My Top Eight Types of Cheese

Mild, sharp, Italian, American are traits that portray cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? Single or paired. There are various flavors of cheese, and they each have their best uses. Cheese can have complex characters in which sharpens with the age. Tangy, spicy, bitter are flavors that describe many kinds of cheese. Here are my top eight types of cheese and what they are best used for:

My Top Eight Types of Cheese

Feta Cheese This is a regular cheese in Mediterranean dishes. As for me, I find a reason to add the creamy crumbles to most dishes. I sprinkle it over salads (fruit salad are no exception), use it on sandwiches (Gyros are a no brainer), and broil it with olive oil and drizzle it over steak w/ stewed tomatoes. You can sprinkle it over the top of Greek pizza or pasta. Yum! It’s tangy and moist, and without questions the best ingredient in a meal. Oh, try this with an omelet! If it sounds strange, just try and it will make sense to your taste buds.

Mozzarella This is most commonly used in Italian dishes. Mozzarella being the number one go-to cheese for pizza. You can also eat it scattered with olive oil or have it with tomatoes and basil. This soft cheese has a mild, yet creamy taste with a great texture.

Monterey Jack This cheese has a buttery flavor with a distinct aftertaste. It’s a great melting cheese. Use it in grilled cheese, melted over casseroles, or over chili. Make a cheese dip out of it. Mix it with peppers to create pepper jack cheese; it’s great in quesadillas this way.

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Pimento cheese spread at Empire State South restaurant in Atlanta

Parmigiano This is a hard, dry, crumbly cheese that has a deep caramel and nut flavor with a crunch. It’s used most in Italian dishes. Inseparable with pasta and most salads, it also adds flavor to many Italian soups.

Gouda This does melt well when it’s not aged, but if it’s aged, then it is best spread over salad or used in casseroles. Sandwiches! It can have a mild taste, or be deep and flavorful.

Swiss This cheese is great in sandwiches or grilled cheese. It melts well, so try it in a casserole. There is sweetness to this cheese, but when it hits the back of your mouth, that’s when the sharp and appetizing flavor really bursts. The holes of Swiss cheese occur during the making. They are bubbles which form from the carbon dioxide that is created during the fermenting process.

Cheddar This cheese can be mild in taste to very sharp, depending on how aged it is. The sharp kind is the best! It’s great in salads and eaten with crackers. It melts well, so it’s used often in Mexican dishes like tacos and fajitas. It can be added to casseroles as well. The sharper the cheese, the better the taste you will get out of your macaroni and cheese.

Blue Cheese This cheese has a strong and cooling effect. There’s a reason why spicy hot wings are served with blue cheese dressing. It cuts the heat well when eaten with spicy things. You can also top the cheese with salad. It’s best used closest to its use by date because then it will be at its peak of flavor.

Blue Cheese Powder Blue Cheese Powder

As if we couldn’t get enough of Rogue Creamery’s blues, we absolutely had to stock this versatile topper on our shelves. Made with a blend of three cheeses, including their classic Oregon Blue , it’s a nutty combination of peppery funk and the most incredible creaminess. Shake it up, baby! Tip of the Tongue Seriously, what can’t you shake it on? Hence: We’re keeping this at our desks for instant salad spiking!







I listed the best cheeses (in my humble opinion) in the order I prefer the Fromage. Perhaps you have a different order. Did I miss your favorite? Tell me what it is and how you like to use it. With so many different cheeses out there, I couldn’t possibly name them all. Cheese responsibly!

Pimiento Cheese Kettle Chips Pimiento Cheese Kettle Chips

Oooooh, pimiento cheese. That sharp cheddar, sweet-hot pimiento flavor is like an edible memory of backyard barbecues. Potato chips were probably present in those memories, too how awesome would it be if you could combine the two? That’s clearly what the snack geniuses at Lillie’s Q in Chicago were thinking. Now you can get that same delicious flavor in crispy, kettle chip form. Not too heavy, oily or salty, you could even double down and dip these in actual pimiento cheese. In fact, yes, we highly encourage just that. Tip of the Tongue We don’t think it’s a coincidence that Lillie’s chips are crunchy without being messy, it means they’re perfect for layering into a sandwich like a gooey grilled cheese or creamy tuna fish salad.







Beer Salami Beer Salami

Charcuterie is the practice of transforming meat, with the help of salt, spices, temperature, humidity and time, into something delicious AND long lasting. This dry-cured sausage from Charlito’s Cocina takes its influence from Spain, where Charlito himself spent time with family learning tradition. Charlito’s uses only 100% pasture-raised, heritage-breed pork and hand-harvested fleur de sel. We’re so excited to be offering this newest salami from Charlito’s. Cerveza Seca is cured slowly over time with brown ale fermented by the bottle, allowing the sausage to develop a richer flavor, one that eludes the “hop-iness” commonly associated with beer. Instead, it has a molasses-like, velvety tang, reminiscent of those beer-battered onion rings you can’t stop eating. tip of the tongue The perfect lunch companion to a brie and apple sandwich, or as part of a spread on a cheese and charcuterie board.







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