Just as you always have a bottle of wine on hand for unexpected company or one of those days, and you keep cookie dough in the freezer in case of emergency, you should always -- always! -- have a sharp triangle of Parmesan in your cheese drawer.
Because Parmesan will make any savory dish better, more deeply flavored, more likely to inspire all those semi-inappropriate noises you make when you eat something really, really good. All hail Parmesan, king of the foods!
Chicken Fingers by Merrill Stubbs
Italian Celery and Mushroom Salad by Waverly
Black Pepper Popovers with Chives and Parmesan by FamilyStyle Food
These Oysters ROCK! Oysters Rockefeller by lorigoldsby
Hand-Formed Parmesan Tater Tots by CamillaMMann
Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan by Merrill Stubbs
Leek, Fennel, and Mushroom Galette from Waverly
Parmesan Broth by Sue Conley & Peggy Smith
Craig Claiborne's Pasta con Asparagi by Genius Recipes
Extra-Tender Meatballs by Merrill Stubbs