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February’s Cheese, Please! Challenge Round-Up – Cheesy Romance

It could be argued that February’s Cheese, Please! Challenge was cheesy in more ways than one. But with Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of the month like a big, glowing red beacon plus Godminster giving me some lovely heart-shaped cheese to give away, it had to be a romantic theme. Normal cynicism will be resumed in March. But without further ado, onto the round-up and the announcement of the lucky winner…
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February’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge – Cheesy Romance

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I do love the Cheese, Please! Challenge. The first month was perhaps a tad underwhelming, with only myself and one other person submitting recipes (and I seem to remember allowing them to cheat). Since then, more than fifty bloggers have submitted their lovely recipes in reward for nothing more than sharing them with others and the occasional tweet from me. But this month, I’m excited to announce that there’s a prize, woo-hoo!
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January’s Cheese, Please! Challenge Round-up – Comfort Food and Winter Warmers

Crikey. January was certainly a month filled with warm, cheesy comfort. So much for the new year as a time of salad and juicing; I was inundated with people sharing their cheesy recipes. Thirty-four to be precise! I hope I haven’t missed anyone and apologies if I’ve misrepresented your recipe or made your photo look wonky in any way – this month’s round-up was a Herculean task. So without further ado – get yourself a comfy chair and a glass of something, you’ll be here for a while – here’s the round-up (and exciting news about February’s Challenge)…
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January’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge – Comfort Food and Winter Warmers

cheese fondue secret supper club

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).
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December’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Round Up – Festive Nibbles

December was a bumper month for Cheese, Please! entries with a veritable panoply of cheesy nibbles that would make any party go with a bang. From popcorn to parcels, palmiers to pastries and truffles to tartlets, people cooked with parmesan, stilton, goat’s cheese, brie, camembert and cheddar – and even with vegan cheese – to make something for everyone at the buffet table.
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December’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Blog Challenge – Festive Nibbles

Over the last few months, my fellow bloggers have risen admirably to the Cheese, Please! Recipe Challenge with a variety of cheeses: cow, sheep and goat; soft and hard; and last month’s smoked cheese extravaganza. I’d had a certain cheese in mind for December for a while; both seasonal and distinctive, Stilton seemed the perfect choice. But then I started to feel a bit bad as one of the stalwarts of Cheese, Please!, who will remain nameless Food Day-Dreaming, is afeared of the blue cheese. Now obviously what I should do is either force-feed her Roquefort until she comes to her senses or else tell her to never darken my blogging doors again with her deranged tastes.
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November’s Cheese, Please! Challenge Recipe Round-up – Smoked Cheese

November was certainly a smokin’ month (arf!) for the Cheese, Please! Challenge, with a record number of entries. It was great to hear about people using smoked cheese who had never cooked with it before – or even eaten it – creating a variety of dishes which paired the cheese with meat, fish, fruit and vegetables in a veritable harvest festival of smoked cheese loveliness.
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November’s Cheese, Please! Challenge – smoked cheese

If you’ve read more than about three of my posts, you might have picked up on the fact that I have a bit of an autumn fetish going on. I love bonfire night and Halloween, piles of leaves and toffee apples and – most of all – the lovely smoky smell of open fires. I love all smoked food too, from cheese to bacon, garlic to paprika. There’s sometimes a bit of snobbery around smoked cheeses, partly because people think that it ruins a good cheese and partly because most available cheeses aren’t smoked over fire these days and are instead flavoured with liquid smoke. But I can’t get enough of it and it seemed like the perfect November cheese, a great pairing for seasonal foods like roasted root vegetables, chestnuts, jacket potatoes, rich stews and peaty whiskey. Throw some logs on the fire and put on your best ridiculous cardigan (extra points for blog posts featuring the ridiculous cardigan.)
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October’s Cheese, Please! Recipe Round Up – Hard Sheep’s Cheese

I was apprehensive about choosing hard sheep’s cheese (think Pecorino, Manchego) as this month’s cheese of choice for the Cheese, Please! Challenge. It’s not a cheese that springs to mind when you think about cooking, except perhaps for pasta. And so it was with some trepidation that I pressed the button and issued the call.
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October’s Cheese, Please! Challenge – Hard Sheep’s Cheese

If last month’s Cheese, Please! Challenge featured probably the most common cheese consumed in the UK, this month is all about a cheese that’s much under-used. I wavered about picking sheep’s milk (or ewe’s milk) cheese for fear of scaring people away but then I figured – what’s a challenge if it’s not a challenge?! And besides, when it comes to devising recipes, these cheeses pair beautifully with seasonal fruits, preserves and nuts; with fig jam, black cherry jam and quince jelly or eaten simply with a slice of pear or apple and a handful of walnuts or almonds.
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