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American Cheese Month

Sorry Readers! Somehow this is an old post that I must have pressed the wrong button on!  However the cheese is still good!

It’s American Cheese Month and Whole Foods wants you to know! Now just to make this clear, we are talking about cheese made in America, not the orange stuff that is called cheese.  Sorry! I never liked that stuff, but I know many of you do and that’s OK, but this cheese board is like way better. I mean way better!

Check out the certified cheese professional at your local Whole Foods. They can help you put together a fabulous spread. I chose some Colorado winners-I just couldn’t help myself- and I wasn’t disappointed! I started with an Avalanche cheese that is made in the Roaring Fork Valley, near Aspen. And no, I don’t know if it is named after our hockey team, but it has won some awards. Probably more than the team! I used a goat’s milk cheddar, made in the style of a British cheddar. Very different than the usual cheddar that I use on most anything. This is a dry, but flavorful, but not strong cheese and works lovely with homemade jam. Avalanche has loads of fabulous products on their website and lots of cute pictures of goats. I think I love goats more than cheese!

I also included a fun cheese from Fort Collins, which is where I went to school way back when.  This was a whole milk cheese from MouCo called Ashley. Well, Ashley rocks! Totally a great substitution for when you want a brie or a Camembert to add to your platter. We loved this cheese and caught it at its milder side, as this is one that does get stronger as it ages. It comes in a cute little ash covered round, and is smooth with a lot of soul.

Third, I added a Colorado cheese from Haystack. Buttercup was a mild cheese made from cow and goat’s milk. It was very mild and would be perfect as an everyday cheese to add highlights to any sandwich!

Last, but not least, I felt I needed a wildcard in this bunch, so I threw in the Beehive Barely Buzzed cheese. This is an original, unique American cheese made in Utah. But lest you think I left out Colorado, this cheese is covered in coffee beans roasted in Colorado. It has a smooth, creamy texture and since it is rubbed with lavender and coffee, it has a unique flavor that I adored!

Make your own cheese board! It is a perfect appetizer, dessert or dinner. I often add a variety of crackers or breads. Plenty of great jams, work well with the richness and saltiness of certain cheese. Sausages, salamis, chorizo, pates, what have you, help build a cheese platter and make it interesting. Olives and cornichons, dried and fresh fruits are all ways to create your own original combo!

Celebrate our country’s bounty. You will not be disappointed.

More things to try:

Frozen Cheese Souffle
Apricot, Blue Cheese and a Honey Drizzle
Pimento Less Cheese Filled with Peppadews and Green Chilies
Another Cheese Board


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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    October 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Cheese boards are so pretty and such a delicious way to snack. I love fruit and cheese combos. MouCo makes some wonderful cheeses. Love that company.

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    Anonymous
    October 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    My favorite cheese is Havarti!

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    Ali
    October 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

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    October 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm

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    Kitchen Riffs
    October 28, 2014 at 12:24 am

    We serve a lot of cheese when we entertain — great before dinner, and a great nibble after dessert as we polish off the wine! Whole Foods, at least the one in our neck of the woods, has a great cheese selection. Plus the people working there really know their stuff! Always nice. Anyway, good post — thanks.

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    latanya t
    October 28, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I like blue cheese

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    latanya t
    October 28, 2014 at 1:16 am

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    latanya t
    October 28, 2014 at 1:16 am

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    Alicia Boyde
    October 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I love a good white cheddar cheese 🙂

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    October 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

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    Alicia Boyde
    October 28, 2014 at 3:11 am

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    JC
    October 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

    I like smoked gouda.

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    October 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

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    October 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

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    Angie Schneider
    October 28, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I am having some French goat cheese now :-)) Love your cheese platter with all the fresh fruits and crisps.
    Have a wonderful day, Abbe!
    Angie

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    Liz Berg
    October 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh, I love making cheese boards…and you've picked out some lovely selections! Plus all the extras make it so special. My favorite cheese is probably Havarti…though Brie isn't too far behind 🙂

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    momandsons
    October 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I love Morbier chese.

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    October 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    October 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Ugh! I ADORE cheese but alas – I am lactose intolerance! 🙁

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    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself
    October 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I was never much into cheese but lately, it seems to be all I have been thinking about 😛
    Beautiful photos and I wish I could enter this giveaway!

    Cheers
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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    October 29, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Your selection of cheeses are wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity! Our favorite cheese happens to be goat cheese.

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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    October 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

    We are subscribers?

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    Priscilla S.
    October 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I love cheddar in general, but I tried a sample of English Cheddar at Whole Foods once and it's been my favorite ever since.

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    October 29, 2014 at 11:08 am

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    October 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

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    Biz
    October 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    That is my ideal dinner tray, and I would be a happy woman to have that for dinner every night. You know I loves me some cheese! My husbands cousin is a cheese buyer for Whole Foods in Florida – wish I had thought of that profession way back when!

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    Juliana
    October 30, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I love cheese and always love trying new ones…lately I have been eating lots of Manchego cheese.
    Hope you are having a lovely week Abbe 🙂

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    October 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I love american cheese
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    October 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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    October 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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    Two Healthy Kitchens
    October 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    American Cheese Month!?!? How did I not know that?!?! I loooooove cheese! I'm lucky to have you around to keep me up-to-date on this kinda stuff! If only you lived closer, we could celebrate together … with a massive cheese-party-extravaganza! Can't ya just picture it!?!? 😀 ~Shelley

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    Sippity Sup
    October 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Yes. American cheese are fascinating (and delicious). Pears are essential. GREG

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    November 4, 2014 at 2:43 am

    We have some wonderful local cheese makers in my area too. Indirectly I am professionally involved with them. It's an interesting world. I happen to love love cheese. There is so much variety and utter deliciousness out there in the cheese world. That it should be Cheese Year. I am still quite fond of brie.

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    Daniela Grimburg
    November 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    That sounds like an amazing choice of great cheese.
    Wouldn't know which one to choose first.

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    Unknown
    April 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    The coffee crusted cheese sounds so interesting. I have to look for it! My favorite cheese right now is a locally-made chevre. I'm loving goat cheeses lately.

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    traveler
    April 24, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I enjoyed your cheese feature. American cheese is wonderful.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I've made several cheese platters recently for family gatherings. I could make it a meal 🙂

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    Tricia Buice
    April 24, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Cheese fruit and a big hunk of bread is all I need to be happy!

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