Monday, January 23, 2017

All About Cheese

This is Day 16 of the 2017 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Today's prompt is CheesePlease visit the other participants for more adventures.

We missed it!

January 20 was National Cheese Lover's Day. I know I'm feeling kinda bleu, how about you?

To make up for that, here are some cheesy facts and trivia:

The earliest recorded cheese making dates back to 5000 BCE in what is now Poland.

There are over 1,750 varieties of cheese.

Nutritionally speaking, cottage and mozzarella are the "skinny" cheeses coming in at the lower end of the fat and calories scale. Those like mascarpone and cream cheese pack a higher calorie punch.

Due to our strict FDA regulations, the Brie you get here is likely not the real thing.

Research shows that eating cheese before bed can help you sleep.

From 1935 - 1937, it was legally required for restaurants in Wisconsin to serve "a small amount of cheese and butter" with meals.

America produces the most cheese in the world.

The crunchy bits sometimes found in cheese is not salt, but tyrosine. You can read more about that here.

Wisconsin uses cheese waste plus rock salt to de-ice the roads.

Vieux-Boulonge (France), an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese is claimed to be the stinkiest cheese in the world.

People who love cheese are called turophiles.

The Elk House in Sweden is the only producer of Moose Cheese.

Other cheesy days to celebrate this year:

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day - February 10
National Cheese Doodle Day - March 5
National Grilled Cheese Day - April 12
Cheese Souffle Day - May 18
National Cheese Day - June 4
National Cheesecake Day - July 30
National Goat Cheese Month - August
Moldy Cheese Day - October 9

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  1. A lot of cheese days, oh, and don't get me started on the cheesecake (brownies), yum, yum!!
    Interesting facts! Now I have only one question for you: tell me how does Emmentaler get its holes?

    1. I didn't happen across that information, but I did see that the holes in Swiss cheese have a recommendation of 3/8 to 13/16 size holes. Funny how a lot of these posts made me hungry.

  2. frankly, I don't know anything about cheese so this is helpful somehow, though I'm not a big fan of cheese, maybe in small amount

    happy cheese day.

    1. The most important thing I know about cheese is how much I enjoy it, especially with a nice wine.

  3. OK. So I have officially never had real brie. I SO WANT REAL BRIE! I would love to go to France and try every cheese I can get my hands on

    1. I haven't either. Of the ones I have had, some I liked and some I didn't. I would be cautious about eating all the French cheeses. I had a cheese once (French or not I don't know), but it got stronger and stronger and smelled like poop, hence always known as poop cheese.

  4. National Cream Cheese Brownie Day - February 10 - Yeah, I'm all over this one.

    1. That's right around the corner. Get one and take a picture for next year's challenge.

  5. Hi Linda - I think many people were doing other things on the 20th .. probably eating cheese though! Interesting there are so many cheese days ... I love cheese ... the Goats Cheese one would be my favourite! Take care and yes I'll be having some cheese over the year ahead ... cheers Hilary

    1. Yes, the 20th was the inauguration. I didn't watch, but looked at some of it on youtube later. I like some goat cheese. I found a new favorite recently. It is champagne good!

  6. I never realized I am a turophile. Who knew?? You have taught me some new things today.


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