When talking about cheese it is hard not to keep bringing up the French, but we must give credit where credit is due. Not only do the French have their official 360 cheeses but they also have an infinite number of ideas about what to do with cheese. One of the best uses of cheese is in something called aligot, a dish found in the Aubrac region of the Cevennes—there's something about mountains that brings up cheese genius. Mountains are like the Silicon Valley of the cheese world—home to entrepreneurs and visionaries, people not afraid to experiment. In any case, aligot features a nice mountain cheese called cantal. Essentially it's mashed potatoes with cheese, but it tastes like so much more than that. Perhaps because the recipe calls for stirring the cheese into the potatoes continuously for 40 minutes in the same direction, so as not to break the strings of cheese. Aligot is great to eat on a cold day. It is not so great to eat right before climbing a very big hill on a bicycle.