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 […]
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 […]
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 early 2009, I have tried many different brands of cheeses. Some have come and gone while others have completely entrenched themselves in my psyche. Kerrygold and Cabot, featured in this series, are two cheeses that I know I will enjoy regardless of the variety. Other cheeses on the list include Tillamook, Beecher’s and the local but nationally growing Mackenzie Creamery. I know I am missing other brands and that the list will continue to grow. Cheese has truly become a part of my life and the companies that produce them have also established themselves in my life. I cannot wait to sample a variety of cheeses and learn the history behind the companies that produce them. Obviously, grilled cheese has become my life, but so has cheese and I am loving every minute of it.
Now onto the
Previously, I have tried other Cabot cheeses, including Cabot Pepper-Jack flavored Cheddar, but I had yet to try their Chipotle flavored Cheddar until now. I was expecting similar flavors between the Pepper-Jack and Chipotle but was pleasantly surprised when I realized the the Chipotle Cheddar tasted nothing like the Pepper-Jack Cheddar.
More on that in a minute. (more…)
Yesterday, it was time to head to Earth Fare Solon and get my free ice cream sundae. And buy some cheese. I have looked through Earth Fare’s cheese department but only once bought cheese from there. It was time to truly search through their cheeses […]
I have a story for you, the reader. As everyone already knows, I have an unhealthy obsession of Kerrygold, which has continually been fueled by free coupons sent directly from the cheese maker itself. That obsession only increased in the past week.
A week ago Wednesday, I started buying ingredients for my Kerrygold St. Patrick’s Day grilled cheese when I received the above email from Whole Foods. They were going to have a special Kerrygold cheese on special on Friday only, a cheese that I had never tried before. The issue was, I was planning to cook my St. Patrick’s Day sandwich on Wednesday since I was going to be off from work and had the time. I couldn’t include this new Kerrygold in my special grilled cheese. Oh well, what that meant was I would have to make another grilled cheese featuring Kerrygold cheese and write one more Kerrygold entry. I had to force myself to eat more cheese. How sad.
kerrygold kilaree cheddar
I know, I know, I have essentially become a mouth piece for Kerrygold cheese and for that I apologize. However, I thoroughly enjoy their cheese, no matter the variety or name. That was no different than with their Kilaree Cheddar. Although, I do enjoy most Cheddars, so me liking this particular Cheddar shouldn’t be to much of a surprise.
Rich and creamy and full of flavor. Hand selected and aged 15 months exclusively for Whole Foods Market.
Kerrygold Kilaree is creamy and has a fantastic nutty flavor that has a great bite. For some, this may not be sharp enough for a cheddar, but I felt that it had plenty of flavor to stand on its own in a grilled cheese.
kerrygold kilaree cheddar grilled cheese
This wasn’t a typical GrilledShane grilled cheese with all of the pomp and circumstance, I simply wanted to enjoy this Kerrygold cheese and see how it tasted. Therefore, I went with the most simple grilled cheese out there: cheese+bread+[Kerrygold] butter. Let the cheese shine on its own and how it performs.
Not only did the Kilaree shine in this simple grilled cheese, it was simply delicious. It had that great strong flavor without being too overpowering. As is the case with most Kerrygold cheeses, I would highly recommend Kerrygold Kilaree Cheddar, if you can find it at Whole Foods.
It is the time of year when pumpkin, and apples, are found in everything from coffee drinks to ice cream. Grilled cheese sandwiches are not immune to this fall craze and so I begin this Grilled Cheese Roundup with a couple of delicious recipes for […]
Recently, I created a unique grilled cheese, highlighting Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar, which was sent directly from Cabot. The Chili Mayo & Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar Grilled Cheese, turned out amazingly well and was absolutely delicious. The only problem was, I had yet to use the Cabot […]
Grilled Cheese Roundup: Thomas Jefferson, Caramel Apple, Bacon Brie, Caramelized Onion, and Much More
Another, somewhat longer, installation of the Grilled Cheese Roundup. Hope you enjoy, especially because somehow Thomas Jefferson and cheese are mentioned in the same sentence!
A case could be made that one of the American founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, helped popularize Italy’s Parmesan cheese in America.
It seems likely that Thomas Jefferson, an educated man who enjoyed living well, had tasted Parmesan cheese in American homes even before becoming the U.S. ambassador to France. He took up this post in 1786, long before Parmesan began to be called Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese.
Who would have thought that Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Parmesan cheese and wanted to bring it to the States? I surely didn’t! Smartly, though, he realized that trying to produce true Parmesan cheese in the United States was futile as part of the allure of the cheese was the fact that it was produced in Italy itself. Regardless, his love for Parmesan cheese, definitely helped begin the intrigue of such an awesome cheese.
(courtesy How Sweet It Is)
Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing color. That means it is time for a fall grilled cheese. Caramel apple‘s tend to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets at this time of year so why not try it as a grilled cheese? This amazing sandwich uses REAL caramel sauce and honeycrisp apples to make a unique and wonderful fall grilled cheese.
(courtesy Smells Like Home)
With me keeping Kosher and not eating bacon, I normally wouldn’t post this sandwich. However, it looks good and fig is a unique ingredient that seems to be popping up as of late. Plus, just because I don’t eat bacon, doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t eat it also. Brie and fig jam (and bacon) seems like a great combination that should be tried by all the bacon lovers out there (which I know there are a ton).
(courtesy The Naptime Chef)
I love caramelized onions. I really, really love caramelized onions. The flavor is simply amazing. So when I saw The Naptime Chef made a grilled cheese consisting of caramelized onions (and swiss cheese), I had to post it for everyone to see.
When someone posts a gallery of 10 original grilled cheese sandwich creations, how can I not post it? The above, “Cheezy Peas,” features mild cheddar and cooked peas. Looks and sounds pretty good to me! Other creations include “The Swiss Fun Guy,” featuring gruyère cheese, sautéed mushrooms, shallots, and fresh thyme; “Cruciferous Cheese Sandwich,” featuring gruyère cheese and thinly sliced roasted cauliflower; “Garlic Fries Melt,” featuring white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced roasted potatoes, and whole roasted garlic cloves. Definitely take a look through yourself and see which one is your favorite!