New Years Appetizer: Cheese Fondue

With New Year’s Eve coming up, I thought I would share my favorite recipe for Fondue. A few years ago, while working with Wisconsin Cheese, I got to tour a few cheese-makers in Wisconsin. One of my favorite stops was touring Rose Kase where they served this amazing Cheese Fondue. What I love about this recipe is that the taste is beyond incredible, and there is no flour or cornstarch used. Enjoy this recipe on New Year’s Eve as an appetizer, and I assure you it will be a hit.

Kentucky Derby Favorite: Cheese Straw Buttons

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When I think of Kentucky Derby, my mind goes straight to Cheese Straws. I love this recipe for Cheese Straw Buttons that is a classic from Southern Living. I prepare mine a little differently by not using a cookie press and using Wisconsin Cheddar cheese. These are really easy and feed a crowd so they’re the perfect snack and appetizer for a party anytime of the year.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

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When I was asked to come up with a unique grilled cheese recipe for the Wisconsin Milk and Marketing Board and their “Grilled Cheese Academy“, I thought, why not take my spring favorite salad and make it a grilled cheese. Caprese Grilled Cheese is the simple combination of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I added avocado to mine. Feel free to use your favorite bread and any other ingredients you like.

Spinach-Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese for “30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni and Cheese

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When I was asked to come up with a recipe for a new twist on Macaroni and Cheese for Wisconsin Cheese and their upcoming “Macaroni Blog” I was so excited. They asked what type of cheese I wanted to use in my recipe, and I quickly said, “Fontina”. Since my three kids love Spinach-Artichoke Dip, I thought I would combine a simple macaroni and cheese recipe with spinach and artichokes making a comforting, creamy dish.

Here’s how: Start by boiling the noodles. Combine half-and-half, milk, flour, sea salt and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichokes and Fontina. Pour in a lightly greased 13-x 9-inch baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter.  Bake in the oven and that’s it. This recipe is wonderful for a main or side dish. My kids loved it, and I think you will too!

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Holiday or Anytime 15 Minute Appetizer: Cheddar-Maple and Pecan Log

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Today, I am in Madison Wisconsin for a Wisconsin Cheese Media tour. I get to tour about 8 different cheesemakers around the area while tasting fabulous cheeses, attending a Fondue lunch as well as an award winning Cheese and Beer Pairing reception. I thought I would feature a simple cheese appetizer that my family loves in honor of the amazing Wisconsin Cheese. It’s so easy and wonderful for this time of year or as the holidays near (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas), and my kids love it!

Also, I will also be featured on NBC 13 Daytime Alabama at 11:30 a.m on Thursday cooking a simple Slider recipes so check it out. I know-busy week.