Despite this summer's drought, Wisconsin and Minnesota continue to rally in milk production, creeping up on California's production numbers in August. Check it out:
Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger August this year than they did last year.
Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was 5 percent better than in August of last year.
And in Minnesota, production totaled 753 million pounds, a 3 percent improvement
Seattle's got another grilled cheese truck, but this one has a sorcerous twist to it, serving up sci-fi themed sammiches that sound pretty dang delicious. Roll with Jen's got the story, let us know what you think:
I accidentally discovered the brand new Cheese Wizards parked outside Book Bindery and Wessco Blinds on Nickerson Street. I was actually on my way to scope out a biscuit truck on Nickerson, but had to pull over when I saw the two-toned yellow angular truck.
At Heartland Creamery, cheese is not the only mission. Through it's affiliation with Heartland's rehab facility, the creamery helps people rebuild their lives and recover from addiction. The Quincy Herald-Whig has the full story:
"I've had good jobs on the outside. I was a graphic designer," said one cheesemaker, who did not give his name. "My problem was alcohol, 10 years of alcohol addiction. I was going through all kinds of legal issues and came to a point I knew I needed a change in my life, a drastic change. I looked up online different places. This seemed like the right place for me."
He knew nothing at all about making cheese, but the graphic design work honed a fine eye for detail which helped in learning about milk and cheesemaking.
The drought has made life on the farm tough, especially if you're raising dairy cattle. Corn is expensive and scarce after the long, hot summer, but luckily there's a substitute, and it's called candy! All this sugary stuff is bad for us, but good for cows (in moderation, of course). Reuters has the story:
In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn.
As writer and cook Rebecca Orchant points out in this mini homage, buttermilk is "having a moment." Everyone seems to be talking about it, learning about it, and trying to make it. The next step is cooking with it, and that's where Orchant comes in:
You probably thought eating cheese was an innocent affair, but it turns out you might be inadvertently showing your political cards in this particular tasting experience. Cheese specialist Lisa Hviding is offering a red cheese and a blue cheese to customers at the Park Hyatt in DC as a rough edible poll. We say taste them both to keep them confused. NPR has the story:
Options for Democrats: a blue cheese called Ewe's Blue and a cow's milk cheese from Lazy Lady Farm in Vermont named Barick Obama. (It's aged four to six weeks and has a "soft elastic body," according to the farm's website.) And for Romney supporters: Red Hawk, procured from Cowgirl Creamery, a washed rind cheese that has a reddish-orange tint to its rind.
Nick Chipman's got his finger on the state fair food pulse, and he's betting that fried nacho cheese will reign as supreme new fair food by the end of this year. He's gone so far as to make it himself. Are you intrigued?
It seems like each year at state fairs across the country there's that one food that everyone is talking about. Last year it was deep fried butter. The year before that? A burger that utilized a Krispy Kreme doughnut as a bun. What will next year's big hit be? I'd like to nominate deep fried nacho cheese as an early front runner. I know that initially it may sound a bit ridiculous, but bear with me here.
We weren't in Cardiff this weekend to experience the British Cheese Awards first hand, but the BBC was, and documented some of the show's finest attendees (we're talking cheese, to be clear). With a lineup like this, it's hard to imagine the difficulty of judging this competition. Click here to get a closer look at these wonderful cheeses
Congratulations to Wensleydale Creamery for winning Supreme Champion, and to all the contestants who took home medals!
Cheese Crime™ rears its ugly head once again, taking law enforcement down with it. Several policeman in the Niagara area are now under suspicion for smuggling US cheese across the Canadian border and selling it to pizzerias at an attractive discount. CBCNews has the story:
The alleged scam involves jamming cases of ‘brick’ cheese—used as a common pizza topping—into their vehicles to smuggle across the border. With cheese being as little as a third of the price in the U.S., drivers are making $1,000 to $2,000 a trip, according to numerous sources.
Canada Border Services Agency officials say anyone — officer or civilian — caught smuggling large shipments of cheese into Canada would be in violation of the Customs Act for failing to declare any pay duties on the controlled goods.
The long-anticipated results of the British Cheese Awards have been announced and Real Yorkshire Wensledale Blue took Supreme Champion! Read on for more details, and a list of winners:
The hotly anticipated results of the 19th British Cheese Awards were announced this evening at a sparkling event at the City Hall in Cardiff. On the eve of the Great British Cheese Festival and signalling the beginning of British Cheese Week, the great and the good of cheese making assembled to celebrate the Oscars of the dairy world, and the star of the show was a Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Blue made by Wensleydale Dairy Products, Hawes, Yorkshire.