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    San Francisco and black people distinctly do not remind me of cheese, so I thought this would be a good time to discuss a type of cheese I do not think I have ever eaten.

    Camembert is made from unpasteurized cow's milk, and is ripened by the moulds Penicillium candida and Penicillium camemberti for at least three weeks. It is produced in small rounds, about 250 grams in weight, which are then typically wrapped in paper and packaged in thin wooden boxes.



    When fresh, it is quite crumbly and relatively hard, but characteristically ripens and becomes more runny and strongly flavoured as it ages.

    Camembert can be used in many dishes, but is also popularly eaten uncooked on bread or with wine or meat, to enjoy the subtle flavour and texture which does not survive heating. It is usually served at room temperature.

    Camembert was reputedly invented in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer from Normandy, thanks to advice from a priest who came from Brie.[1]

    However, the origin of the cheese we know today as camembert is more likely to rest with the beginnings of the industrialisation of the cheese-making process at the end of the 19th century. In 1890, an engineer, M. Ridel invented the wooden box which was used to carry the cheese and helped to send it for longer distances, in particular to America where it became very popular. These boxes are still used today.

    Before fungi were properly understood, the colour of Camembert rind was a matter of chance, most commonly blue-grey, with brown spots. From the early 20th century onwards the rind has been more commonly pure white, but it was not until the mid-1970s that pure white became standard.

    The cheese was famously issued to French troops during World War I, becoming firmly fixed in French popular culture as a result. It has many other roles in French culture, literature and history. It is now internationally known, and many local varieties are made around the world.

    The cheese is said to have inspired Salvador Dalí to create his famous painting, The Persistence of Memory. Its "melting" watches were inspired by the sight of a melting wheel of over-ripe Camembert.[citation needed]

    The Camembert de Normandie was granted a protected designation of origin in 1992 after the original AOC in 1983.

    Boy, I do like cheese! I suppose I will have to try Camembert sometime. Has anyone else tried it? It's so cute --- here it looks like a melting wedding cake on a hot July afternoon.

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    "cheese is the devil's plaything"- House

    sorry my response before probably didn't make sense- I'm working on a paper and a power point presentation both right now!

    oh- and I hate cheese!
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    That was a cheesy response.

    And very insensitive to the issue at hand.
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    Camembert is decent but not my favourite.

    I think the derailing has to be more subtle though, or it's cheating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I think the derailing has to be more subtle though, or it's cheating.
    I think the thread topic has developed into a discussion that is more interesting, and has greater importance, relative to the original thread concept.


    Oh, and. . . several of you look like racists at this point.


    Carry on. . .
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    well- every time you derail it Haight tries to make you feel terrible about neglecting minorities in the SF bay area! It seems completely unfair to dare us to derail a thread and then make us feel bad about it!
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    Speaking of San Fransisco, did you know that feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Speaking of San Fransisco, feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats.
    is there a dog AIDS? I've occasionally wondered that and wondered if there was a vaccine against it I could get for my dog- I'd be rather devastated if he died!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Speaking of San Fransisco, did you know that feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats?
    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    is there a dog AIDS? I've occasionally wondered that and wondered if there was a vaccine against it I could get for my dog- I'd be rather devastated if he died!
    Allow me to repeat:

    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    I think the thread topic has developed into a discussion that is more interesting, and has greater importance, relative to the original thread concept.


    Oh, and. . . several of you look like racists at this point.


    Carry on. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    is there a dog AIDS? I've occasionally wondered that and wondered if there was a vaccine against it I could get for my dog- I'd be rather devastated if he died!
    Yes! Many animals can catch and transmit STDS. Parrots can get papalomas which are growths on the inside of their vent. Horses (I think it's called EIV) and cats( it's called FIV) get their own forms of AIDS/HIV. Dogs get various STDS that cause infertility. Horses get an STD that causes uterine scaring. I believe Frogs can get a fungus, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
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