Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

How I got my teenage son to eat cranberries February 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 9:32 AM

The Cheese Cave opened last June along Central Avenue in historic downtown Faribault.

WHEN I PURCHASED a chunk of White Cheddar Cranberry Cheese at The Cheese Cave in Faribault a few weeks ago, I was thinking of my husband. He likes cranberries. I mean he really, really, really likes cranberries.

He will be the first to tell you, and I will agree, that my extended family is not much of a cranberry-consuming bunch. When we get together for Thanksgiving, one small can of cranberries feeds the whole family, with plenty left over.

That’s not to say I dislike cranberries. I simply don’t care for plain cranberries, jellied or whole. Now cranberry juice, oddly enough, is my favorite of all juices.

So with that background, you will understand that choosing a cheese speckled with cranberries would not be an expected choice for me. But remember, I was thinking of my cranberry-loving spouse.

Cheeses I purchased recently at The Cheese Cave, left to right, Cheddar blue, White Cheddar Cranberry and St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese.

I wasn’t considering the tastes of my nearly 16-year-old son, who likes cheese, yogurt and ice cream and drinks so much milk that a family cow would be a good investment. It turns out he not only willingly tried the White Cheddar Cranberry Cheese, but actually likes it.

He doesn’t, however, know the truth about this cheese. My son thought, still thinks, that he was eating cheese peppered with, well, hot red peppers. (I assure you, this cheese tastes nothing like Pepper Jack Cheese.) But I’m not about to tell my finicky I-don’t-like-fruit-except-for-bananas teen that he was eating a forbidden-from-his-diet fruit like cranberries.

And I don’t expect you to reveal this secret either.

This all reminds me of a sister-in-law, who shall remain unnamed. She liked Rocky Mountain Oysters….until she discovered that she wasn’t eating oysters after all, but…

The Cheese Cave is housed in a beautifully-restored building in downtown Faribault. The interior, with an arched ceiling and sandstone-colored walls, mimics the caves where Faribault Dairy ages its cheeses.

CHECK OUT THE CHEESE CAVE, one of the newest businesses in historic downtown Faribault and touted as a gourmet destination. Located at 318 Central Avenue North, this store serves as the retail outlet for The Faribault Dairy Company, award-winning makers of cave-aged Blue and Gorgonzola Cheeses. In addition to an interesting variety of cheeses, you’ll find gourmet foods here. You can also grab a bite to eat with specialty soups, sandwiches and salads served. Those can be paired with a limited selection of wine, beer and drinks. Cooking demonstrations and wine, beer and cheese tasting are also offered at The Cheese Cave.

The Cheese Cave, a blue cheese lovers destination for Amablu and St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese, made by The Faribault Dairy Company.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


4 Responses to “How I got my teenage son to eat cranberries”

  1. Faribault looks like such a picturesque place. Our brick buildings are far and few between. The real building boom took place in the late seventies early 80’s so you can only imagine…I thought I would let you know about a little unknown blog, likely written for family (saw her comment on Pioneer woman, and was curious about the name), in which I think, the writing is wonderful. It’s called 2to4aday. I think you might like it.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Faribault is a lovely city of about 22,000 or so. I believe we have more nationally-designated historic downtown buildings than any other Minnesota community. So, yes, there are lots of wonderfully-restored old brick buildings.

      Our historic roots are in fur trading with Faribault settled sometime in the late 1850s. Since I’m not originally from here, I don’t know all of the history off the top of my head.

      Two rivers wind through our town of flat lands, woods and hills, making the terrain here quite different from the southwestern Minnesota prairie where I grew up.

      However, I heard this morning that your area of Canada, near the Peace River, (I hope I’m remembering correctly) is beautiful. That comes from Howard, who knows the Agronomist.

  2. …I just checked, and she is also from Minnesota. A place called Alexandria. How is it all my reading is from Minnesota? There must be similarities to Northern Alberta that makes me connect.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Perhaps it’s the similarities in climate and people that have drawn you to Minnesota blogs. Whatever the reason, we’re happy to have you aboard! Alexandria is 200 – 250 miles northwest of Faribault. It’s home to the Kensington Runestone. Check that out. Thanks for stopping by Minnesota Prairie Roots, Dana. I’ll check out the Alexandria-based blog you suggested.

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