boursin cheese feature
Since I haven’t tried a soft cheese yet during my tasting adventure, I picked one up at the store this week. It didn’t have a ridiculous price, and I had never heard of it. Winner! Shallot and Chive Boursin cheese it is. Origins Boursin cheese is a foil-wrapped, cow’s milk, […]

Boursin Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #11

wine barrel smoker feature
The Goal I’ve always wanted a nice smoker. I think everyone should have one. The flavors you can achieve in meat through a long, low-temp smoke are unbeatable. Smokers can take even the cheapest meats and make them tender and flavorful. Sitting outside and drinking beer all day while managing […]

Building a Wine Barrel Smoker – A Detailed Guide

montamore cheese feature pic
After scanning through the gourmet cheese section at the local grocery store, a cheese called Montamoré caught my eye. “Like a new romance, this sweet, creamy, and fruity cheese finishes with a playful bite. Prepare to fall in love.” Man they can write some alluring descriptions on cheese packaging. Montamoré […]

Montamoré Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #10

dubliner cheese feature photo
Origins Dubliner cheese? Never heard of it. All the more reason to try! The packaging says “aged cheese with a distinctive taste and a natural hint of sweetness.” I’m pretty excited about the distinct taste part. This Dubliner cheese is made from grass-fed cows milk and distributed by Kerrygold, an […]

Dubliner Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #9

juusto cheese feature picture
Origins Juusto cheese (pronounced hoosto) is Finnish bread cheese, also called juustoleipä, leipäjuusto, or ostbrod cheese. It is actually baked when it is made which gives the top and bottom a nice caramelized brown color. Originally it was made with reindeer’s milk but now is commonly made with cow’s milk. […]

Juusto Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #8

This week I’m trying Emmentaler cheese, also sometimes called Emmental cheese or Emmenthal cheese. I got this one from Pick ‘n Save. Yup, that’s right. This particular Pick ‘n Save has quite a nice selection of artisan cheeses. I guess that’s kind of expected at grocery stores here in Wisconsin […]

Emmental Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #7

benedictine cheese review - cheese a week #6
Benedictine! That’s the cheese I’m tasting this week. I have no idea what it is and why it has an exclamation point after it. But, it sounds like its got enthusiasm and I like enthusiastic foods. This is another cheese I bought from the famous Brennan’s Market in Brookfield, WI. […]

Benedictine Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #6

This week I’m trying a cheese I never heard of. It’s butterkäse, which literally means “butter cheese” in German. If you want to be fancy you can pronounce it like a German and say “bootakayza.” But, like most other foreign words I know, I’m going to slaughter it and pronounce […]

Butterkäse Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #5

fontina cheese sliced up - featured image
Ok nothing too far off the beaten path this week again…Don’t worry I promise I’ll get into some cheeses you’ve never heard of soon. This week, though, I’m trying a Fontina cheese also made by Weyauwega Star Dairy. This is the same producer as the Baby Swiss I had in […]

Fontina Cheese Review – Cheese a Week #4

are pickles fermented? not these
From when I ate my first pickle up until now, I thought pickles were fermented. Turns out, only some are. Most store-bought, big-brand pickles are not fermented. Instead, these cucumbers are just marinated and stored in a vinegar (and spices) brine. This method of pickling is called fresh-pack. These types […]

Are Pickles Fermented? – The Answer May Surprise You