Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Soiree: National Cheese Day

It's National Cheese Day! The day of cheese. Giorno di formaggio (Italian). Jour de fromage (French). Día de queso (Spanish).

Cheese is amazing, ya dig?


Put it on pasta, pizza, sandwiches. Sprinkle it over chili, salad, soup. Spread it. Slice it. Dice it. Dip it. The method doesn't matter - what matters is the creaminess, the smoothness, the thickness, the taste-ness.

That's right, I'm making up words. It's my prerogative. (Bet ya didn't know it was spelled like that, did ya?  Ahem ... I didn't either. )

Anyway, the taste-ness.


Accounting for variations in milk, temperature, age, production style, and mix-ins, there are probably thousands of cheese varieties out there in the world - well beyond the Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, Gouda, and Provolone that we all know and mostly love. There are soft cheeses and hard ones, smelly ones and non-smelly ones, cheeses of varying color and taste strength. But in general, they tend to mostly have this one thing in common: they're delicious.


And cheese is totally versatile too - there's no one simple way to eat it, and the number of possible combinations is probably infinite.


In our house, cheese can hardly even be purchased until the day it's scheduled to be prepared, lest it be eaten too soon. And to top off that revelation, no cheese is safe, from the sweet softness of cream cheese to the savory tang of aged sharp cheddar. We love it grilled, fried, baked, broiled.

But my secret favorite, the one little way that I love cheese above all the others, is to make it into a savory, delicious fondue. And even in this, there are few limitations - you can use fondue to dunk bread (toasted or not), veggies (lightly cooked - or not), meats (cooked, of course), and even fruits! It's fun, it's delicious, and it can be a downright romantic good time.


So I'm betting I'll be sampling some of my favorite cheese dishes throughout the day - and just in case you wanted to join me, here's a menu filled with cheesy delicious options to choose from! But remember, with thousands of varieties and millions of possibilities ... this is only the tip of the cheese block.

FOR BREAKFAST:
  • Breakfast Casserole - it's easy to whip up a quick cheesy breakfast for the whole family with this type of recipe. All you need is diced hash browns, brown crumbled sausage or bacon, a couple of beaten eggs, and your favorite shredded cheese. Toss everything together with a little splash of milk, bake according to the directions on the hash brown package, sprinkle with extra cheese if desired, and chow down!
  • Omelets - These are a little harder to make (omelets take some patience) but are a perfect avenue for enjoying cheesy goodness. Fill them with meats, veggies, or both, and enjoy a great boost of mostly low-carb protein.
  • Cheesecake French Toast - Feeling a little indulgent? Skip the savory and go for something sweet - make yourself some cheesecake stuffed french toast. Topped with berries and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this would be a delicious way to start your day!
FOR LUNCH:
  • Grilled Cheese - This is a quick and simple lunch, easily paired with soup, salad, or chips. You can use almost any sort of bread, almost any sort of cheese. You can add meats, even veggies, and even pasta! Wanna change it up a bit? Use tortillas instead, and make yourself a delicious, cheesy quesadilla.
  • Cheesy Spinach Rollups - Need lunch for more than just you? These little rollups are like portable spinach dip you can eat with your hands - put together, pop them in the oven, and you're on your way to thoroughly enjoying something both cheesy and nutrient-rich.
  • Top a Salad - Keep things simple for lunch and go for a quick, easy salad - but step it up with a sprinkle of shredded cheese tossed in for an extra boost of flavor and protein.
FOR DINNER:
  • Buffalo Chicken Alfredo - The dinner looks absolutely delicious, hearty and full of cheesy goodness. Set with salad and a well-toasted garlic bread, you're on your way to a spectacular dinner!
  • Macaroni and Cheese - You can make this as an entree or a side dish. You can mix things in, or choose not to. It can be made on the stovetop, in the crockpot, the oven or even the microwave. Like cheese itself, this particular dinner choice has countless options and varieties to choose from.
  • Cheese Soup - Obviously you'll want your soup to be something more hearty than just cheese, but this is another place where your options are all but endless - you can increase the heartiness of your soup by tossing in any of your favorite veggies, and then pair it with a crusty dinner roll or hearty slider to round out the meal.
FOR DESSERT:
  • Cheesecake
  • Canoli
  • Cheese Danish - with or without fruity toppings.
  • S'more Cheese Ball - paired with graham crackers, of course!
  • Cream Cheese Blondies
  • And of course, any cake or cookie frosted or drizzled with cream cheese icing!

So I know they say man can't live by bread alone ... but I think it's highly possible that he could live by cheese.
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2 comments:

  1. Yep a woman after my own heart. I adore cheese. My favorite thing right now is a cheesy ranch bread the local pizza places makes but my hubby figured out how to make it at home for me too

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    1. That's always the best - when you can hack your favorite "out" foods and figure out how to make them yourself! Then you get the yumminess, but still have the comfort of home.

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