September is National Italian Cheese Month. Italy produces approximately 600 different types of cheeses. Some of their most famous cheeses date back as long as 2,000 years. The European Commission has granted a number of these cheeses protected status; the most famous have the DOP* status.     A BRIEF HISTORY OF ITALIAN CHEESE According […]

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September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day. How about going beyond mozzarella with this Detroit Pizza recipe? The classic Detroit pizza uses mozzarella plus brick cheese.     WHAT IS BRICK CHEESE? Brick cheese is a specialty of Wisconsin, made in a brick-shaped form, a medium-hard cheese like Cheddar or Limburger. The mild and earthy […]

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August is National Goat Cheese Month, so this past weekend, we grabbed a log of goat cheese and crackers for our guests. Although a log of fresh goat cheese is spreadable, it’s also crumbly. For the sake of neatness, we decided to pre-spread the crackers. Then we had a tray full of boring-looking, white-topped crackers. […]

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[1] Lobster Mac & Cheese on the half shell (photo © Goldbelly). [2] Lobster Mac & Cheese in ramekins (photos #2 and #3 © Bloomingdale’s). [3] Lobster Mac & Cheese in your own casserole dish. [4] Gnocchi Mac & Cheese. Here’s the recipe (photo © DeLallo). [6] Two-Pasta Mac & Cheese. Here, it’s elbows and […]

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[1] Loaded bacon cheese fries are easy to make (both photos © Idaho Potato Commission). [2] A Greek salad with Greek-seasoned fries (oregano, thyme, garlic). Here’s the recipe. [3] Grown In Idaho frozen crinkle-cut fries (photo © Coltrane’s).   July 13th, National French Fry Day: The very name suggests that, no matter how hard you’ve […]

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[1] A French charcuterie board. Here’s the “recipe” (photo © Domino). [2] A German charcuterie board. Here’s the “recipe” (photo © Schneiders). [3] Italian charcuterie board. Here’s the “recipe” (photo © Harry And David). [4] Spanish charcuterie board. Here’s the “recipe” (photo © My Kitchen Love). [5] A charcuterie board doesn’t have to be as […]

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June 15th, National Lobster Day. Decisions, decisions. A lobster roll? Lobster and avocado salad? Broiled lobster tails? Lobster pot pie? We’re going for Lobster Mac & Cheese today. Inspired by this recipe from DeLallo, we made a big batch and paired it with a buttery Chardonnay, 2019 Au Bon Climat Los Alamos Historic Vineyard Chardonnay, […]

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