Another entry on our possible pasts
Her: What are you eating on that?
Me: Cream cheese. Kinda.
Her: What does that mean?
Me: Well, it all started years ago…
Her: Oh no…
Just had a bagel with cream cheese.
Check that, I just had a bagel with light cream cheese.
Well, that’s not totally true either – I had a bagel with a cheese called Neufchâtel, which I mentioned in passing once before.
Here’s the story: A fella named Bill tried to recreate a French cheese called Neufchâtel here in the states. But, because of the differences in milk, climate, cows, etc., it wasn’t quite right. So he added cream to it to make it more appealing, resulting in what we call cream cheese now.
Decades later, with improved technology, companies were able to better mimic Neufchâtel without the cream. As an added bonus, they realized that, without the added cream, it was naturally lighter in calories and fat.
But, because now everyone was more familiar with the name Cream Cheese over Neufchâtel, they simply called it Light Cream Cheese.
If you read this blog, you’ll see that one of the themes I have is how location influences things – sometimes for the better and sometimes not
I wonder what my life would have been like if we never came here? Suppose it’s a strange obsession I have with knowing my possible pasts.
Me:…and that’s the story of Light Cream Cheese.
Location: a building with bedbugs on the top floor
Music: it’s still an obsession