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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 

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 and environment, but it also improves the meal that is being enjoyed. I have become a huge fan of local, when done correctly. Why purchase ingredients out of the state, when there are just as great ingredients in the state? That is the case with Ohio cheeses. Yes, there are delicious cheeses from throughout the United States and around the world, but there are great cheeses in Ohio as well. After highlighting some national/internationa cheeses with the Free Lunch series, I decided to come back home and highlight some Ohio cheeses. The first entry in Local Lunch highlighted a great creamery in Mackenzie Creamery.

Now it is time to highlight another local creamery, Mayfield Road Creamery.

Local Lunch: Mayfield Road Creamery Siberian Night

The first time I stumbled on Mayfield Road Creamery was when I visited our local grocery store, Heinen’s, and saw their Pepper Havarti sitting among all the other cheeses. I loved it and used it for my Hummus & Red Pepper Havarti Grilled Cheese. Then, when searching for local cheeses for this series, I found Mayfield Road Creamery at a great local bakery, Luna Bakery & Cafe. There were a couple of choices, but when I saw the Siberian Night, a cheese hand washed with Thirsty Dog Beer, I knew I found my choice. Continue reading Local Lunch: Mayfield Road Creamery Siberian Night

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 

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 

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Dubliner

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Dubliner

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.

Prior to talking about Kerrygold Dubliner, let me tell you an interesting Irish story that I don’t believe I have shared before. While in NYC last fall promoting my cookbook, I was staying at The Moderne, an amazing boutique hotel. Located within the hotel is a lounge, with free coffee and fruit. My traveling companion, aka my mom, and I loved the lounge simply for how relaxing it was. Anyway, the first time we were sitting there, an Irish couple joined us and we started talking. Yes, a couple from Ireland wanted a copy of my grilled cheese cookbook. They were so very nice and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to them, regardless of the fact that they purchased a copy of my book. It was a pleasant surprise on a trip that was very enjoyable, both for the promotion and sight seeing.

Not onto the show cheese…

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Dubliner

I don’t even remember how or when I stumbled on Kerrygold Dubliner, but when I did, I knew I had found a great cheese that I would enjoy for years to come. It opened the door to what good cheese should taste like. No longer was I hesitant to try different cheeses, now I wanted to experiment as much as I could. $25/lb cheese? Sounds good to me. Trying Dubliner cheese led me to try other great cheeses such as different varieties from Cabot and so many other brands. There are still so many unique cheeses to try but I believe I am well on my way. Continue reading Free Lunch: Kerrygold Dubliner

Free Lunch: Cabot Chipotle Cheddar

Free Lunch: Cabot Chipotle 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. Since I started this blog in 

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Blarney Castle

Free Lunch: Kerrygold Blarney Castle

Recently, I was lucky enough to be sent free cheese courtesy of both Kerrygold [Instagram] and Cabot [Instagram]. In honor of this free cheese, and Grilled Cheese Month 2014, I have created the series, Free Lunch. In this series, I will be creating 4 different 

St. Patrick’s Day Kale & Potato Grilled Cheese

St. Patrick’s Day Kale & Potato Grilled Cheese

When an Irish creamery sends you a ton of free cheese and butter in late February/early March, it is their way of telling you, use their product to create a St. Patrick’s Day grilled cheese. It is a no-brainer in my opinion and that is exactly what I did.

A couple weeks ago, as evidenced by the photo below, Kerrygold not only sent me 7 different varieties of cheese, they also included 4 different varieties of butter. I had planned to make a non-holiday related grilled cheese so many different times but life simply got in the way. As the days passed, I realized we were so close to St. Patrick’s Day that I needed to make a holiday grilled cheese, just as I did last year. I needed to improve upon last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread Grilled Cheese and make something special. I succeeded beyond my wildest dreams and who would have guessed that kale would be included? Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Kale & Potato Grilled Cheese

Facebook, you are dead to me.

Facebook, you are dead to me.

I think most of the world has a love/hate relationship with the social network, Facebook. You have to be a part of Facebook even though deep down you really don’t care about 95% of the items or people that show up in your news feed.