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Make the Holidays Complete by Romancing the Cheese

Midwest Dairy Council shares cheesy tips for entertaining and gift-giving



With the holiday season upon us, thoughts are centered on entertaining and gift-giving. This year, make the holidays extra special by “Romancing the Cheese.” From gifts to appetizers, dinner and dessert, cheese adds a nutritious, flavorful and elegant touch.  An increasing demand in cheese suggests Americans are falling more “in love” with cheese.  In fact, the average per capita consumption of cheese in the U.S. is projected to grow from 33.5 pounds per year to 36.8 pounds per year between 2012 and 2022. With more than 300 cheeses available in the U.S., it’s easy to find a cheese that meets taste preferences and dietary needs for all family members. 


“Cheese is simple nutrition because it’s packed with essential nutrients including calcium and protein,” says Midwest Dairy Council registered dietitian, Stephanie Cundith. “It’s an easy snack, or in a cinch, can be added to sandwiches and salads for a nutritional boost during the busy holiday season.”


Additionally, with its wide range of flavors and textures, cheese dresses up any appetizer or meal, and makes an elegant gift.  Cheese also pairs well with many types of foods and can play a starring role in dinner and dessert. 


Try these cheesy tips, to help you start your romancing:

  • Liven up a cocktail party by serving a simple Marinated Cheese appetizer.
  • Be the talk of the neighborhood holiday potluck when you bring Four Cheese Pasta.
  • Delight dinner guests with a Potato and Cauliflower Soufflé.
  • End your holiday meal on a sweet note with this Brie with Apricot Chutney.
  • Build a cheese tray to impress. Serve three to five different cheeses with accompaniments such as fresh and dried fruits and olives, roasted nuts, and marinated vegetables.  
  • Give a cheese basket as a hostess or teacher gift. Include several types of cheeses, a small cutting board and a cheese knife.

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