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It’s National Grilled Cheese Month! What makes a grilled cheese great?

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

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Have Cheese Will Travel! Moving with Cheese

Photo of Little Chef from Ratatouille

The Mouse is packing up and moving to a new city. While a change of scene is exciting, thinking of safe transport of all the cheese in the fridge has been a bit nerve-wracking. The House Mouse is looking for suggestions for wrapping and transporting various varieties of cheese without stinking up the entire moving truck.

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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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The House Mouse turns 1 and gets some cheesy gifts for the holidays

It is hard to believe that The House Mouse is a year old this past week. What started out as a hobby and passion for cheese has turned into a fabulous fromage adventure. Thank you all for being so loyal and supportive. I could not have done this without you.

I especially thank my family who have been so encouraging this year, although it could be that they just wanted me bring cheese whenever I visit.  One thing they did notice was my sad state of serving dishes and cheese knives. Well, they sure made up for that this holiday season by showering the mouse with fun fromage toys for the new year. Check out my haul after the jump! Continue reading

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