April 11th National Cheese Fondue Day

April 11th – National Cheese Fondue Day

Who doesn’t love cheese fondue!?! Okay, maybe those lactose intolerant aren’t real fond of it but the rest of us are! And served as a fondue, even better! All melty and creamy. And you can have your favorite flavor as well! Swiss, Havarti, Cheddar, and all the others which I cannot pronounce or spell. The first cheese fondue recipe appeared in 1875 though it did not really become popular until the mid-1900’s. To make it even more fun you can use your favorite bread to dip in it, or a cracker, or anything you like. Cheese pretty much goes with everything.

How to celebrate – Buy a fondue making kit. Go to a restaurant that serves fondue. Visit Switzerland.

February 9th National Pizza Day

I don’t know hardly anybody who doesn’t like pizza. It seems to be that one food that nearly everyone can find a flavor or style that they can enjoy. Deep-dish, thin crust, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Greek, Hawaiian… you name it, someone makes it. You can cover it in all sorts of different meats, vegetables and even fruit! What’s not to love!?! You can have it for supper, lunch or even breakfast! It is believed that the first pizza ever sold was in Naples, Italy back in 1738. The first made may have come from the Greeks in Alexander’s army moving across the Middle East. Who knows, but we do know that over 3 billion are sold every year in the US.

How to celebrate – Have some pizza! Try a style of pizza you haven’t had before. Make a list of as many toppings as you can remember.

January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

Well count me in, I love cheese! Then we get into the facts of how cheese probably came into being in the first place and your love for it may decline somewhat. So, I won’t get into those details because today is Cheese Lovers Day not, I Am Grossed Out By How Cheese Was Discovered Day. It is believed cheese was first discovered around 5,500 BCE in Poland. Shortly there-after someone first cut the cheese. There are over 1,400 varieties of cheese today with many of the flavors being created by adding bacteria, enzymes and fungi to alter the flavors. Yummy!

How to celebrate – Have some cheese. Throw a cheese tasting party. Make a list of your favorite cheeses.

September 5th Cheese Pizza Day

Why mess with a good thing? Cheese pizza is great before you add any of the usual toppings – pepperoni, onions, black olives… you name it. When you were a kid you wouldn’t touch any of the rest of that stuff, it was cheese or nothing. As you get older you realize you can pick that stuff off but then what do you do with it? Actually, the original pizza probably didn’t have cheese on it either. Pizza didn’t originate in Italy either, it is probably a Greek soldier thing. They put spices and herbs on flat bread and let it bake in the sun. Maybe they had a little cheese, but probably not. However today it’s all about the cheese, the more the better.

How to celebrate – Have a cheese pizza! Experiment with different types of cheese. Try a white pizza.

April 12th National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Remember those cold winter evenings when you came home from school or work and found you were having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner? Man, those were some of the best days ever. It was comfort food that made you feel warm and at home. So simple that it could melt away all the tensions of the day. Well, the grilled cheese sandwich has been around for a while. It sort of started back in the Roman era when cheese was often melted on bread and served to the rich and the poor alike. Of course, we didn’t have sliced bread until the 1920’s but that isn’t important. Any hunk of bread will do in a pinch! American cheese, Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese… it didn’t really matter and dunking it in that hot soup seemed to make it even better! I miss those days. As our diets seem to involve less and less of the simple foods that made us feel better. It may have not been healthy, but boy was it good!

How to celebrate – Have a grilled cheese sandwich. Fix soup and a sandwich for dinner tonight. Have a grilled cheese sandwich party with all sorts of different cheese and bread.

September 18th National Cheeseburger Day

So after the founding fathers finished writing the Constitution they celebrated by having cheeseburgers the next day! Well, maybe not really but it could have happened. You know, a big cookout outside the Hall where all the founding fathers got together for a picnic!

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I find it interesting that two of America’s favorite foods come from cattle, hamburger and cheese. Now I know, a lot of hamburgers today are made out of turkey and that goats produce cheese as well, but come on… give credit where credit is due.

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No one really knows when the cheeseburger became all that popular. Maybe it was after Saturday Night’s depiction of no hamburger, cheeseburger only. However I know I was eating hamburgers long before that!  And I am sorry but, a veggie burger with fake cheese is not a “cheeseburger”.

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And naturally, it’s bad for you. Seems like anything good is actually bad. So maybe we should cut back on them, but we can’t cut them out completely. Besides, we’d put McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and who ever else is known for their cheeseburgers out of business.

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How to celebrate – Eat a cheeseburger today. Have a cook-out. Appear on Saturday Night Live.

April 17th National Cheeseball Day

If you are lactose intolerant you may want to leave this blog here and now. We are talking cheese here. Swiss, Gouda, Cheddar, Munster, Havarti, Provolone… you name it, cheese! You can put it on sandwiches, in pasta or just eat it as a snack right out of the package. So why not roll it all up into a big ball that no one can miss!

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The Cheeseball is always a hit at a party, in fact it sometimes causes a party to happen. You can mix nearly anything with cheese and serve it up, the cheese only making the dish better. You can use chips, crackers, pretzels, bread or even vegetables to dip into the ball of cheese and you rarely have to worry about finding a way to store after the party is over… there normally won;t be much left!

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If you aren’t sure how to make a cheeseball, here’s a recipe for you. The only for sure ingredient you need is… cheese. And it can normally be any kind of cheese you choose. No one seems to know who invented the cheeseball. It may have even been made by mistake! I can’t imagine it not having been around for as long as cheese has been around.

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You can even decorate it to make it look like something else but people will soon see through the disguise and attack it with all their might. So don’t expect your clever attempt to save some for yourself to work for very long. You might want to make two and keep the second from view so you are sure to get some yourself.

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How to celebrate – Have a cheeseball party! Upgrade your cheese and wine party by making a cheeseball. Get inventive and create your own special cheeseball.

January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

Wow, there are a lot of cheese days on the calendar. Maybe that’s because we eat a lot of cheese! Americans consume some 31 pounds a year. That’s a lot of cheese! However, the French eat over 50 pounds of cheese a year.

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There are between 900 and 1,400 varieties of cheese available. Swiss, Cheddar, Brie, American, Mozzarella, Munster, Blue, Gouda, Jarlsberg, Parmesan, Ricotta…  well, I’m not going to list them all but I think you get the picture.

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We put cheese, or use cheese, for hundreds of dishes or just enjoy it by itself. It is believed that cheese was first discovered around 7,500 or 8,000 B.C. in what today is Poland. It is also believed that it was discovered by mistake. So see, not all mistakes are bad!

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Pair cheese with wine and you have a party! The Worlds Fair in 1964 displayed a block of cheese that weighed some 34,000 pounds. I guess that makes it the world’s largest potential party! But did you know that cheese is best served at room temperature? That is when cheese offers it best flavor (Albeit not necessarily it’s best scent).

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If you are  cheese lover, which most of us that do not suffer from lactose intolerance, today is your day. Just remember you should always tear your cheese because it would not be polite in public to cut it.

How to celebrate – Eat some cheese today! List all the cheese you like. Throw a cheese tasting party! (And don’t forget the wine)

 

October 9th National Moldy Cheese Day

National Moldy Cheese Day October 9th

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Wow, there’s nothing like a hunk of moldy cheese with a glass of wine to brighten your day. A real delight to a Cheesemonger.

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Actually, I guess I am a Cheesemonger because I like most of the moldy cheese family which includes, Maytag Blue, Roquefort, Brie, Bleu, Gorgonzola and Stilton.

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I guess the moldier the better! And if you have enough wine wit hit you won’t really know the difference anyway.

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How to celebrate – Find some moldy cheese and some wine and have a grand ole time. Throw a cheese sampling party. Take a Cheesemongering course.

September 15th National Cheese Toast Day

With all that is going on around us now, the presidential race, the war in the Middle East, global warming, global cooling, designer spacecraft, and so on and so on and so on… it’s nice to know that the really important things never change. Like nearly every holiday for the summer, and going into the fall, has something to do with food. So why should today be any different! It’s National Cheese toast Day.

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Now I have nothing against cheese toast, in fact I really like it! I’m not sure it should earn a spot as a national holiday but the other choices included double cheese burger day and linguine day so what the heck.  If you like cheese, and like bread, you’re in!

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Now supposedly nobody ever thought of putting cheese on toast before Del Johnson did it in 1958 for the opening of Sizzler restaurant in Los Angles. I find this just a little hard to believe but just look on the internet and there it is! So simple an idea.  Since the first ever cheese being put on bread the recipes have changed a lot, more things have been added, spices and topping, probably even the way the bread is toasted. The results are much the same as day one, melted cheese on toast.  The cheese can be American, Swiss, Velveeta, Cheddar, Blue, in fact there are over 1,777 types of cheese so that makes 1,777 types of cheese bread before adding other toppings to it. One key thing though is to use only one slice of bread, not two.  If you use two it’s a sandwich, not cheese toast.  Oh, and if you don’t toast it, it’s not cheese toast either.

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How to celebrate – Write a thank you note to Sizzler for creating this day in 2015. Go to Sizzler and have an adapted original slice of cheese toast. Create your own original type of cheese toast.