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Quick Bites: Blackberry Farms Singing Brook and Little Ewe – and a Bonus Weekend Carbonara Recipe

Blackberry Farms Singing Brook and Little Ewe Cheese with SweeTango Apple Slices

Blackberry Farms Singing Brook and Little Ewe Cheese with SweeTango Apple Slices

The Hubby has been fortunate in his travels, both domestic and international, to discover and sample delectable cheeses. On occasion, he has been able to bring these newfound cheesy treasures back home to me. As those who have travelled with cheese know, this can come at great odoriferous expense to one’s fellow passengers. Such was the case after The Hubby’s first visit to Blackberry Farms in the heart of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains a few years back. He surprised me with a wheel of Trefoil; a pasteurized sheep milk cheese with a funky, hand washed rind. Failing to mention he would be traveling by air, he packed his suitcase with the loosely wrapped, stinky cheese. His fellow travelers were not feeling so thanking him for the lovely gift even though I did. Remembering his malodorous experience from the past, The Hubby requested everything be wrapped up extra tight for the trip home this time. His luggage and I appreciated his gifts all the more for it.

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Cheesy Gift Guide From The House Mouse Part 3 – Gadgets

mice and cheese light courtesy of the Birmingham Mail

mice and cheese light courtesy of the Birmingham Mail

It’s December 15th, which means ten days until Christmas (it also means Psych: the Musical is on tonight at 9pm on the USA Network, but that’s a whole different kind of cheese and I digress) so shopping for that cheese lover just kicked in to overdrive. Have no fear, because The House Mouse is here with Cheesy Gift Guide #3 which has some pretty cool gadgets. As most readers know, I prefer to shop local, keeping dollars within the community, however time is of the essence so I will be including prices and links here to sites that have expedited shipping, although I make no promises for holiday miracles. Should timing become an issue, I suggest a House Mouse tradition of placing a picture of the gift inside a box and then putting that box inside another box and so on and so on and so on. Include a note letting the recipient know their gift is en route to their home, which may be appreciated even more if the gadget is particularly large or heavy. And away we go!

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It’s National Cheese Lovers Day! Where do you get your curds?

Happy National Cheese Lovers Day! Last year, The Mouse was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a holiday just for fromagephiles to pay homage to the blessed curd. A full twenty-four hours to bask in the glow of some Basque or any cheese of choice. So, what’s a cheese lover to do when upon opening the refrigerator door on National Cheese Lovers Day and finds that the cheese safe is bare? Fear not, for The Mouse has a brief list of shops to help restock for the celebration. Continue reading

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And The Winners Are….American Cheese Society hands out top cheese honors in Montreal

Congratulations to all the winners from this years’ American Cheese Society Conference. In case you missed it (like this mouse did…sadly) here is the list of winners:

 

BEST OF SHOW

Rogue Creamery, OR
Rogue River Blue

2nd PLACE (TIE)

Finica Food Specialties Limited, ON
(Mariposa Dairy, ON)
Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar

Carr Valley Cheese Co, Inc., WI
Cave Aged Marisa

 

3rd PLACE

Fromagerie Du Presbytère, QC
Louis d’Or

 

See the entire list after the jump. See you all next year in Raleigh, North Carolina!
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Cheese snuffs out cigarettes at commissaries

Image: Stars and Stripes

An iconic early photos of one of our nation’s military men depicts a war-ridden soldier smirking at the camera with a cigarette dangling precariously from his lips. Soldiers like our tobacco-toting friend were the heroes of their day, America’s role models and protectors.

Fast-forward a couple of decades and the world’s view of smoking has changed dramatically. As it’s no longer cool to take that drag of smoke, soldiers have evidently turned to a new addiction – cheese! According to the government’s Defense Commissary Agency, cheese wedged out cigarettes by over one million dollars in sales over the past year, making it the number one item sold in military commissaries. Why the turn from smokes to Stilton? Good question.
For more on this cheesy victory, check out the article from Karen Jowers of the Navy Times here.

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Best New Cheeses of 2010: SF Weekly and Gordon Edgar count them down

American cheesemakers have been hard at work bringing new and exciting cheeses to market this year. The art of creating even the most tried and true cheeses are a test to even the most experienced artisan. Attempting new formulas, flavor combinations, and aging processes can bring about hundreds of heartache before that perfect melding is achieved.

Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger at San Francisco’s Rainbow Market, fellow cheese blogger,  and author of Cheesemonger, Life on the Wedge, counts down some of this year’s fabulous fromage newbies as a guest cheese blogger for the SF Weekly. Making the list is one of my personal favorites, Rush Creek Reserve. While we may disagree on how stellar this cheese is (I think it’s spot on fabulous while Gordon feels it’s still a work in progress) his list seems spot on in choosing this year’s stand outs.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here and be sure to check out Gordon’s blog at gordonzola.net. Don’t see that favorite new cheese on the list? Give The Mouse a shout and let us know!

Stay Cheesy!

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American Cheese…or is it?

Like most American kids, I grew up on good ol’ Kraft American cheese. In fact, for the first few years of my life it was pretty much all I ate on a regular basis.  I would fold it into tiny squares and eat each section one at a time or nibble around the edges, working my way in. It was fun, tasted great,  and no worries about cutting myself with a knife thanks to those individual plastic wrappers.

Unfortunately, it turns out I may not have been eating cheese after all! Mind-blowing, I know! the following video is an informative (and pretty funny) tell-all on America’s most popular cheese….product.

Thanks to Culture Magazine for bringing this to my attention. Stay Cheesy!

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