Indulge Your Munchies!
For this special day, I took our relationship to the next level and stuffed them inside a grilled cheese.
It’s crunchy, gooey, spicy, and dope AF. Go ahead, treat yourself.
These two pieces of cheese might not look alike, but they’re both cheddars.
The one on the left is from Wisconsin, and the other is from Scotland.
One’s smooth and meltable, and the other’s crumbly and grassy.
But both cheeses are from the same cheddar family.
So why do they look and taste so different?…
Last night I taught a cheese and witchcraft class in my hometown Chicago.
That might seem a little weird at first: how exactly does cheese relate to witchcraft?
Obviously cheese makes anything taste like magick,
but the relationship between the two doesn’t stop there.
Cheese also has a magickal history.
Throughout history, dairy maids were accused of witchcraft when their cows
produced particularly abundant milk or their cheeses were wicked tasty.
Others were accused of cursing their neighbor’s cheese production
when their yields were poor or their cows went dry.
People have also used cheese in rituals and offerings as a symbol of prosperity.
Some have read rind formations, as one would tea leaves.
In Icelandic folklore, male cheesemakers would mark their wheels
and send them off to maidens, who, upon eating it, would fall in love with them.
And finally, cheese has long been paired with magickal herbs, fruits, and drinks
and eaten with an intention to cast a spell.
The relation makes sense: there is something fundamentally magickal about cheese.
The shapeshifting transformation from milk to curd appears miraculous.
Cheese possesses the power to seduce us and leave us craving more.
It puts us under a spell.
Here are 5 of the witchiest cheeses to spook up
your Halloween cheese platter.
It’s officially fall and we’re all ready to comfort ourselves with a couple blankets of stretchy melted cheese.
Unfortunately it’s still 90°F here in the midwest. Not exactly French onion soup weather.
We need something to help us ease into the season,
while the weather catches up to the fall feels.
Goat cheese keeps a grilled cheese light, especially with a swipe of tangy tapenade.
There’s also enough garlic to slay vampires through 2018.
A cheese platter is always the perfect meal, especially in the heat of late summer.
They’re portable and make the best picnic,
you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven,
and they make a seductive little canvas for the fruits of the season.
It’s important to approach late-summer platters with finesse,
otherwise the sun and sticky humidity will turn that pretty spread into a hot mess.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your chill
when you’re cheesing in the heat.
Don’t let this happen to you.
If you know these 5 cheese types you’ll be able to describe any cheese you’ve had
You’ll also know what kind of cheese you like most.
Even if you 🖤 all of them, this’ll come in handy when you’re trying to buy cheese.
Nearly any cheese fits into these 5 simple categories:
fresh, bloomy, washed, pressed, and blue.
Summer berries are just about at peak season and my favorite way of eating them is with a little cheese.
Together they make for a healthy, delicious, and easy meal that you can enjoy any time of the day from breakfast to dessert.
Look to balance the flavors of the fruit with the cheese: try tart fruits with rich cheeses and sweet fruits with salty cheeses.
Here are four plating ideas you can enjoy with summer berries, but do experiment on your own!
Much like people, what goes into a cheese is equally as important as how it is raised. The consistently cool and humid environment of a cave is alive with beneficial bacteria and fungi – an ideal environment for curing cheeses. This aging process aids in the development of an earthy depth of flavor and a healthy rind. A good cave-aged cheese is incredible, but the bold, earthy flavors can be rather intimidating. How can you enter this exciting realm of artisan cheese without overwhelming your delicate, newbie palate? The Cellars at Jasper Hill recently released a new cave-aged cheddar that’s both approachable and complex – it’s your gateway into the world of cave-aged cheese.