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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. Continue reading Local Lunch: Mackenzie Creamery Sweet Fire Chèvre

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, 

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 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 show cheese…

Free Lunch: Cabot Chipotle Cheddar

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. Continue reading Free Lunch: Cabot Chipotle Cheddar

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 

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. Facebook was a mess to begin with and has only become much, much worse over time.

I no longer have a love/hate relationship, I simply have a hate/hate relationship and am finally doing something about it.

As a blogger and someone that needs to attract as many eyes as possible, I needed to be on Facebook. I needed to have a page on Facebook. I needed as many likes as I could get. I needed Facebook, whether I liked it or not. For a very small amount of time, our relationship was good. Even though my audience was (and still is) smaller than most, I was able to post something with no hesitation that a decent amount of eyeballs would see it. That is no longer true.

Over time, I noticed changes. I noticed negative changes. I noticed my views plummeting. I noticed the same people commenting or liking my content. No one new. I noticed something wrong. I noticed that Facebook broke “pages.”

Like I said, I don’t have that many likes (380) and therefore don’t expect that many views on a consistent basis. I get that. However, when I am happy that a 100 people saw one of my posts, I think something is wrong. When most posts get around 20-60 views (60 views = 16% of my audience), I think something is wrong. (I know others who have much worse statistics than I do.)

Facebook Is Broken

There is nothing that makes sense about Facebook Pages.

Oh wait, yes there is.

Facebook favors bigger brands. Facebook favors people who pay to advertise. Facebook favors money.

Facebook has pushed aside the small people in favor of the motto “bigger is better.” It is as simple as that.

That is not okay. 380 people consciously decided to like my Facebook page. They consciously decided that they wanted to see my posts, my content, in their news feed. Too bad says Facebook. Facebook has decided that you truly did not want to see my posts, my content. Facebook has now said they know what you want better than you do.

They have taken over content delivery and it is killing all of the “small” pages. The problem is that other people are noticing as well. This is not just something I am complaining about. Other people are angry and are starting to move away from Facebook.

Social: Please follow me elsewhere.

I am moving away from Facebook. The above is my current cover image on Facebook. I am moving on. I am moving away from Facebook and to Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. I am moving to other social media networks that don’t think they know better than their users. I am moving to other social media networks that don’t censor information their users have requested.

Facebook is dead to me and I am letting the world know.

Please, follow me everywhere other than Facebook. Please, subscribe (at the foot of any grilledshane.com page) to be notified of new posts. Please email me. Please share this post. Thank you.

UPDATE

I posted this entry without noticing that The Culinary Life has an updated post in regards to her issues with Facebook, from which my view point started. While reading Stephanie’s post, make sure to check out the video she links to at the bottom, it explains everything much better and more succinctly then I believe I have. Enjoy.

Blueberry Scone & Jeni’s Salty Caramel Grilled Cheese

Blueberry Scone & Jeni’s Salty Caramel Grilled Cheese

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the couples out there. I hope you have a great day with your significant other. To all of the single people, I promise you, it will get better. I once felt like I would never find anyone, let alone anyone