What's Cheese Got to Do with It?

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About 1200 cheeses from the U.S. and Canada beautifully filled the Grand Ballroom
An elegant display of cheese on just one of the many tables tempt attendees at the American Cheese Society Conference.
Is it real? Or is it the Chicago skyline sculpted in cheese?
About 1200 cheeses from the U.S. and Canada beautifully filled the Grand Ballroom

About 1200 cheeses from the U.S. and Canada beautifully filled the Grand Ballroom

I’m a member of the American Cheese Society because my husband and I own a cheese and wine shop located in the mountains of western North Carolina. It’s obviously not my main occupation – sewing and quilting still rule my life – but, we’ve owned the store for five years and in that time I’ve learned a lot about cheese and the great people who make it. I compare it to what we all do, except our medium is fiber and theirs is milk.

The conference this year was in Chicago and was attended by cheesemakers, retailers, distributors, authors, and others involved in the world of cheese. It’s a fabulous opportunity to attend seminars, meet the experts, and taste artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the U.S. and Canada – many still made in the great European traditions and many examples of the creative ingenuity that American crafts people have long demonstrated. Imagine yourself in the Grand Ballroom of  Chicago’s Conrad Hilton Hotel with tables and tables and tables of cheeses (almost 1200) available for your pleasure!

So – put down your crafting for a bit and get out and try some cheese! It’s a wonderful, healthy, nutritious food that you can eat any time of the day. Some of my favorites: Humboldt Fog, a soft aged goat cheese made by Mary Keene of Cypress Grove Dairy in California; Carr Valley (Wisconsin) Benedictine, made from a combination of goat, sheep, and cow’s milk; Grayson, made nearby in Galax, VA at Meadow Creek Dairy; Fiscalini bandage-wrapped cheddar also made in California. My list could go on and on. But, hopefully you get the point. I like cheese!!


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JenniferStern writes: Last weekend I was on my annual trip to Vermont for the Southern Vermont Craft Show, a Play (this year it was Frog & Toad...it's amazing what a cast of 5 can do with a children's story!) and shopping in Manchester. Of course one of the highlights for me was a stop at Taylor Farm for their heavenly smoked gouda.

On the way home we stopped in Grafton VT at Grafton Farm's new retail store...it was a wine and cheese wonderland! I like cheese too!
Posted: 4:01 pm on August 6th
trusk4u writes: My family has been big cheese lovers forever! Growing up in the midwest(Illinois & Michigan) we are well aquainted with Wisconsin cheeses. We have since expanded into international cheeses and are still amazed at the variety! Making a quality cheese is truly a talent!
Posted: 10:17 am on August 6th
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