The cheese matters

19 Oct

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I didn’t need to buy this hunk of cheese.

But I wanted to.

Real bad.

All this nonsense about slapping a 25 percent tariff on Italian cheeses just burns my ass. 

Don’t worry, I promise not to get all political on you here. I simply want to say that, for this one very brief moment yesterday, before those Trump tariffs were to go into effect, I stuck it to the man by proudly purchasing five pounds of 24-month Parmigiano-Reggiano. 

Small victories, I know, but still…

The cheese block was sourced by my friends (and swell restaurateurs) Laura and Bob, and for the very nice un-Trumpian-screw-your-longtime European allies (not to mention your own citizens) price of $11 a pound. 

Going forward the cheese, along with a number of other products that are made by our friends in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, will unnecessarily cost a good deal more. 

All because a small man with little knowledge and no respect for others decided that it must.

Seriously. Isn’t it about time this guy went back to doing what he’s good at. Like bankrupting casinos or running phony charities and colleges, or maybe just acting like a smart businessperson on TV?

Oops. Think I just broke my promise.

17 Responses to “The cheese matters”

  1. Darlene October 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    Why did you have to ruin my favorite blog with a political comment. So sorry that I cannot follow you anymore.

    • Lillian October 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

      My my, aren’t you a snowflake…

  2. Peter October 19, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

    Go to Japan

  3. peg October 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

    i fell the same way.! We do not need your political opinion! You just ruined this site for me!

  4. Alan Doctors October 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    So agree with you. And if we idiots in the UK choose to Brexit, the Lord knows how much we’ll pay.
    And why can’t I buy Provolone in UK? Does it have an alternative name? Or do I have to continue to smuggle it home in my cabin baggage. I used to take Vidalia onions home for my dad.
    The worst thing I did was pack case full of dry ice. Ever see luggage emit CO2 fumes? Not a good look, but we weren’t so security conscious and my daughters loved Eggo waffles.
    Please keep writing about good Italian food.

  5. Pam McClure October 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

    Glad you got it. I have such loathing for what’s going on now…just can barely stand it.

  6. Lee October 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    I agree 100% Goodbye and good riddance to those small minded people.
    Trump has been a disaster to our country.

    • Cherrykee October 20, 2019 at 12:14 am #

      Totally agree

  7. Kathy October 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

    Mr. Meatball…… I always look forward to your wonderful writing and recipes! Look forward to WHATEVER you say on your blog! 👍🏼👍🏼

  8. Brian C. Doutaz October 20, 2019 at 12:10 am #

    Not political but factual.

    Great commentary on the state of world affairs today.

    Cheers,

    Brian

  9. Lynette October 20, 2019 at 7:09 am #

    Very wise and valid column. Thank you.

  10. Richard Torres October 20, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    OK, here we go, why dont you just stick with the Pasta and meatballs and keep your liberal political opinions to your self. And while I am at it your blog has not been the same since it was taken over by some large corporation, It lacks the homespun stories and recipes of the, real Mr. Meatball.

  11. DAVE BLAKNEY October 21, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

    my only problem with the president is that he is a lying, criminal, racist buffoon. other than that, great guy, the best, terrific.

  12. Arlene Thorne October 22, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

    Wholeheartedly agree. Love your blog and your comments – don’t pay attention to the haters.

  13. Lesley October 23, 2019 at 2:08 am #

    Disappointed you let political commentary creep into your beautiful blog.

  14. Dan November 23, 2019 at 3:40 am #

    I always enjoy your writing, no matter the subject. Keep up the good work and the wonderful food!

  15. Denise December 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

    Your blog….your right to spew! And I must answer with a rousing AMEN!

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