June 4th National Cheese Day

Who doesn’t love cheese!?! Okay, maybe people who are lactose intolerant, but most of the rest of us love cheese. We put it on practically everything we eat and has become a part of nearly every holiday we celebrate. We use every animal that produces milk to make cheese out of. Ya, cheese is a big deal and today we celebrate the between 7,500 and 8,000 types of cheese there are. So say “Cheese!” and celebrate the day with the world.

How to celebrate – Figure out which cheese is your favorite. Try a cheese you’ve never had before. Name as many cheeses as you can think of.

January 20th National Cheese Lover’s Day

Who doesn’t love cheese!?! Okay, maybe people who are lactose intolerant, but most of the rest of us love cheese. We put it on practically everything we eat and has become a part of nearly every holiday we celebrate. We use every animal that produces milk to make cheese out of. Ya, cheese is a big deal and today we celebrate the between 7,500 and 8,000 types of cheese there are. So say “Cheese!” and celebrate the day with the world.

How to celebrate – Figure out which cheese is your favorite. Try a cheese you’ve never had before. Name as many cheeses as you can think of.

September 5th Cheese Pizza Day

One of the world’s most favorite foods is pizza. Of all the types of pizza made, cheese if the most popular. And why not, cheese is really all you need to have to make for the nearly perfect meal ever! Note it does not mention which kind, or kinds of cheese you can use. So long as it melts it will work. You can have thin crust, flat bread, deep dish… as long as it’s round, square or triangular it still can be pizza! And although many of us enjoy adding toppings today is all about the original, plain cheese!

How to celebrate – Make some pizza today. Experiment with different types of cheese. Try white pizza verses regular pizza.

April 12th Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Here is an American favorite! I don’t know, maybe it’s a worldwide favorite as well but it is also one of my favorites, the grilled cheese sandwich. Oddly, it did not exist until the 1920’s when someone actually produced sliced bread! I’ll bet the minute sliced bread became available someone was melting cheese on it. It is comfort food, friendly food and family food (best served with soup). And you can change it up a lot with the type of bread you use and the flavor of cheese you pick. Mix it up, or stick with the known, it’s a fun food to eat and yummy as well!

How to celebrate – Have a grilled cheese sandwich today. Try a different type of cheese than usual. Throw a grilled cheese sampler party.

January 20th National Cheese Lover Day

Who doesn’t love cheese! Well, may those lactose intolerant, but the rest of us do! It is believed cheese was discovered, perhaps by accident, in either present day Poland or Arabia. That narrows it down a bit. Perhaps closing it a little bit it was somewhere between 7,500 and 8,000 B.C.. There are between 900 and 1400 types of cheese, they are supposedly divide by the texture of the cheese. For some reason, it seems the worse they smell the better they are. They also seem to be better when combined with wine, if you like wine. So get some smelly cheese and fix a glass of wine, do they still make Ripple?, and have a party!

How to celebrate – How many types of cheese can you name? Think of everything you can put cheese on. Have a cheese tasting party.

April 11th National Cheese Fondue Day

April 11th – National Cheese Fondue Day

Who doesn’t love cheese fondue!?! Okay, maybe those lactose intolerant aren’t real fond of it but the rest of us are! And served as a fondue, even better! All melty and creamy. And you can have your favorite flavor as well! Swiss, Havarti, Cheddar, and all the others which I cannot pronounce or spell. The first cheese fondue recipe appeared in 1875 though it did not really become popular until the mid-1900’s. To make it even more fun you can use your favorite bread to dip in it, or a cracker, or anything you like. Cheese pretty much goes with everything.

How to celebrate – Buy a fondue making kit. Go to a restaurant that serves fondue. Visit Switzerland.

February 9th National Pizza Day

I don’t know hardly anybody who doesn’t like pizza. It seems to be that one food that nearly everyone can find a flavor or style that they can enjoy. Deep-dish, thin crust, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Greek, Hawaiian… you name it, someone makes it. You can cover it in all sorts of different meats, vegetables and even fruit! What’s not to love!?! You can have it for supper, lunch or even breakfast! It is believed that the first pizza ever sold was in Naples, Italy back in 1738. The first made may have come from the Greeks in Alexander’s army moving across the Middle East. Who knows, but we do know that over 3 billion are sold every year in the US.

How to celebrate – Have some pizza! Try a style of pizza you haven’t had before. Make a list of as many toppings as you can remember.

January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

January 20th National Cheese Lovers Day

Well count me in, I love cheese! Then we get into the facts of how cheese probably came into being in the first place and your love for it may decline somewhat. So, I won’t get into those details because today is Cheese Lovers Day not, I Am Grossed Out By How Cheese Was Discovered Day. It is believed cheese was first discovered around 5,500 BCE in Poland. Shortly there-after someone first cut the cheese. There are over 1,400 varieties of cheese today with many of the flavors being created by adding bacteria, enzymes and fungi to alter the flavors. Yummy!

How to celebrate – Have some cheese. Throw a cheese tasting party. Make a list of your favorite cheeses.

September 5th Cheese Pizza Day

Why mess with a good thing? Cheese pizza is great before you add any of the usual toppings – pepperoni, onions, black olives… you name it. When you were a kid you wouldn’t touch any of the rest of that stuff, it was cheese or nothing. As you get older you realize you can pick that stuff off but then what do you do with it? Actually, the original pizza probably didn’t have cheese on it either. Pizza didn’t originate in Italy either, it is probably a Greek soldier thing. They put spices and herbs on flat bread and let it bake in the sun. Maybe they had a little cheese, but probably not. However today it’s all about the cheese, the more the better.

How to celebrate – Have a cheese pizza! Experiment with different types of cheese. Try a white pizza.

April 12th National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Remember those cold winter evenings when you came home from school or work and found you were having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner? Man, those were some of the best days ever. It was comfort food that made you feel warm and at home. So simple that it could melt away all the tensions of the day. Well, the grilled cheese sandwich has been around for a while. It sort of started back in the Roman era when cheese was often melted on bread and served to the rich and the poor alike. Of course, we didn’t have sliced bread until the 1920’s but that isn’t important. Any hunk of bread will do in a pinch! American cheese, Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese… it didn’t really matter and dunking it in that hot soup seemed to make it even better! I miss those days. As our diets seem to involve less and less of the simple foods that made us feel better. It may have not been healthy, but boy was it good!

How to celebrate – Have a grilled cheese sandwich. Fix soup and a sandwich for dinner tonight. Have a grilled cheese sandwich party with all sorts of different cheese and bread.