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American Cheese Month Grilled Cheeses

American Cheese Month Grilled Cheeses

If you hadn’t heard by now, October was American Cheese Month. Unfortunately, I was a little late to the party, my life was all over the place, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t celebrate. And celebrate I did. Thanks to Whole Foods, I was able […]

Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

Sweet Dumpling Squash Grilled Cheese

There is no doubt in my mind that Cabot knows how to promote their cheeses. Not only do they send new, free cheese on a regular basis, which is awesome in of itself, they also send little extras that make their package even more amazing. […]

Lou Bergier Pichin & Rustico Red Pepper Cheeses

Lou Bergier Pichin & Rustico Red Pepper Cheeses

Longer ago than I would like to admit, I was at my local Whole Foods shopping, when I stumbled upon the Tepin Chile. I love chiles and heat, as much as my body can take, but I had never heard of a Tepin Chile. Normally, the story would end there but then I discovered the price: $284.99/lb. Not only do I now have no idea what a Tepin Chile is, I now have no idea why it costs as much as it does. That led me to take a picture, put it on Instagram and ask the Internet if they knew why the Tepin Chile costs $284.99/lb. (more…)

Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese

Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese

I must start this post with sincerest apologies to Cabot. I don’t even know when at this point, but Cabot sent me a pack of cheese, including their Everything Bagel Cheddar. Ever since, I had wanted to make an Everything Bagel Grilled Cheese. I was […]

“Royal Cheddar” Grilled Cheese

“Royal Cheddar” Grilled Cheese

Recently, I received an email from Whole Foods PR department with the subject of “A cheese worthy of a prince – Royal Addition One-Year-Old Cheddar at Whole Foods Market”. As usual, I just thought it was spam/a come on and nothing really worth reading. Out […]

My Visit to Lake Erie Creamery

My Visit to Lake Erie Creamery

When you visit a creamery, regardless of whether they milk their own animals or not, the last thing you think you will come into contact with is an old-time office building in the heart of an urban city. However, that is exactly where Lake Erie Creamery is located and they are more than making it work. Sure, they would prefer a larger space, and may find one sooner rather than later, but this small operation is firing on all cylinders.

I had heard of Lake Erie Creamery here and there but only first tasted their cheese when I created my Local Lunch Series and experienced their Croquis fresh cheese. I was able to meet Brian Moran, owner of Lake Erie Creamery, at a recent Ohio Cheese Guild/GrilledShane event, but it was busy and we were only able to speak briefly. Eventually, we connected on Twitter and I was invited to visit the creamery. Once my schedule opened up, I drove down to Fulton Road in Cleveland with the sous chef in the passenger seat. (more…)

Local Lunch: Lake Erie Creamery Croquis

Local Lunch: Lake Erie Creamery Croquis

Editor’s Note: Please make sure not to miss the other entries in the Local Lunch Series. As I have previously mentioned, the amount and quality of local, Ohio cheeses has increased exponentially. It is simply amazing how delicious the choices are, providing every variety you […]

Local Lunch: Mayfield Road Creamery Siberian Night

Local Lunch: Mayfield Road Creamery Siberian Night

Editor’s Note: Please make sure not to miss the other entries in the Local Lunch Series. “Local” is the buzzword in the food industry. Everybody wants local ingredients when they go to their favorite restaurant or grocery store/market. It not only helps the local economy […]

Local Lunch: Mackenzie Creamery Sweet Fire Chèvre

Local Lunch: Mackenzie Creamery Sweet Fire Chèvre

Hopefully you enjoyed the Series, Free Lunch, in which I highlighted cheeses I received from both Kerrygold (Blarney Castle & Dubliner) and Cabot (Chipotle & Private Stock Cheddar). I thoroughly enjoyed researching the various cheeses and of course tasting them. Each cheese had its own unique flavor and texture creating a final product that was absolutely delicious and very unique.

Once I had the Free Lunch series created, I knew I next wanted to highlight some of the great Ohio cheeses that are being produced. That is where Local Lunch comes in. Over the past few weeks and months, I have really become interested in Ohio cheeses, so much that I have officially joined the newly formed Ohio Cheese Guild. There are some amazing local cheeses being created and the country needs to realize that. Local Lunch will be a 3-part series highlighting cheeses from Mackenzie Creamery, Mayfield Road Creamery, and Lake Erie Creamery. Unfortunately, it was a lot harder to find local cheese than expected, but I did find some and you will learn about a very small sampling over the next few days. I hope you enjoy. (more…)

Free Lunch: Cabot Private Stock Cheddar

Free Lunch: Cabot Private Stock Cheddar

Editor’s Note: Please make sure not to miss the other entries in the Free Lunch series. All cheese used in Free Lunch was sent for free by the creameries themselves without any knowledge of how it would be used. Cheese, in my opinion, is one […]