Cheese-Inspired Memorial Day Party Ideas

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Memorial Day weekend is often considered the kick-off to summer. It is a time when people finally pull the lawn furniture from their sheds, start up the barbecue, and invite family and friends over to celebrate.

When hosting parties we understand that it can sometimes be overwhelming finding creative ideas to impress guests. So we have found 3 cheese-inspired pairings that will surely be a hit this Memorial Day weekend.

Mozzarella with Sauvignon Blanc
Our personal favorite combination is pairing mozzarella with tomatoes topped with tapenade and pesto while served with a light Sauvignon Blanc. If that doesn’t sound appealing you can also serve mozzarella with fresh olives topped with crushed garlic and olive oil.

Mini Flavored Cheddar with Pilsner
When making snack foods, add flavor to any dish by adding mini cheddar cheese to burgers, chicken, or salads. We suggest serving it along with a Lager or Pilsner to balance the taste.

Glue Cheese with Gewürztraminer 
Add blue cheese on your favorite salad, burger, or bread to add “richness and tanginess” to the meal. Pair it up with the Gewürztraminer to make the perfect summer dish for guests.

Click HERE to read other ways you can add cheese into your party this Memorial Day.

The American Cheese Society’s 28th annual ACS Judging and Competition

The American Cheese Society is holding its 28th annual Judging and Competition this week from August 1st-4th! The leading competition of North American Cheeses, The ACS Judging and Competition will take be held in Raleigh, NC. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 4th and recognizes top cheese makers from across the continent.

Read more about the competition here.

Variety of cheeses

Wine and Cheese for Beginners

With entire books written on the subject, wine and cheese is one of the most famous culinary pairings around. For those of us who aren’t wine and cheese connoisseurs, it can be quite intimidating to find out where to begin. But in the ocean of opinions on wine and cheese pairings, a few rules and classic combinations provide an excellent starting point.

For those new to wine and cheese, there are a few simple guidelines to start you off. First, white wines tend to go well with “softer” cheeses that have a stronger, more pungent flavor and smell. Second, red wines generally work better with “harder” cheeses that have much milder flavors. Third, fruity and sweet white wines, as well as dessert wines, pair with the widest variety of cheeses. Finally, pair pungent cheeses with sweeter wines.

In addition to these guidelines, some classic wine and cheese pairings have emerged over the years. These classic pairings work best for entertaining guests. The full-bodied red wine cabernet sauvignon happens to pair well with sharp cheddar. Meanwhile, mild cheddar, along with provolone and parmesan, go well with Chardonnay. Brie cheese compliments both champagne and merlot nicely, while gouda cheese mixes with Riesling and merlot.

Don’t forget, though, that these established guidelines and classic pairings aren’t etched in stone, and everyone has a unique taste palette. Don’t be afraid to experiment and discover some personal favorites, be it at dinner, a party, or for a bedtime snack. Feel free to share some of your personal favorites in the comments!

wine and cheese go well together

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese with a Twist!
Grilled cheese sandwiches have been a longtime staple for a quick, low-fuss and tasty meal. But with a little creativity you can put some twists on the old classic that can make for some unique dishes. We’ve compiled a few ideas for some more unconventional grilled cheese sandwiches. Try one yourself, and don’t be afraid to get adventurous and make your own. Feel free to share any of your own creations in the comments. We’d love to hear them!

Jalapeno Poppers Grilled Cheese
This sandwich is a simple way to capture the flavor of jalapeno poppers. Spread some cream cheese on one side. Cover the other piece with some cheddar and some spicy pepper jack. For some extra crunch, put some crumbled tortilla chips in.

Greek-Style Grilled Cheese
This one goes particularly well with wheat bread. Take some feta cheese along with some cheddar, and add some red onions and thick tomato slices. Fry it up and serve it alongside some hummus and pita chips.

Mozzarella Sourdough
Combining mozzarella, tomato, and fresh basil on some sourdough makes for a great lunchtime sandwich. Be sure to slice the tomatoes nice and thick.

Italian Pesto Grilled Cheese
For this one, take a few slices of Italian bread and combine some provolone and American cheeses. Add a few slices of tomato and a tablespoon of your favorite pesto sauce, and you’re all set.

Peanut Butter and Bacon Classic
This is one that you probably wouldn’t think of off the cuff. Just take your standard old white bread grilled cheese with some slices of American. Before frying it in the pan, add some peanut butter and a few slices of bacon. The sweetness and creaminess of the peanut butter compliments the otherwise salty and crunchy sandwich surprisingly well.

Grilled cheese can be unique, too