I Tried Limburger Cheese | Danny's Universe

I was having lunch with some friends a while back, who were visiting from out of town.  

As we were enjoying each other's company over plates of Mexican food,


the conversation drifted to their home state.

My friends live in Wisconsin.

I mentioned that I haven't been there much, but had other friends who used to live there.  

I said something like, "They always talked about how cold it gets there.  I  can't imagine living in a place where it gets that cold."

Then I asked them about the cheese.  They could take one look at my plate of tacos covered in cheese, and know I love the stuff.  

I had of course heard about the cheeseheads at the Green Bay Packers football games, and the foam hats made to look like big slices of cheese.

We talked about the festivals, and the huge variety of cheese, you can sample and buy there.

I told them that I LOVE cheese, but there was a very famous cheese I had never tried - Limburger.

All I really knew about it was the smell it's famous for.  My friend said it had a strong flavor, but she actually likes it, and a lot of Wisconsinites do too.

My Gift
Fast forward a month or two, I got a message that my friends were back in town.  They had a gift for me.

They had brought me some Limburger Cheese!


 I was excited to see them of course.  We met at a local diner, and had a nice visit.  Then, Sue handed me the package.

I asked, "Should I eat it plain, or on something?"

She kinda laughed, and said I would want it on something.  It has a very strong flavor. 

My First Taste
A day or two later, I had one of my middle of the night sandwiches for a snack.  I opened the package she had had given me.

It was double-bagged, with a package of cheese inside.  When I opened the final foiled package, I had to take a sniff.

Actually, I didn't have to try.  As soon as I began to cut the foil package... BOOM!

What was it like?
To give you an idea of what the smell was like, this is what Wikipedia says:  "known for its strong smell caused by the bacterium Brevibacterium linens."

So I thought, ok I get it bacteria.  That's because of the aging.  Then I noticed there was a link for the type of bacteria, so I clicked on it.

"...ubiquitously present on the human skin, where it causes foot odor. The familiar odor is..."

I'm like, say what? 

Limburger Cheese Taste
Anyway, I was building a pretty big sandwich, so I cut some cheese off, and put a generous amount on my wee small hours creation.

Of course I added other seasoning, and vegetables, but I have to say, it was actually pretty good!  I liked it.  

I don't know what that says about me or what it means, but I liked it.

I've tried it on a few other things, but still have some left in an extremely airtight container in my refrigerator.  

I have to say that the 12 year old boy still living inside me has thought of a few pranks I could play with some of this stuff!

For now though, I am just happy to eat it.

Thanks Jim and Sue!

The Takeaway
Sometimes, things may appear one way on the outside, but be entirely different on the inside.

If I had only judged the Limburger Cheese by my first thought, I wouldn't have tried it.

It does make me wonder about the first guy who tried it though.  What made him try it?  Oh well, I'm glad he did.

Thank you for reading, 
Love one another

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need, please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice. Dannys Universe is intended as a fun and educational endeavor.

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