Where have I been?

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I knew it had been awhile since I have posted anything. The blog has taken a back burner to retail, working crazy hours during the holidays, working crazy hours post holidays, being in school again, and of course, GrubHub. However, having just popped on the site, I did not realize it’s been three months!

To prove I’m still cooking, but doing more eating than writing, some highlights from my Instagram account and my phone in general. You can follow me at @greekgrl927 and/or search #accidentalchef

  
Bucatini with Sausage and Ricotta

  
Salted Pretzel Toffee Bark

  
Omelet I made at work testing out new products

  
Risotto I made at with that is making me itch for a pressure cooker, if only for risotto…

  
Carb overload. Cod with a lemon butter cracker crust and Greek lemon potatoes

  
Deep Dish Pizza love continues 

  
Beer and Cheese Soup with a Pretzel Bun

  
S’mores Mix

Cheese Addiction courtesy of Maywood Marketplace

ImageOkay, so Maywood Marketplace is not to blame, I have been addicted to and cheese has been my favorite food for years. I usually have at least six different types of cheeses in my fridge at any given time. This is particularly excessive as I live alone and am not home nearly enough to be able to consume all this cheese.

Earlier today I went to one of my favorite local grocery stores, the aforementioned Maywood Marketplace. They have amazing prepared foods, a huge produce selection, super fresh bakery items, and an impressive cheese selection complete with endless samples. It is my crack. I feel guilty from sampling and I cannot leave there without a minimum of three cheeses in my basket (so well done making me the target audience in terms of passive aggressive sampling as a selling technique).

Now I have not consumed all the cheese that is already in my fridge, and between a trip to Trader Joe’s yesterday and the marketplace today, I am overstocked. I really need to stop food shopping after the gym…

In any case, I just took an inventory of what is in my fridge. I need to either have a party or do some serious cooking this weekend. Here’s what I found:

  1. American
  2. Swiss
  3. Gouda
  4. Old Amsterdam
  5. Sharp Havarti
  6. Extra Sharp Provolone
  7. Cream Cheese
  8. Parmigiano Reggiano
  9. Grated Parmesan
  10. Ricotta
  11. Italian 4-cheese blend
  12. Manchego
  13. Ricotta Salata
  14. Herbed Goat Cheese
  15. Goat Cheese crumbles

I am probably missing something in there…so now I’m thinking of what to make. Cheese straws, mac and cheese, fondue, cheese crisps, nachos, grilled cheese all come to mind….what are some of your favorite cheese recipes?