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Cheesy Gift Guide from The House Mouse Part 1 – T-Shirts

Cheesy Christmas t-shirt from Cafepress.com

Cheesy Christmas t-shirt from Cafepress.com

Happy December 1 and welcome to SHOPPING THUNDERDOME! Yes, my cheesy friends, it’s holiday time and with the miracle of Thanksgivukkah coming so late that means we all have even less time franticly figure out what to get Aunt Fran and Cousin Lou for Festivus! Fear not, my fromage-loving fans, for The House Mouse is here to assist. Since my brilliant surgeon has demanded I take it slow and steady, I am using my time wisely to create a cheesy list of turophile gift ideas to share with all of you. Everything from the straight forward  to the obscure, this list will have just about everything and price ranges from stocking stuffer to YOU MUST REALLY LOVE ME!?

Today’s selections are the ever-popular T-shirts  as I like to call them, cheesewear. This list by no means represents the dozens upon dozens of cheese related shirts I found. this year. These are the highlights:

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Cheesy Etsy Find No. 1

1 Cheese Slicer made by blacksmith. Hand forged in USA. Great wedding gift or dinner party gift.
Hello. My name is Robin and I am an Etsy Addict. I am completely obsessed with this online art-fest/garage sale/flea market/art lover’s Nirvana. Never heard of Etsy before? Allow me to enlighten you, and remember, the first taste is free. Etsy.com is an website where artists from all over post their wares and sell them. Touted as the “World’s most vibrant handmade marketplace,” one can find anything from wire-wrapped resin pendants to tables with unfinished trees for bases. Either browse at random or type in a keyword for what interests you. One of my favorite keywords is “cheese”… obviously. I have found some pretty cool, interesting, and sometimes disturbing items available on Etsy having to do with cheese, so I thought I would share a new one with you periodically.
This week, we’ll start off simple and elegant with a hand-forged cheese slicer from WatkinsForge. Blacksmith Jason Watkins of Hattiesburg, MS has created this beautiful slicer from twisted steel and then finished it with beeswax. I love how simple, yet interesting the bow-shaped handle is, and the substantial wire looks sturdy enough to slice even the densest of cheeses, like Roomano or an aged Gouda.
Check out the rest of Mr. Watkins’ wares here and check back next week for another Cheesy Etsy Find!
Stay Cheesy!

 

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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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Quick Bite: Cowgirl Creamery Inverness

Tiny tasty tidbits of cheese are a great way to be adventurous without making a full on commitment to the unknown. Not sure about goat’s milk cheese? Try a tiny crottin of chevre. Curious about the infamous Epoisses yet frightened by the funk? Give Trou du Cru a go without worries of funkifying the fridge. Sometimes these little morsels of cheesy goodness have no comparison. Such is the case with Cowgirl Creamery’s Inverness. Continue reading

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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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