You’ll have to reach whey back in the dairy case to celebrate today’s food holiday. June 4 is National Cheese Day!
Which is not to be confused with National Cheese Lover’s Day. Or cheese fondue day. Or grilled cheese day. Or…well, there sure are a lot of holidays devoted to cheese! And in my not-so-moldy opinion, that’s a good thing. Since I’ve already discussed cheese ad nauseum (fancy way of saying “a lot”), I’ll leave you with some fun cheese facts and quotes instead.
Remains of cheese have been found in 4000 year old Egyptian tombs.
While cows, goats, and sheep are most often used to make cheese, it is occasionally made from the milk of other animals. A farm in Sweden makes moose cheese, and there’s a mozzarella made from the milk of a water buffalo.
The U.S. is the top cheese producer in the world, but Greece consumes the most cheese, with France a not-so-distant second.
Mozzarella is the most popular cheese in the U.S., having recently surpassed cheddar. We can thank pizza lovers (and string cheese manufacturers) for this trend.
Swiss cheese has holes because of gases that expand in the curds during the ripening period.
The term “big cheese” referred to people who were wealthy enough to be able to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.
The best cheese accompaniments are fruit, olives, and nuts.
Cheese tastes best when it’s served at room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before serving.
“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.” – Clifton Fadiman
“A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” – Charles De Gaulle
“Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” – Luis Bunuel
“The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.” – W.C. Fields
To celebrate National Cheese Day, we made the ultimate comfort food dish: macaroni ‘n cheese. And not out of a blue box, either. From scratch, of course (thank you, Fannie Farmer). It was scrumptious, even on a warm day like today!