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Cheese Please!: Recipes for National Cheese Lover’s Day 

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Sweet cheeses, January 20th is National Cheese Lovers Day! It only feels right that this day would fall within the month of my own birth as I am a certified cheese lover. I like all cheeses in all formats, never met a cheese I didn’t like, etc, etc. In honor of this special day, I flipped through our extensive cookbook collection and will now highlight some of the recipes that I’d like you to make for me. I suppose you could just make them for yourself, but don’t forget that I said it was my birthday! Warning: bad puns ahead. 

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What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up by Elizabeth Heiskell 
Quiche Lorraine (p. 208): I already mentioned that I love cheese, but I also love brunch. I can’t help it, I’m a millennial. Anywho, this recipe has it all and bacon to boot. The recipe suggests Gruyere or Swiss, but would it be SWISSful thinking to suggest both? Try this similar recipe by Southern Living.  

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from A Sweet and Savory Life by Rachael Ray
Baked Pears with Gorgonzola and Crispy Prosciutto (p. 63): Dessert cheese? Yes Please! Check out the online recipe here. 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! : Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives by Ree Drummond Also available instantly through Hoopla.
Lobster Mac & Cheese (p. 207): CHEESE LouiseRee kicks up an already decadent recipe with four types of cheese here: Cheddar, Fontina, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese. Check out the online recipe here.

Prep-ahead Breakfasts & Lunches: 75 No-fuss Recipes to Save You Time & Money by Alea Milham
Ham and Cheese Ranch Drop Biscuits (p. 55): Step aside Red Lobster, there’s a new biscuit in the house! There’s broccoli included, so it’s basically healthy. Here’s a similar recipe sans broccoli. 

French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwich (p. 136): You had me at cheese and caramelized onions. Drooling, you had me drooling. Here’s a similar recipe with slow cooked shredded beef twist.

From A Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food by Anne Applebaum
Pierogi with Potato, Cheese, Bacon, and Peas filling (p. 207): This answers the age-old question of whether a pierogi should be considered a meal or side dish. With meat, potatoes, and veggies includedI’d call this a well-rounded meal. Check out the online recipe here. 

Instant Pot Fast & Easy: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for your Instant Pot by Urvashi Pitre
Cheesy Polenta (p. 162): I’ll admit that I’ve never attempted traditional polenta before, but I’ve heard there’s a great bit of stirring involved. That makes this hands-free instant pot method seem like a real winner! Polenta is great as is, but I say CHEESE the day and fry it too!  

The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes From your Favorite Brewpubs & Breweries by John Holl 
Rocket Salad with Camembert Croquettes (p. 82): If you aren’t yet familiar with croquettes, it’s time to get acquainted! They’re basically just little fried morsels of heaven and can be filled with just about any type of cuisine! This recipe combines the fried cheese with a fresh citrusy salad for the perfect combination. Want to up the ante? Add bacon to the croquette! 

Skillet Meals: 150+ Deliciously Easy Meals From One Pan by Better Homes & Gardens  
Veggie Stuffed Pasta Shells (p. 226): This is an excellent pseudo-healthy take on the classic, but don’t let the veggies fool you–there’s still plenty of cheese! Check out the online recipe here. 

Smoked Gouda and Apricot Melts (p. 82): I love a gourmet grilled cheese. Add in some apricot jam and it’s not just GOUDA, it’s GRATE! Check out the online recipe here. 

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers by Loren Bouchard
You’ve watched Bob’s Burgers, right? If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check it out. The DVDs are all available through the library and it just doesn’t get any CHEDDAR than this show!  

I’ve Created a Muenster Burger (p. 34): Muenster is #4 on Gene’s list of “Cheeses that Please Me.” That alone should be enough to persuade you to check out the show. Check out the online recipe here. Then come the library and check out the book. There are 126 pages of punny burgers. If you haven’t clicked away from this page yet, I guarantee you’ll appreciate the book. 

Beer Bites: Tasty Recipes and Perfect Pairings for Brew Lovers by Christian DeBenedetti
Blue Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham & Pepper Jelly (p. 49): Sweet pepper jelly and blue cheese are a delicious combo. Add in the biscuit and ham and you’ll be anything but BLUE! Here’s a similar recipe for the biscuits. Take a look at the book for beer pairing suggestions. 

Stilton Welsh Rarebit with Fig Jam (p. 125): I promise that no rabbits will be harmed in the making of this dish. As fellow GBBO fans will know, Welsh Rarebit is a form of melted cheese on toast. Don’t let that simple description fool you, this recipe is full of flavor and would be well received at even the fanciest brunch events.  Check out a similar recipe for Stilton and Chutney Rarebit. Take a look at the book for beer pairing suggestions. 

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen I could have (should have?) made this entire list from cheesy recipes in Chrissy Teigen’s two cookbooks. Perhaps I should just start over
Stretchy Artichoke, Spinach, and Buffalo Chicken Dip (p. 144): Direct quote from Chrissy’s cookbook: “Your cheesefilled mouth will struggle to muster small talk when you have this at your next function.” Need I say more? Check out the online recipe here. 

Crab, Cream Cheese, and Scallion Wontons (p. 134): AKA Crab Rangoons, AKA heaven on earth. Check out a similar online recipe here. 

Roasted Jalapeño and Chorizo Queso (p. 153): There was once a time that I thought nothing could top queso dip with tortilla chips. Then I tried this queso dip with Chorizo and my life was forever changed. In QUESO emergency, try a similar online recipe here. 

I could happily keep this list going with endless recipes and puns, but I’m told people CAMEMBERT it. Take it easy, keep it cheesy y’all! 😛  

Ashley G.

Ashley works at the Main Library. She is an Adult Services Librarian who often likes to masquerade in the realm of Youth Services. She enjoys reading, nature walks, and Netflix, but spends most of her free time trying to entertain her toddler. She loves essay style memoirs (think David Sedaris or Mindy Kaling), but also reads mysteries, historical fiction, YA fiction, romance, and literary fiction. She has an unhealthy obsession with Aldi--IYKYK.