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Cheesy Etsy Find #2: Proud Poutine

Poutine Kit - Make your own cheese curds. Gravy included.
About five years ago, my boyfriend and I went to Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival to get some culture. While strolling the cobblestone streets one evening, we came across a tiny shop called Boomers with a huge line outside. Curious, we asked someone what was going on. “Poutine!” was all they said. I had no clue what this guy was talking about, but my boyfriend got really excited and hopped in line. He explained that poutine, which is Acadian slang for mushy mess,  is a French-Canadian treat made of cheese curds, french fries and gravy, which sounded both really amazing and terribly frightening. He ordered the goat cheese poutine with cracked pepper and basil oil and pestered me until I took a taste. Not being a huge cheese curd fan (the squeak gives me the creeps) I was sure I wouldn’t like it. Oh, how wrong I was. Hot, rich, salty, starchy, slightly sweet from the basil, I was hooked. But barring crossing the border to get this fabulous treat, what can we Americans do? Etsy seller Ella Kinloch has brought us the answer by way of Proud Poutine

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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:



Rogue Creamery, OR
Rogue River Blue


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

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



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-O-Mania! 2nd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational this Friday! Who’s Going?

What has four battles, forty mongers from around the globe and $10,000 in cash and prizes at stake? The 2nd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational of Long Island City, of course! Mongers from New York, Canada, California and even Ireland and Australia will come together on Friday, July 8 to compete in a quartet of challenges.

Whether simply introducing themselves, precisely cutting and wrapping pounds of cheese or creating the perfect fromage flight, these talented cheese whizzes will go wedge-to-wedge in front of over two hundred spectators and be judged by some of the world’s leading authorities.  And competition won’t be the only draw to this cheesy gathering – with music spun by DJ Aaron Kirtz and DJ Carlos Souffront and food prepared by fromager and pairing expert Tia Keenan, this event is sure to be amazing.

Sadly, The House Mouse was not able to score tickets to this sold-out extravaganza. Naturally, anyone who does make it to Larkin Cold Storage for Friday’s event is encouraged to send along some photos and play-by-play of the competition.

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Food Court offers crepe goodness

Saturdays at the mall are typically a nightmare, at least to me. Throngs of shoppers in every direction, worn out service people just waiting for the end of their shift and strollers as far as the eye can see.  Then there is the food, or what attempts to pass as food. Deep fried, sugar-coated, heartburn inducing stuffs that satisfy for a few moments and leave guilt for days. Fear not, my savvy shopper for there is something fresh and filling available! Cafe Fresh, that is! Continue reading

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Self-proclaimed “Cheesiest Place On Earth” aims for Olympic gold

While Olympic athletes may not be chowing down on gooey, greasy, golden grilled cheese sandwiches, visitors to Vancouver, and more specific Squamish, Canada are flocking to Grilled Fromage Diner. The self-proclaimed “cheesiest place on earth” grilled cheese diner has a sandwich for anyone’s cheese taste. From the basic “Missionary” sandwich made with butter and Kraft singles to the “High Roller” made with lobster, smoked gruyere, garlic butter on sourdough, there are a total of 57 varieties to devour with a side of cheese puffs.

Colin Bush opened his kitchy diner in October 2009 with modest traffic but perfect timing regarding the countdown to the Olympic rush from Whistler, Vancouver.  Now open for “brekkie” and offering croissant sandwiches business should be booming.

Reviews have been on the positive side regarding taste and ambiance (a smattering of nostalgia on every wall) pricing and overwhelming offerings may leave some patrons wishing they had just cooked at home. Pricing varies from about $4.00 for the “Missionary” to over $15.00 for the “High Roller”.  For more on the Grilled Fromage, click on the link below.

Vancouver Sun

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