love this solution! And a tiny electronics vacuum for any stray bit of debris.

So pleased you visited and like it, kind sir!


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I hate it at night when I am trying to catch up on all my reading of my friends Hubs and they are writing about food. Shame on you for writing with your wonderful skills on the thing I should be trying to avoid. Shame on you. I love you! Now off to the kitchen in the middle of the night for crackers and beautiful cheese.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pecorino, Ah yes I can smell it now! I dare not think of it's delicate texture only to be matched by the bold and yet amazing taste. I adore Pecorino on a good cracker. Red wine is a nice added touch. I love it and now am dreaming of Pecorino. Ah sooo gooood! Peace :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

OOPs - sorry BJ. I will confess that I brush my teeth after I have my evening meal and then eat nothing more till morning. It's the thought of having to brush them again that stops me. And I am often up either late or very early. And I don't have morning food till at least 5 or 6 AM - or later. Otherwise I'd be hungry all morning! LOL. I start with only fresh fruit in the morning. But I indulge in the cheese treats in the afternoons quite often. You know - when that 4 o'clock slump strikes and just to have something yummy to munch becomes the main point of living? LOL And actually Pecorino sliced really thin is among the less calorific cheeses and Ak-Mak is loaded with healthy stuff, has no fat and it is certainly not "empty calories". You may not need another grain for the day, though, if you're watching what you eat.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Katie - now you're making me hungry for some! I just had a couple of Carr's rosemary crackers with some of that spreadable aged Black Diamond cheese I mentioned in one of the comments. I wasn't quite ready for Pecorino. I just needed some protein. Need to get myself ready for, first, a trip back to the dentist to repair a nick out of my temporary bridge they put in Monday when they made the final impression for the permanent one. Got a seed or something stuck in it from Health Nut bread - and I wasn't even chewing on that side of my mouf. LOL And then I have a mammogram date. ugh. While out, will catch up a couple of other errands.

It's a glorious day here - sunny and mild, only a slight breeze. Started with an odd cloud cover that was only over Dallas, not any of the surrounding countryside, DFW or Ft. Worth. But it's all gone now and I have the doors and windows open. Just so pleasant!!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

You've made my mouth water! Loved the poem too!

Thanks for writing and sharing.

Love and peace

Tony


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tony! What a pleasure to see YOU here! Thank you!!!


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Same as BJ I'm off to the kitchen for a midnight snack. I have some parmigiano (no pecorino I'm afraid) in the fridge so I guess that's what I'm having. Food, food, glorious food. Thanks Nellieanna (oh and Stan too).


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Marie - Parmigiano Reggiano is every bit as yummy as Pecorino, but a bit harder to handle, being more crumbly. I discovered it first with the Ak-Mak, but when I found Pecorino, I preferred it a bit. Food is such a marvelous necessity AND luxury! Thank you for the lovely comments, and yes - Stan gets major credit! I would never have considered writing about my favorite cheese and crackers without his influence! Now I may do it again for other favorite tidbits.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Would you believe I have tried neither Ak-Mak nor Pecorino? I have led such a sheltered life hehehe. Well done! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, heck! Now the fog has been lifted! You must try some!! No excuses now! :-)

Thank you for the comment!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I love those crackers with goat cheese- any kind of goat cheese. Now I'm hungry!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

UM HUM Micky!! I had some earlier - sort of in lieu of lunch, in fact. Now it's time for my favorite Nellieanna Hot Salad Soup - lol - a great Sunday night repast, with some crackers. Go for the cheese, Micky!! :-)

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