Raclette: The Perfect Melting Cheese

Raclette has more than one definition. Raclette is a Swiss cheese dish, a cultural land mark, the name of a cheese, a table top appliance, a dining experience, a great time! Raclette is very popular in Europe, especially in the Swiss Alps and other ski regions. And that’s where it’s said Raclette came from. Back … Read more

Manchego Cheese: A True Taste of Spain

If you go to the La Mancha region in central Spain, home to the famous Don Quixote, you’ll have the pleasure of tasting queso Manchego, or Manchego cheese. Of course, you can sample this cheese in other parts of the country, and even abroad, but there is nothing like nibbling on the real thing in … Read more

Jarlsberg: A Norwegian Experience And The Largest-Selling Imported Cheese In The US

Jarlsberg is often referred to as a type of Swiss or Baby Swiss cheese. It actually originated in Norway, but it’s a direct descendant of the great Swiss Emmentaler — the classic “Swiss” cheese with the large holes. So, the story goes, Emmentaler cheese was introduced into Scandinavia around 1830, and within 20 years the … Read more

Havarti: The Danish Cheese, not the Cheese Danish

When we think about Danish cheeses, we often think about Danish Blue, Esrom, Danbo… but, by far the most popular cheese that is exported from Denmark is Havarti. Havarti is a semi-soft cheese, which has a creamy buttery flavor. It goes great on the cheese board with figs and sliced bread, or melted atop a … Read more

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake: For the Cheese and Pasta Lover

CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA BAKE I don’t know about you, but I love a good Alfredo. It’s rich, it’s oh so yummy. And why shouldn’t we love it? It has all the goodness of butter, cream and Parmesan. Creamy. Cheesy. Yummy. So today we’re taking good old Alfredo sauce and making a chicken pasta bake. And we’ll … Read more

What’s Better Than A Cavs’ Championship? Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

Gouda, or “How-da” as the locals say, is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. If truth be told, it is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world’s cheese consumption. It is a semi-hard cheese celebrated for its rich, unique … Read more

Insalata Caprese: Simple, Elegant, Refreshing, Delicious

INSALATA CAPRESE: THE ENDURING STYLE OF ITALIAN CUISINE No one can quite say when or where the most famously simple of all salads — the insalata caprese — first appeared on the scene, or the exact origin of when it was named after that beautiful sun-soaked isle of Capri, part of very historic Campania region. … Read more

The Limburger Legacy: A Cheese That Has No Equal

“Limburger—Don’t Eat It with Your Nose.” So reads the sign above the bar at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern in Monroe, Wisconsin: the only city in America where Limburger cheese is still made. Limburger has been the butt of jokes for nearly a century, though to be honest, it smells more like feet. Past celebrities … Read more

Gruyere Cheese: A History As Rich and Fascinating As Its Flavor

HISTORY OF GRUYERE CHEESE Gruyere cheese has a history as rich and nutty as its flavor. This is a cheese so good and so fascinating that countries went to war over it! Yes, you read that right… war. Gruyere’s identity crisis Is Gruyere a Swiss cheese? Is it French? Is it Austrian? It is hard to … Read more

Marinate Cheese? Did Heaven’s Gates Open?

Summertime is all about easy entertaining and easier food: bountiful produce allows us to spend less time fussing in the kitchen and more time al fresco with friends. I’m all about quick recipes that produce big flavor, and these marinated mozzarella balls do just that. The best part? They get better the longer they sit, … Read more