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Hanging out with Whole Foods for Grilled Cheese Night and Gift Card Giveaway!

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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

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 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!

Stay Cheesy!

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Free Cheese Nights at Whole Foods and Gift Card Giveaway!

Free Cheese Nights: Grilled Cheese [Whole Foods]

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

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Coffee and Cheese: Turning Fantasy into Reality Part 2 – Espresso BellaVitano

Espresso BellaVitano photo courtesy of Sartori Company

Espresso BellaVitano photo courtesy of Sartori Company

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post,  coffee and cheese have been a favorite flavor fantasy formula since early childhood. It just seemed right that the nutty, sweet, bitter smells and tastes would fit perfectly together.  I imagined they would, only I was still a kid and coffee had yet to become my morning nectar from the Gods. Two cheesemakers obviously felt the same.

We continue the tasting from yesterday with Part 2- Espresso BellaVitano Continue reading

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It’s National Cheese Lovers Day! Where do you get your curds?

Happy National Cheese Lovers Day! Last year, The Mouse was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a holiday just for fromagephiles to pay homage to the blessed curd. A full twenty-four hours to bask in the glow of some Basque or any cheese of choice. So, what’s a cheese lover to do when upon opening the refrigerator door on National Cheese Lovers Day and finds that the cheese safe is bare? Fear not, for The Mouse has a brief list of shops to help restock for the celebration. Continue reading

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Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! A fond fromage reflection

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! Who would have imagined there was a day just for us turophiles? To be honest, I was totally clueless about this splendid holiday until yesterday and not really sure how on e goes about celebrating, besides doing the usual chowing of tons of cheese. I do that every day, so does that make every day cheese lover’s day? While I chomp on that tasty thought, here’s a look back at some of The House Mouse’s favorite cheese loves. Stay Cheesy! Continue reading

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Panko Crusted Cheesy Risotto Balls Had Me At Hello

It is rare that I fall in love with food at first bite. Sure I have loved meals from time to time, raved about them to my friends and family, even made pals with the chef just so I could order a particular special dish off menu whenever I wanted. All that being said, only one item has ever brought me to the point of obsession and that is the Cheesy Risotto Balls from the Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It’s crazy, I know, but these delectable delights had me at hello and never let go. The perfect balance of Parmesan cheese and creamy risotto would render me speechless. Then, to my horror, they were gone. Months went by with the same excuse that my food favorite had been a seasonal item and would possibly be back in the fall. What is seasonal about risotto, cheese, and panko breadcrumbs? I decided to do the unthinkable…make them myself. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Kosher-Friendly Cheeses from Cypress Grove

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight and millions of Jews around the world will celebrate the coming of year 5771. The typical way to begin the high holidays is to have something sweet after services and then have a huge holiday feast, usually on the kosher side. For such family gatherings, it falls to me to bring the cheese. While I love my heritage and respect the traditions and laws, I have to say…I HATE parve cheese. Parve cheese is kosher-accepted cheese, sometimes made from soy rather to insure no animal rennet mixes with dairy, a big kosher no-no. I appreciate the effort, but the flavor of this kosher concoction is rather unpleasant and the texture is more like oil than cheese. So, what’s a good Jew to do? Fortunately, there are cheeses made with vegetable rennet and while they aren’t technically kosher, these cheeses are Rosh Hashanah friendly. Continue reading

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