This year is starting up right. A package arrived late morning from our friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery—the best cheese purveyors we know. Nestled in a bed of excelsior were two perfectly ripe cows’ milk cheeses—their own Devil’s Gulch, a bloomy rind cheese sprinkled with sweet and hot pepper flakes, and a wedge of Saint Nectaire from the Auvergne, a washed rind cheese aged on rye straw. We ditched our lunch plans, toasted some bread, and had the most delicious time. You never know what life is going serve up—today we were the lucky ones.