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The Desert Island Food Game

Humboldt Fog, in all its glory

Humboldt Fog, in all its glory

By Denise Mickelsen, senior editor

February 17th, 2010

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have ONE food to eat, day in and day out, what would it be?  Obviously, this is not a question of survival or prolonged good health but rather, what's that one flavorful food that you can't imagine living without?

For me, there's no question -- my desert island food is cheese.  And not just any cheese, but my all-time favorite goat cheese, Humboldt Fog.  Have you ever tried it?  A friend introduced me to it years ago (thanks, Kayla!), and despite enjoying many, many delicious cheeses since then, Humboldt Fog has been at the top of my list since that first taste.

It's a soft-ripened goat cheese with a ribbon of edible vegetable ash running through its center and under its thin white skin. It's dense, super creamy, and tangy, and even if my island was hot and dry and sandy, I'd still want to eat this cheese every day. It's that good. Granted, on my ideal island there would also be fresh grapes and figs, honey, and cool, crisp white wine to go with the cheese... but stranded beggars can't be choosers.

What would you want to eat on your desert island?  Fish or fowl?  Fruit or veggies?  Cheese or...?

 

posted in: Blogs, Denise Mickelsen, desert island, Humboldt Fog, Cypress Grove Chevre
Comments (17)

MaryannaP writes: Why hasn't anyone said that they could not live without pizza, the world's most perfect food? It has all the necessary food groups - dairy, vegetables, carbs, fat, and yumminess. That would be all I would need to eat on a desert island as long as I could get it thin crust and crispy. Posted: 1:05 pm on February 26th

duckette writes: I WOULD HAVE TO SAY SOUTHERN TEXAS FRIED SHRIMP, CAN'T GO WITH OUT SEAFOOD ON AN ISLAND. NOT SURE HOW TO COOK THEM, CAN ALWAYS EAT THEM RAW IF NEEDED. BUT I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE CHOCOLATE TURTLES, CHOCOLATE IS A MUST. Posted: 10:45 am on February 26th

FredBusse writes: I'll assume before the plane or ship went down, I grabbed my chef's knife! Then if there is only one food it would have to be Mackeral. The oily flesh is awesome as sashimi and I think I could survive just eating sashimi! Posted: 9:54 pm on February 25th

cook1928 writes: crispy, crunchy, salty french fries! Posted: 5:38 pm on February 25th

betty413 writes: I totally agree with the fried rice idea, but oh, then there's my Mom's fresh cherry pie with stir-n-roll pie crust; it's as good as anything in the world. I'm a good cook but I never could make it as good as hers. Posted: 12:06 pm on February 25th

gril writes: just got back from an island, they did have almost everything already, fresh fish, veggies, fruit...........so, as a bunch of us sat around one night we talked about what we missed the most........it was unanimous after some discussion.........chocolate turtles Posted: 6:30 am on February 25th

whackyjacky writes: Actually, my first choice would be p'nut butter, but only if I had water; and if not water, then it would be bananas...
Posted: 8:07 pm on February 24th

edithcolon writes: Definitely with Starfruit. Is a combination of solid and water and the seeds can be planted in order to multiplicate and have starfruit soon the whole year!!! Posted: 4:37 pm on February 24th

Judith2 writes: I like the peanut butter idea, I was one of the pb&j generation, but I think I would choose quinoa. It's a great grain, high in protein and could be used for every meal. It makes a great salad you just change the ingredients to what ever is left in the frig. or should I say found on the island. Posted: 3:03 pm on February 24th

leimbach writes: Chicken leg and thigh quarters. Tasty, cheap (tho not a factor for the island), and can be made at least 1 million or more ways. Posted: 2:39 pm on February 24th

ratso70 writes: Cheese, bread, they're all good but you can't live on bread (or cheese) alone. For me, give me barbecued pork fried rice, Chinese style, from my favorite restaurant right here in San Marcos, California, CHIN's. It has BBQ pork, rice, veges, eggs, and with a little soy sauce, I could survive forever! Posted: 1:51 pm on February 24th

JuliRoberts writes: Hands down... home made breaded chicken cutlets. Crispy and juicy and good hot or cold! Not sure how I would store them or cook them, but that is not the question :p Posted: 6:16 pm on February 21st

hungrymom writes: Honey Yogurt (Honey Yo-Lite) from the Blue Ridge Dairy in Leesburg, VA.
Peanut butter is a close second. Posted: 9:52 pm on February 20th

DMickelsen writes: Maggy, so glad to hear that you're a Cypress Grove junkie like me! Cooperb and GeorgeCooks, you've both got something there! After all, most people I know were practically raised on peanut butter sandwiches. Posted: 4:29 pm on February 19th

cookdaily writes: I just had Cypress Grove Cheese for the first time last week! I would definitely choose that cheese, without any shadow of a doubt. Although I would need fresh french baguette to go with it! Posted: 4:05 pm on February 18th

cooperb writes: Bread! Just set me up with an eternally replenishing supply of crusty french bread or dense, chewy sourdough and I'm good to go! Posted: 1:56 pm on February 18th

GeorgeCooks writes: Peanut butter. I never get tired of it. As an added bonus, it's actually pretty nutritionally sound. Posted: 4:29 pm on February 17th

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