Cracker Barrel Asiago

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AsiagoREADING TERMINAL MARKET Philadelphia boasts a few fantastic vendors.  Regularly I saddle up to a short counter for a bowl each of rice & steamed greens with scallions and oyster sauce.  Then maybe to the Amish deli case, where you can still lay a dollar on the counter and get a dollar’s meat.  Don’t forget the donut maker.  Hundreds, nay, thousands, boiled daily in vats of fresh oil.  Mmmmmmm donuts.

Today the Health Angel whispered from my shoulder.  No donuts.  After rice and greens, I happened past a cheese counter the better part of a city block long.  If cheese you want, this is the place.

A few weeks ago, the local grocer’s featured a seasonal Cracker Barrel offering, Asiago.  A very interesting flavor.  Cracker Barrel will sell you a chunk for a fifth of the cheese counter’s price.  It is a decent offering.  Pairs nicely with olives, pepperoncini, maybe a few crackers.

Pepperoncini PepperIf you see Cracker Barrel on sale, stock up!  Be sure to grab a 7 oz package of chunk Asiago.  Later, join me at RTM.  We’ll splurge on the real stuff at five times the price.  A little comparative munching.  Both are worth it.  Both are great values.

What happened at the RTM cheese counter?  I sampled.  Much stronger then Cracker Barrel.  “This is real cheese, son”.  Well worth $12.99 a pound.  $9.99 if over a pound.  They happened to have a single ½ pound piece already cut from the wheel.  I did them the favor of buying for a fiver laid on the counter.

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