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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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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.

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Cheesy ebay contest…What the heck did I buy?

Ebay can be fun and exciting as long as the wallet doesn’t get too strained. While searching for cheesy items (and I don’t mean kitchy) I happened on hundreds of listings for cool stuff.  I love antiques and if they have to do with cheese, well, I’m all in.  Above is a photo of my first fromage find and it wasn’t too expensive. In fact, the shipping cost more than the item! So, here I am with this rockin’ cool wooden Kraft cheese box only to be stymied by my trusty Google and Bing in finding any information regarding how it was used or even when.

And so, dear readers, I turn to you all to help fill in the blanks. If anyone out there knows anything about this item send an email to thehousemouse1@gmail.com and the best (and most accurate) answer wins the box and a tip of the hat here on The House Mouse! Good Luck!

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The perfect mac and cheese. Thank you, Michael Symon! *UPDATE*

I grew up on Kraft® Mac and Cheese. Seeing that blue box on the counter would start me singing and dancing around the kitchen anticipating that powdered-cheese goodness! Over time we switched to Stouffer’s®, because only little kids ate Kraft® , right?  And then I tasted heaven on a plate, aka Michael Symon’s  Mac and Cheese.

I first had this tasty treat three years ago at Lolita’s in Tremont (a little borough on Cleveland’s near west side).  Hearing so much praise and adulation about this dish before tasting it,  I had a hard time seeing what all the hype was about.  The pasta wasn’t your typical macaroni and the color wasn’t that signature bright orange that I had come to know.  It was a creamy white with flecks of green. My inner child began to come out and rebel against this strange concoction. And then I tasted it.  The sweet/tangy flavor from the chevre mixed with subtle yet complimentary essence of rosemary was just perfect.  The blue box was outta my life for good. Continue reading

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