Cougar town….

My hand has now seen three different people and they all now tell me the same thing…nothing they can do. That surgery will not help and I just get to deal with the fact that my hand will be numb/in pain and be thankful that it’s usually only a few hours a day and not 24/7. Well awesome. Not. It’s a sore subject right now (no pun intended).

In awesome news while I was on vacation I found out that I won Sprinkle Bakes (btw do you own her cookbook yet? SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist You should…it’s $11 on Amazon…how can you not pull the trigger on that!) hosted a giveaway that I could really get behind. I love all things Kate Spade and this had sprinkles on it as well. Squeal. And then I won!!! Double squeal. While I love when people give away mixers and what not I don’t usually enter because I own things like that…this was unique and I love it!

Now that vacation has come and gone I’ve decided I need more vacation. :) I’m trying to wear down my friend again to let us get one of his beach houses that he owns (rough life I know). I’m willing to go off season darn it all. :P

There is a huge rilvary between UW and WSU but almost everyone who lives in this state can agree on the fact that the cheese they make…Cougar Gold is darn tasty. You used to only be able to find it around Christmas time but I seem to be able to find it more. It’s not cheap but it is really freaking good. I have no idea why the university makes cheese I’m just glad they do. It makes for one heck of a mac and cheese. And since I love it SOOO much and you probably can’t get it if you live in the US (and have a physical address, not PO stuff) since winning a prize have decided to pay it forward and send someone a can of Cougar Gold Cheese. All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite kind of cheese in the comments and a way to get a hold of you (aka valid email that you actually check). You have until next Tuesday, February 5th 2013 at 9pm PST to enter.

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  1. OMG! I love Cougar Gold cheese. My daughter goes to WSU and has bought us a can before. SO SO GOOD! I would love to win a can. Great site by the way. :)

  2. Awesome giveaway – that cheese sounds amazing! My favorite cheese is Ewephoria (half because the name is so cute!) – it is a really awesome sheep’s cheese.

  3. Damn this mac and cheese looks good. You know I would love to try it but am not allowed…Shame. That or I’ll just wait for a night when BF isn’t around.
    I realllly expected this post to have something to do with ‘Cougars’ or tacky leopard print or something. >.> Anyway, my favorite cheese is … well damn. That’s a really hard question. I love Havarti Dill with plain crackers, or just sharp cheese to snack on. But I guess it comes down to “Longhorn” makes the best grilled cheese.

  4. Excellent, as always. My current favorite is fontina, although I love a good goat cheese and roasted beet salad.

  5. I’d enter, but I live close and can find Cougar Gold Cheese on my own, so I’ll leave the field open to those who can’t. =)

  6. Mellisa W says:

    It would be like choosing one of my children to be the fave (kiddo you know who you are! ;)). In the sprit I will choose cheddar.

  7. Ooh, cheeeeeese.

    My favorite kind of cheese is probably cheese curds — I remember my mom buying me a bag sometimes when I was little. They’re delicious. :) Though Gruyere is a close second, ’cause that stuff’s awesome.

  8. Nicola M. says:

    Sharp white cheddar, the sharper the better. I also have a love/hate relationship with Brie and can’t pass the opportunity to eat Babybels. Yum.

  9. Good for you:) Love the little pouch..Book is great..I enjoy it..
    This mac looks super too..I made some this week I see many are..It’s Mac weather here:)

    Not in Canada..but had never heard of this cheese..Thanks!

  10. Oooh, cheese! I do love a good chevre, but I honestly haven’t found many cheese I dislike.

  11. I love cheese…do I really have to pick one? I guess I’ll say Brie.

  12. I’m from WI. I love all cheese! I think my favorite is triple creme Brie, but I always try to have sharp cheddar and Parmesan reggiano on hand.

  13. Definitely Trader Joe’s 1000 Day Gouda. Nice and crystalized and has a fantastic flavor! I like all cheese in general, although if it is too stinky, I won’t eat it.

  14. Trader Joe’s combo gruyere/cheddar. It is so darn good in mac and cheese. LOVE it.

  15. Mozzarella. Sorry about your hand; I hope you can find a pain specialist or someone who can help!

  16. Sharp cheddar is the best!

  17. Mmmm…that looks delicious!! The Mac and Cheese…the purse is pretty but not my style, lol.

  18. We are a cheese loving family, but I think my favorite would be sharp cheddar followed closely by havarti with dill :)

  19. Cheese Gromit! Cheese! Oh sorry that’s what happens in our house when we see yummy, cheesy goodness. Let’s see our favorite is actually Manchego we love it aged a year sliced on onion crackers. Yum!

  20. Oh dear……..smoked Gouda…..although, I really shouldn’t. Aged Swiss then!! And the REAL Parmesan, parmigiano reggiano! Making dreamy eyes here!!! If only I had the $….. Just no moldy stuff. I prefer breathing over eating that kind!

  21. i love, love, love smoked gouda. any smoked cheese is up my alley, but gouda definitely wins as my fave. and that mac and cheese looks fantastic, the perfect comfort food for this time of year.

  22. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that no one can do anything about your hand!

  23. Totally missed the blurb about the giveaway! My favorite cheese is sharp white cheddar.

  24. I love extra sharp cheddar. Particularly with a box of buttery crackers to wash it down ;)

  25. I love Beechers Cheese! I got a huge brick for my Christmas Eve dinner and it was yummy.

  26. I love all cheese! A good cheddar, parm, and a nice mozzarella

  27. My parents recently moved to Illinois near the border with Wisconsin. Needless to say my trip up there revolved around CHEESE and touring cheese factories! and breweries of course (: My favorite cheese is a tie between a good sharp white cheddar, and port salut

  28. I love all cheese really. But I might not be able to live without Cabot’s Wicked or Seriously Sharp Cheddar. Oh! And the Habañero Cheddar. Yum!

  29. Cheddar, extra sharp please.

  30. I love all cheese but I love Cougar Gold and have fond memories of getting a can at christmas

  31. Humboldt Fog is current my favorite! But then all cheese I love.

  32. I have never heard heard of that brand cheese. It sounds delicious though. Mostly, I just love cheese
    Sharp cheddar, blue, asiago….

  33. A good sharp white cheddar is a constant treat, but sheep feta is my favorite.
    Also, have you tried acupuncture for your hand? I highly recommend.

  34. My favorite cheese is probalby Tillamook cheddar. Although feta would have to be a close second!

  35. I loooove cheese. My #1 is provolone, preferably aged, smoked or non smoked. I love most cheeses, particuarly Italian and Greek ones. Always a sucker for some good white cheddar though. :)

  36. I have loved just about every cheese I have encountered, but if I had to pick one, it would be Parmesan.
    p.s. I second Randi’s recommendation that you consider acupuncture. I’ve tried it and found it helpful. I was also prescribed herbal teas. The teas were not tasty by any means (and don’t use your good pot to brew it, because I found the smell of the herbs lingered in the pot), but they believe that the tea and acupuncture work together.

  37. Jeanne Lobsinger says:

    Yummy from Texas! Thanks for this recipe. I added some chicken I had thawed and the family went crazy!

    I haven’t been following the hand problems, but five years ago I went through the same thing and it was carpal tunnel. They operated and I was good as new, no problems since. Hope you get some relief.

    Great blog!

  38. I’m sorry to hear about the hand. If you can stand one more suggestion from a well-meaning person who has gone through something similar (years of pain and unusefulness, physical therapy, surgery, etc.), please take a look at Egoscue’s book _Pain Free_. He’s a physiotherapist who works with athletes and other folks with joint and mobility problems and his approach is totally noninvasive and something you can do on your own (big plus!). So when you’re ready to try yet another thing that’s not a doctor, give it a shot. Changed my life.

    Onward to cheese… I have to say I love a good triple-cream brie. Yum!

    Good luck.

  39. Does fried cheese curds from the greasy spoon near my parents’ house in Wisconsin count? So delicious (and so unhealthy) – hands down the best food to get in that small town. Well after the two places that make ice cream and candy, that is.

  40. That is so frustrating about your hand! For all that frustration and pain you deserve another vacation! Oh and I totally want to dive into that pot of mac and cheese in the top picture!

  41. We lived in Pullman for 3 freaking years and I knew about the dairy but never sampled their cheeses! Later I learned what level of stupid that was. As for cheese… Cheddar! Cheddar! Cheddar!

  42. My daughter is a Coug and in her third year and we have tried the cheese and it’s great! Cheddar or Gold would be great.

  43. My favorite cheese is Point Reyes blue cheese. I am a Nor Cal girl. Surprisingly, blue cheese, candied walnuts, poached Pearce and port is a magical combo. Congrats on your win!

  44. Count me out on the giveaway as I can’t eat cheese =(, but my favorite when I could was a ball of fresh burrata! I echo the thought of trying acupuncture for your hand. I just started trying that for crazy foot pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been really surprised by the improvement in my range of motion and the corresponding decrease in shooting pain. Also, I wanted to encourage you to not give up on finding a doctor that can figure out what is going on. Sometimes it takes a lot of perseverance to get to the bottom of things in our medical system.

  45. I love Brie and goat cheese! I’ve never had cougar gold even though I live in the NW but I would love to try it!

  46. That mac and cheese looks amazing! My favorite cheese is Muenster (or, as my kids like to say, “monster”).

  47. Ann Orgel says:

    Shaved parmesan …and a glass of white wine…yum!
    So sorry about your hand, sending healing thoughts.

  48. Hi

    My favorite cheese is Extra-Sharp Cheddar. I would really love to win this just to try the recipe.

  49. favorite? not sure i have one as it depends on the mood/paring. there is a smoked swiss made by a local amish group that i have been enjoying lately and a cheese from ireland – red liechester (sp?)

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  50. My favorite cheese is the cheese curds from the store at WSU. So yummy! Thankfully my sister went to WSU (even though we grew up in a UW house :) ) and was able to bring me some home quite often. This recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try.

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