At the cheese shop in Sutter Creek, California, Dominic, the shop keeper on duty mentioned a recent study that said cheese and chocolate were good for your health.

Really?

I live on low-fat cheese and low-cal English muffins with a slice of tomato (real tomato) enlivened by garlic powder and oregano for breakfast. A Weight Watcher’s pizza, I think it was called decades ago, when I began to take dieting seriously.

“No, no,” Domenic insisted, and since he was a native of France, I took him at his food-word seriously. “If the taste is intense, you want less.”

True, I thought. My low-fat Jarlsberg was good as far as it went, but it often left me craving more.

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I was exploring Sutter Creek, a cute little Gold Rush town in the Sierra foothills, that had some hip new additions since I’d been there last, like Fine Eye, a gallery of modern jewelry and art, and Sutter Creek Cheese Shoppe Artisanal Cheese, the opening wedge to foodie ville. At this point there’s only one restaurant everyone agrees is great: Taste in Plymouth, but the future is clear. Now there’s a mini-Napa of sumptuous vineyards on the Plymouth Wine Trail.

“Have you had breakfast,” Domenic politely asked, bringing me back to the present. “Or would you like a few nibbles to tide you over.”

Nibbles, please.

He filled a container with tastes of the day. A creamy Swiss, a dry aged Romano. I walked up Main Street and down, tasting my cheese bits, checking out stores.

The tastes of the cheese nibbles linger. Rich and delicious. More filling, indeed, than diet cheese.

Writing prompts

1. Describe your favorite meal.

2. How do you feel about dieting?

Copyright © 2015 by Laura Deutsch

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