The American Cheese Society has named October “American Cheese Month” – all American cheeses… not that rubbery stuff… The Lady is attending a meeting next Monday afternoon at the Denver Headquarters of the American Cheese Society to help kick off this first ever American Cheese Month… stay tuned… we will post events as they unfold and are scheduled… woohoo!!!

Member, Association of Food Bloggers

Londonport® Top Round Seasoned Roast Beef 915

Way back in the day before I joined and brought my elan to the family, The Lady discovered that The Man was a real “meat and potatoes” kind-of-a-guy. He claimed to not like chicken or fish; preferring beef to all other proteins… The Lady worked diligently the last 30+ years to change this mindset with only a modicum of success. So… when I asked The Man to design his favorite grilled cheese, it came as no surprise that he went with rare roast beef…

Ingredients:

Real Mayonaise – if you make your own, you’ll never buy mayo again

Marbled Rye Bread

Boar’s Head Londonport Rare Roast Beef, thinly sliced and piled high (gluten-free)

Boar’s Head Horseradish Cheddar, also piled high (gluten-free)

Boar’s Head Deli Style Mustard (gluten-free)

 

A Tip from The Man: Schmear mayo on the outside instead of butter.

 

For simple instructions on how to assemble a perfect grilled cheese sandwich,please click here.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 69 posts. There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 25th with 193 views. The most popular post that day was Tillamook 100th Anniversary Cheddar Cheesecake.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cheesemonger.wordpress.com, facebook.com, blogsurfer.us, twitter.com, and tillamookfanclub.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pimento cheese spread, gorgonzola burger, cheese and food pairings, beer and cheese pairing chart, and meat and cheese pairings.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Tillamook 100th Anniversary Cheddar Cheesecake July 2010
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Cheese and Wine Pairings Chart July 2009
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Tillamook 100th Anniversary Pimento Cheese Spread July 2009
8 comments

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Generic Cheese and Beer Pairing Chart November 2009
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Beer, Cheese and Food Pairings Chart June 2009
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Cheesemonger Blog Has Won Another Award!!

The Kudos Just Keep Coming

December 15, 2010

As recently reported, CulinaryArtsCollege.org named our cheese blog one of the 50 Best Cheese Blogs on the Internet“.

And now… Cheeseball.org has named Cheesemonger’s Blog (that would be this blog) one of the “Top 60 Cheese Blogs”

It’s been a great year for your favorite Feline Foodie (that would be me) and The Lady. we thank the kind folks at Culinary Arts College and Cheeseball for including us in their lists!!

It’s easy and oh so “oooh la la”:

From Harvesteating.com

Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda Scramble

Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda Scramble

You may recall The Lady received a piece of cheese from Gary, her husband’s BFF, which he wanted her to sample and review. Thanks to Tom from Rogue Creamery (shout out to Tom: Congrats to you and Steve, of Portland’s Steve’s Cheese, on winning the Cheesemonger Competition at this year’s ACS Conference – job well-done – your case was gorgeous!!) she learned it was from Wisconsin’s Maple Leaf.

The Lady had a small piece of the smoked Gouda left and she took it and used it in an egg scramble yesterday.

With the help of her new favorite gadget, the  KitchenAid chopper (similar to the one on the infomercial that runs every two minutes on cable TV), she made an egg scramble that The Man and I enjoyed with Chicken Sausage handmade at her store.

Ingredients:

Scallions

Walla Walla Onion

Celery

Bell Pepper

Parsley

Chives

Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda

Eggs

Salt and Pepper

Chicken Sausage

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Homegrown Grape Tomatoes as garnish

 

Preparations:

Sauté Chicken Sausage in EVOO until cooked through and brown.

Keep sausage warm in heated oven. Reserve oil in pan.

While sausage is cooking:

Chop your veggies into edible sizes;

Shred Maple Leaf Smoked Gouda;

Whisk eggs with salt and pepper to taste.

Add cheese to whisked eggs. Set aside.

Once sausage is cooked, sauté chopped veggies in reserved oil until brown.

Add whisked eggs and cheese mixture.

Cook to desired firmness.

The Lady served with Grape Tomatoes from The Man’s garden.

As if I didn’t have enough to do, The Lady wants me to post recipes she makes using cheese…

Where will I fit it in between humankind observations, reviewing cheese and napping…

Under construction…in the meantime, check out my other blog:

http://cheesemonger.wordpress.com/