A Happy New Year to everyone! And I hope that you haven’t gorged yourself on Christmas cheese such that you can’t bear the sight of it…because it’s Cheese, Please! time again. January is a miserable month. Cold and dark and with no prospect of any festivities to bring light and feasting, it’s a hunker-down-and-wait-it-out sort of month (unless you’re like my neighbour who jets off to Nigeria for three months in which case it’s probably quite toasty).
January requires comfort food, the sort of dishes that warm your cockles and leave you with slightly greasy chops. Cultures of the northern hemisphere abound in such dishes, from après-ski fondue and raclette to macaroni cheese or tartiflette. From risotto and arancini to Welsh rarebit and homity pie, there’s a wealth of cheese-carbo-combos to choose from. Or for a more warming dish, there are cheese-stuffed recipes from Asia (paneer anyone?) to Latin America and its quesadillas, tacos and burritos.
If you can cook up something with cheese to be consumed whilst wearing a slanket in front of a fire and watching All Creatures Great and Small on Yesterday, there’s a place for it in this month’s Cheese, Please! Challenge. Again, it’s a cheese free-for-all but I would encourage you to seek out local cheeses; whether it’s a mozzarella, brie, gouda or gruyère, there are lots of interesting equivalents in the British Isles (I can’t speak for my fellow bloggers in North Korea or Brazil, of course). To paraphrase the Slow Food movement, if we don’t use ‘em, we’ll lose ‘em.
Want to take part in January’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge? Check out the full rules here.
Write a recipe post using the featured cheese/theme of the month and post it on your blog.
A link to these rules and the Cheese, Please! button (code below) should be included in your post.
My Linkytools account is still ‘experiencing technical difficulties’ but if you tweet the link to me @fromhomage or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org then I will pick it up and post a link on this page.
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Entries so far:
Baked Blue Cheese
Individual Mac and Cheese Pot Pies
British Cheese Fondue Night
Pumpkin and Roquefort Risotto
Broccoli, Courgette and Stilton Soup
Sausage and Courgette Carbonara
Comfort Cheese Toastie
Parmesan Butter Tin Biscuits
Cheese and Bacon Muffins
Chicory and Ham Gratin
Peanut, Apple and Cheese Cookies
Emmental Soda Bread
Easy Peasy Meatballs
Lamb and Potato Bake
Cornish Yarg and Cider Fondue
Roast Cauliflower Cheese Soup
Montgomery’s Cheddar Cheese Risotto
Brie En Croute
Spinach and Cottage Cheese Cannelloni
Polenta Fries with Chilli BBQ Ranch Dressing
Spanish-inspired Mac and Cheese
Vegan Cheesy Chickpea Dip with Coconut Bacon
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Roule
Not Quite Poutine Meets Vegemite
Pasta with Ricotta, Zucchini and Parmesan
Italian Cheesecake with Ricotta and Mascarpone
Tartiflette with Broccoli
Roasted Garlic One Pot Macaroni Cheese
A Summer Soup for Winter