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carolinacheesefestThe WNC Cheese Trail will host the second annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville NC from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  The family-friendly festival includes hands-on activities for kids and adults, demonstrations, cheese and beer pairings, workshops, vendors and cheesemakers.  The first annual festival held in 2016 attracted over 1700 attendees.  

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Making Cheese CurdsIf cheese is at the top of your ‘favorite food list’, then you must carefully (and I mean, thoroughly) read this article. Cheese curd is yet another variety to the ever growing number of cheese by-products. But before tasting this delectable food, let us first know how it came to be and why it’s here to stay.

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cheesesurveyWhat do you do with cheese? Put it on a burger! Today is your day for this great treat. See the infographic below.

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moldy cheese

Some varieties of blue veined moldy cheese are protected by their country of origin and may only be called by those names if they actually originate from those countries; some examples of those are Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Stilton.

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wine cheese pairing corkA wine and cheese party can be a fun way to relax and make new friends. It’s also a great way to lower your blood pressure. Cheese and wine parties are great for large get-togethers. Make it lots of fun by having every guest bring a bottle of wine and an exotic cheese. It’s a fantastic way to try new wines and cheeses … and a perfect conversation starter. A cheese and wine party is also the perfect way to relax … both yourself and your arteries. Wine is good for lowering blood pressure … and so is cheese.

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Bacon Grilled Cheese SandwichGrilled cheese has been a popular lunch choice for generations, and the variations on this simple sandwich abound, depending on where you are in the world. While American or cheddar cheese are the popular choice for this treat in the United States, some parts of Europe prefer Swiss or Gouda cheese to fill their bread slices.

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Beer-cheese-1As small, local artisan creameries across the country continue to gain popularity, many cheese lovers are looking to these small shops for the hottest new trends in culinary delights (not to mention the least expected). That’s what makes cheese and beer pairings such a novel and fun concept.

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20151025_125138.jpgThe all American classic comfort food - Mac and Cheese is a great option for cooler weather. My wife found two great recipes that she combined to create the ultimate high end mac and cheese dinner including four different cheeses ... and a fifth in the topping.

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WNC_Cheese_Trail.jpgTo kick off our coverage of the 'other addiction' we want to share something we only recently discovered. We already know about the various Wine Trails across the US and around the world. And of course the Bourbon Trail (the official one in Kentucky and the non-official ones in the US. Of course there are embibement trails for various wonderful foods and drinks in various parts of the world. But this one is a Cheese Trail. It's officially known as the WNC Cheese Trail - or the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. What makes it special to us is that it's right in our back yard, making it easily accessible (for us anyhow). 

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Cheese-Deli14Legend has it that an unknown Arab nomad accidentally discovered cheese. He embarked upon a horseback journey across the desert filled with a saddlebag of milk. When he stopped to rest, the milk had separated into curds and whey. The logical explanation to this occurrence is the functioning of rennin. The bacteria were present in the saddlebag, which was made from the stomach of a young animal.