The House Mouse Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway
Hanging out at Whole Foods is always fun, but this past Tuesday night at the Ann Arbor-Cranbrook location was extra fun thanks to cheesemonger Carrie and her mad grilled cheese skills.
Cheesemonger Carrie Whole Foods-Ann Arbor-Cranbrook
On the grilled cheese menu were three tasty options:
Le Gruyère Reserve from Emmi Roth – a nutty, spicy cheese which melts great and is commonly used in fondue. This was grilled in a mini raclette and paired with sweet, tart Bartlett pears.
Halloumi from Cyprus from G. & I. Keses – a combination of goat and sheep’s milk that takes the shape of the baskets in which it is made, this intense cheese actually does not melt at all! The salty cheese retains it’s shape and has a squeaky texture, but served with a drizzle of honey and it really pleased even the most discerning palate.
Berliner Der Käse from Emmi Roth – a Whole Foods exclusive with a creamy texture and nutty taste grilled up nicely onto some baguettes.
Carrie and happy customers
Carrie and the cheese were both big crowd-pleasers. So do you have a favorite fall cheese for grilling? We wanna know about it and it could get you a $50 Whole Foods Gift Card!
Post a comment with your favorite Fall Cheese (Heck, you could even post a picture if you’d like!) by September 30th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 6th. Thanks to Whole Foods in Ann Arbor for having me, Carrie putting up with me all evening, and good luck everyone!
Cheese Nights: Grilled Cheese [Whole Foods]
There’s no better comfort food on a cold Fall day than a toasty, tasty, gooey grilled cheese sandwich paired with a mug of hot apple cider. Whole Foods Market agrees and this Tuesday, September 16th for their quarterly Cheese Nights event, their knowledgeable cheesemongers will be passing their skills along for creating the perfect grilled cheese on a cold Autumn night. Continue reading
The HM Medley
Growing up in Cleveland, I would frequent this family-owned diner called Yours Truly and always order the same thing; a YT Medley. A simple, yet perfect grilled cheese sandwich combination of eggs over easy, American cheese and bacon, griddled inside pita bread and cut into quarters. Since moving to Michigan, I’ve tried to duplicate that sandwich, but something was always missing. I finally gave up trying to copy what I have been missing and came up with my own interpretation. Check out my recipe below. Continue reading
Books have always been a huge part of my life – my parents encouraging my reading with trips to the library and bookstore on a weekly basis. I’ll never forget the time my mom got an angry call from my fourth grade teacher complaining about my refusal to participate in recess activities in order to sit under a tree with my new copy of I, Trissy by Norma Fox Mazer. My mother didn’t even respond. She just hung up the phone, came right up to the school (only four blocks away), sat down under the tree with me with her own book, glared up at the teacher and then proceeded to read right along with me. I thought my teacher was going to spit nails, but she just crossed her arms and stomped off. A great memory for sure, and yet another reason books have always been one of my favorite gifts to receive. Cheese books have become a particular passion now that I’m older and can appreciate them, and this year’s batch of fromage reads is pretty snazzy. I will admit to only owning one on my list of book gifts so should anyone wish to play secret cheesy Santa.
Okay, here we go for Cheesy Gift Guide Part 2 – Books:
A quick note: all titles are available on both amazon.com and bn.com, however I encourage everyone to seek out local bookstores or click on the links to the websites and purchase directly from the author or the link. Shop local and support the community. If you want to buy big box and use a discount, head out to your local Barnes & Noble brick and mortar and save a job like mine. Alright, preaching done. Here we go!
It’s April, and that means it’s National Grilled Cheese Month! A whole calendar page dedicated to gobbling up gooey sandwiches overflowing with glorious melted cheese. Grilled cheese has certainly come a long way from the days of white bread, Kraft American Cheese (product) and butter. Now, even some of the swankiest restaurants offer a signature grilled cheese on their menu along with a hefty price tag. In my area, Café Muse in Royal Oak, Michigan has even managed to snag a coveted “Favorite Things” recommendation from Oprah for their havarti, mozzarella and Danish fontina concoction. Continue reading
While my love of cheese is well known, beer and I have never been particularly good friends. Its taste, smell, and especially the effects it has on my brain after a few bottles has just never my thing. So when I got an invitation from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to attend a cheese and beer pairing at Pura Vida restaurant, I was a bit apprehensive. Was I really the best person to critique the beer offerings being presented by Cleveland’s own Great Lakes Brewing Company? For a chance to rub shoulders with the likes of special guest and Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook, I decided to chance it. Needless to say, I’m glad that I did.
Grilled Cheese Martini from Beecher's New York
When Beecher’s Handmade Cheese decided to open its second location New York City this past June, they really went all out. 8,000 square feet of prime real estate in the Flatiron district to make and sell cheese, even serving it up in style at their on-site restaurant. What more could a cheese lover ask for? How about a Grilled Cheese Martini to wash it all down? You read that right…a grilled cheese martini made with real grilled cheese.
For more on this crazy concoction, check out the UrbanDaddy.com link here.
Thanks Chris R. for the tip! Stay Cheesy!