Archive for March, 2011

It’s no joke – April is National Grilled Cheese Month!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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You surely know that April 1st is April Fools’ Day. But did you know that it’s also the start of National Grilled Cheese Month?

Actually we don’t know if it is a real holiday because there is no official source of information. Is it a real government sanctioned commemoration? A campaign of cheese marketers? Or just a myth?

Wherever it comes from, grilled cheese indeed has a great history with its origin in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and cheese became easily available. Grilled cheese sandwiches became popular during the Great Depression as people were short of money.

Nowadays, those sandwiches can be found in many creative ways on our restaurant menus.
For many of us it is a staple of childhood. Don’t you remember your mom making grilled cheese sandwiches as a quick and easy afternoon snack? Wasn’t it one of the first meals you cooked by yourself because it’s just so easy to make? We think that everyone of us has it’s own personal grilled cheese history.

So, why not devote a whole month to one of America’s most popular meals? You can participate in this culinary celebration by making one of our original gourmet grilled cheese recipes:

Garlic “Toasted” Mini Grilled Cheese

Hot Turkey Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Apple & Walnut

Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Ham

Cabbage & Carrot Cole Slaw Grilled Cheese

Grilled Bacon & Brie Sandwich

Grilled Camembert and Apples Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Panini with Caramelized Onions

Ham, Brie and Pear Panini

Pesto and Brie Grilled Cheese

Cheese around the web

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; Fondue Day Free Cheese, the #1 wine-drinking country, a funky frittata recipe and urban goats!

- Frittata with grated zucchini, goat cheese & dill via NYTimes

- Urban goats = not so easy access to goat cheese! via Mercury News

- Fondue Day means free fondue in K.C> via KCStar

- USA overtakes France as #1 wine drinking nation via WSP

Well, the last one’s not totally about cheese, but it passes since wine and cheese go together so well!

Breakfast with Ile de France: Comte & Asparagus Frittata

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Eggs have the protein needed to start the day with a large dose of mind and body-boosting energy. Eggs are also easily attained and simple to make, making them one of the most common breakfast foods in the world.

If there’s one negative thing to say about eggs when it comes to a breakfast food is that they can be bland – especially if there prepared the same way over and over.

There’s a solution to that, however, and it starts with ch and ends with eese! So spice up tomorrow’s post St. Paddy’s Day morning with Comte and Asparagus Frittata!

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This is one open-faced omelet with cheese recipe with flavor to spare!

What’s your favorite cheesy breakfast?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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If you’re looking for a little snack to go along with your St. Paddy’s Day beer, try brie cheese - it’s great with many beers including Guinness!

We have plenty of other cheese and dark beer pairing suggestions, too.

One year ago this month…

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Last March we featured a true classic of French cuisine: French onion soup!

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Check out the original gourmet French onion soup with cheese recipe at the end of the how to guide! While French onion soup doesn’t need cheese, it certainly tastes better when topped with a golden-brown layer of melted French cheese goodness!

Grilled Cheese around the web

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week there’s some cutting edge info on another classic: Grilled cheese sandwiches!

- Grilled cheese with mashed potatoes Awesome and unique grilled cheese recipe featured here

- Roxys Grilled Cheese Truck Stop by this cheesy vehicle if you’re in Boston….

- Grilled cheese and meatballs: A good idea? Find out on the new Top Chef!