Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cheese of the Month Challenge

I’ve always been a big fan of cheese and so has my family. My parents (as well as I) have a whole draw in the fridge dedicated to cheeses and not just the “normal” stuff either. I have fond memories of going to this special store and getting to sample all the different kinds of cheeses. My dad always encouraged me to try new foods and experiment with different ingredients. Sometimes you like what you try and sometimes you don’t. It’s all about the experience.

So I’ve decided to start a Cheese of the Month Challenge. On the FIRST day of each month, I’m going to pick a cheese and by the end of the month I’m going to make some sort of dish with it. The purpose is to experiment with something that you wouldn’t normally make. Anyone is welcome to join me. Here are the rules:

1. Check my blog, Adventures in Gluttony, on the FIRST of every month to see what cheese I chose.
2. Everyone will use the Cheese of the Month Cheese in either a recipe they make up or one they find. They can be simple or advanced. The dishes can be anything your little heart desires.
3. You have the ENTIRE month to make something. By the LAST day of the end of the month post on YOUR blog the recipe, a picture (if possible), and a summary of how it went and if you liked it. If you chose to use a recipe that isn’t your own make sure to include where the recipe came from. If you DON'T have a blog send me an e-mail instead.
4. Send me either an e-mail with the recipe you tried and a short summary of your experience OR an email with the link to your blog by no later than the LAST day of each month and I will post the links on my blog so that everyone can see how everyone else did. My email is:

You can make more than one dish if you like. Just make sure to indicate that to me in your email. If your recipe doesn’t turn out post it on your blog anyways. Just make sure to explain why you didn’t like the dish and/or what went wrong. Make sure to share your dish with your friends and family and get their reactions.

Don’t feel obligated to participate EVERY month. Don’t get me wrong, that would be ideal and kind of the whole point of the challenge…but I understand that sometimes life keeps you busy. But PLEASE don’t skip a month because you don’t like the cheese chosen. This will be your change to challenge yourself to try and find a recipe that makes that cheese taste great! For instance, I’ve tried Brie cheese TWICE on two different occasions. The first time was plain and on a cracker. The second was flavored and I just popped it in. I hated it both times. It made me gag. However, I am not giving up!!! One of these months I’m going to use Brie and find a recipe that I like. At the very least I’ll make the Brie dish for my friends and family…they might actually LIKE it!

I’m really excited about this and I hope to get as many people as possible to participate. It will be a neat way to collect some delicious recipes and try new things.

If you have any questions or comments please email me at: