MouseI have a new “playmate” and we are playing a new game, Cat and Mouse. Unfortunately, for the mouse, the end will be… well he won’t enjoy it as much as I.  Currently he is hiding somewhere in the manse and I’ll have to continue my vigil until I find the little critter and at that time, The Lady and I will prepare our final grilled cheese to honor “April is grilled Cheese”.

Yesterday morning while the three of us were watching the Royal Wedding and about the time of the Royal Kiss, the critter made his debut in the living room. He looked liked a regular old house mouse, most likely he came in when The Lady had the sliding glass door off her office open, which she does a lot to enjoy fresh air. I tried to take him out then and there, but the critter eluded me and had me up all night trying to ferret out his hiding place… it’s just a matter of time before I get him… and then I’ll skin him and have The Lady fillet him and enjoy my final grilled cheese for this series… I only see one minor flaw in my plan… getting The Lady to fillet the little guy… but I can be quite persuasive when neccessary…

Ingredients:

Marbled Rye

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

Mus musculus aka Mouse House – The Lady suggested chicken… boring

Appel Farms Smoked Gouda

Cole Slaw on the sandwich (drain any liquid first)

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It is rumored that the Royal Wedding Dinner will be heavy on appetizers rather than a traditional menu for a formal dinner. One of the reasons is the guest list has 650 of their closest friends and the kitchen and formal dining room at Buckingham Palace is only equipped for dinners of 150… too many folks and too little china…

One of the appetizers rumored to be on the menu is Bubble and Squeak (a fav of William’s) Lamb Confit… and ever the sentimentalist… The Lady asked me to use it for today’s Grilled Cheese.

You can view a recipe for traditional Lamb Bubble and Squeak by clicking here.

May William and Kate be as happy as The Lady and The Man after thirty years of marriage…

Ingredients

Crusty Bread

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

Braised Lamb – sliced thinly

English Stilton – the King of English Blue Cheeses – how could we use any other cheese for this recipe?

Bubble and Squeak ingredients – mashed potatoes, carrots, cabbage, green beans, fresh rosemary sprig

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Ilchester's ApplewoodThe Royal Wedding is only a few hours away and I decided to choose a favorite of The Queen, Cheval, as my tasty meat and pair it with Applewood Smoked Cheddar from Ilchester… two great English dishes rolled and melted into one great grilled cheese. Long live the Queen’s Grilled Cheese…

Ingredients:

Crusty Bread

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

Applewood Smoked Cheddar

Cheval – The Lady is aghast… she suggests chicken, of course she does…

Tawny Orange Marmalade

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Image of Marmota vancouverensisSheesh… The Lady thinks my meat choices for our grilled cheese recipes might be a bit adventurous for the everyday palate… not to mention… illegal to have and eat… after hours of negotiating, we have reached a compromise… I will choose the delicacy from my list of pairings and she will offer a more “accessible” choice… the things I do to keep The Lady happy…

Today I chose Marmota vancouverensis. Not only is it tasty, but while The Lady, The Man and I attend the Seattle Cheese Festival in a couple of weeks, I plan to sneak away when they sleep and catch me one of these critters, skin it, pack it in ice and bring it back to the manse and hide it in the freezer… The Lady says, “Fat chance. You’d have to take the ferry and you don’t have a passport.” I made it to Wisconsin didn’t I???

But be that as it may… I chose Denhay Farmhouse Cheddar to pair with my Canadian delicacy. If you add a little horseradish… you have another perfect grilled cheese.

The Lady suggests thinly sliced rare roast beef… now that’s an original pairing…

Ingredients:

Crusty Sourdough Bread

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

Marmota vancouverenis… or thinly sliced rare roast beef

Creamed Horseradish Sauce

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Cotswold Double GloucesterHumankinds erroneously believe that their feline friends have “nine lives”. This is understandable because when The Brain calls us back to The Mothership, we leave our earthly body behind… I bring this up because in one of my previous “lives” (think: re-deployment by The Brain), I ended up in the Philippines and discovered Axis calamianensis, which at the time wasn’t endangered as it is today. You can blame those pesky pythons for the decrease in the population. You had to get up early while the pythons were still nesting to get your fair share…

I decided to pair this delicacy with Cotswold Pub Cheese, a cheese that The Lady and I discovered early in our cheese journey and remains a favorite around the manse.

Ingredients:

Pane rustica

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

Cotswold Pub Cheese

Grilled Ribeye of Axis calamianensis – sliced thin

BBQ Sauce

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This picture was taken in Jerusalem in 1970 when The Lady traveled around the world. She is sitting on a relative of the tasty morsel I chose for the grilled cheese today. Ossau Iraty is from the Basque region of France and is a much less militant cheese than the cheeses from the Spanish Basque region… but as one who has feasted around the world… this grilled cheese is a winning combination.

A few suggestions on preparing the Camelus bactrianus: 1. When capturing, sneak up on it; spitting is a sport of this critter. 2. Marinate for at least a week, unless you can get a young one. The older ones tend to be tough and dry. 3. Roast on a spit. 4. Slice thin.

Ingredients:

Naan

Olive Oil

Ossau Iraty

Camelus Bactrianus

Hummus, as a side dish.

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FontinaHappy Easter to everyone!!!

Hope it was a hopping good time!! After 3 weeks of humankind Grilled cheese recipe, The Lady acquiesced and agreed to let me choose the meats for the last week of “April is Grilled Cheese Month“.  It seemed only fitting to begin my creations with a grilled cheese that includes Sylvilagus audubonii.

The Lady and I count among our friends, Gaetano Auricchio, whose birthday is today. First, a birthday shout out to Gaetano, the birthday boy!! Woohoo!!

Gaetano is also a VP at BelGioioso Cheese and son of its founder… so I chose BelGioioso’s Fontina, a tasty and creamy cheese that melts so perfectly that The Lady uses this cheese in her mac n cheese recipes quite often.

Ingredients:

Crusty Italian Bread

Golden Glen Creamery Farmstead Butter

BelGioioso Fontina

Sylvilagus audubonii

Mint Jelly

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