June is Dairy Month? Yep, this is the month where we crown the latest "Alice in Dairyland" (no, this is not a joke!).
I did a post about our love of dairy products back in May of '10, but I never got into the insane appetite for cheese. Man, do we love our cheese!
Seriously, most of the time I would rather have a slice of gourmet cheese than dessert. Wisconsin supplies much of the cheese for certain companies that one may assume are French, like President. There is a website called The Cheese and Burger Society (narrated by "Puddy" himself, Patrick Warburton) that highlights the amazing ways to transform a burger with various Wisconsin cheeses. We just do it right, here! They don't call us "The Dairy State" for nothin'! :D
We still have some great little cheese factories around these parts, like Vern's in Chilton, Steve's Cheese in Denmark (a little southeast of Green Bay); and Simon's Cheese in Appleton. It's very heartening to see these factories thrive, even in this economy. In fact, Vern's just opened a beautiful new shop last year. Like I said - we love our cheese!
Check out these beautiful cheese labels - many of these are European but there are a few that are American. It seems to me that 60-70 years ago cheese was not as ubiquitous as it is today. I'm sure fast food (and the restaurant industry as a whole) has helped in that regard - have you noticed that EVERYTHING seems to be smothered in cheese nowadays? Nachos, burgers, salads with shredded cheese, meat stuffed with cheese, cheesy potatoes, mac & cheese, Cheddar biscuits - you get the idea. Oh, and for dessert? Cheesecake! :D
I love this old Kraft recipe book from 1942 - isn't it wonderful? It's illustrated throughout - no photos. This cheese tray illustration caught my eye; just the thing the perfect hostess would serve as an elegant dessert (but it's all Kraft products!). Some of the recipes are better left unseen, though - the "cheese loaf" was especially unappealing. Speaking of Kraft products - aren't these old labels the BEST? :D