The Suitcase Lady


March 24, 2009, 9:48 pm

The big news last week was cheese. A Wisconsin cheese has just been named the finest cheese in the nation at the prestigious U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

The particular cheese that was voted the country’s best was a Parmesan from Antigo, Wisconsin, my husband’s home town. The Antigo cheese beat out 1,359 other entries.

California has been extremely in our collective state faces about having more cows and producing vast quantities of cheese. This prize just goes to show that adding a few cows to your state doesn’t make you great… quality still counts.

It’s no secret that I am an unabashed cheese lover. I manage to incorporate cheese into almost everything I cook. However, I do draw the line at using cheese as an ice cream topping.

Pine River Dairy, a cheese store that features 100 kinds of Wisconsin cheese, is a short drive from our house. The shop is the size of a large walk-in closet. The folks there also make vats of butter in the back room and sell decent size ice cream cones for 25 cents.

I have been spotted leaving Pine River with a shopping bag of cheese and butter over my arm, a cheese stick in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other. I do not feel a twinge of guilt. I am simply doing what every health and environmental expert is telling me to do… eating locally sourced food.

4 Comments for this entry

  • Ann Piehl

    For Christmas we received _The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide_. We’ve learned a lot about local cheesemakers, even in Rich’s hometown of Seymour. Tasty fun!

  • liz levins

    your blogs were temporarily caught in my email spam filter with the title sex. laughed when i saw it in spam.

  • Mary


    I bet you weren’t the only one who didn’t get that particular blog!!!!!!!

  • Carol

    Love the pictures! Thanks for all the entertainment. I, now really look forward to Wednesday mornings.