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. Michelle Woodman says:

    Well..cheese is just amazing. .I live in New Mexico we have really unique cheeses all special In their own way. My favorites would be muenster love the buttery flavor and Asadero real creamy. Cougar gold Sounds amazing..would love to try..Sharp chedders are perfect when your having a bad day. Slice yourself a chunk and chew your worries away.

  2. I love the cheddar that has horseradish in it! It’s got a nice kick to it!


  3. So there’s this cheese that I randomly bought at the grocery store, just for the heck of it, and OHMYGOSH it’s so good. It’s called the Lechester Cheddar Applewood Smoked Wheel, and it’s got this really smokey, sharp cheddar, super creamy sort of taste. I’m totally obsessed with it. ^_^

  4. I am drooling… wow that looks good!

  5. I love your recipes! I have been following your blog for a while now and I’m sorry you are in a lot of pain. I have had back pain for years, tried different doctors, physical therapy. Nothing worked and I was taking many many pain pills just to get through the day. My husband convinced me to try acupuncture and it is amazing. I don’t know how it works, but it helps so much with pain. It doesn’t hurt either (that is what most people first ask me). It didn’t relieve much pain after the first session, but after about 4 sessions I was pain free. I have seen different acupuncturist, but the best seem to be the ones that learned in China. I hope it can help you. It would at least be worth a try.

  6. my hubby is the sharp cheddar fan… i prefer a more delicate havarti

  7. I love Munster cheese! I just discovered your blog a couple of months ago and love it!! Thanks for the great recipes and for making me laugh!

  8. Oh good golly that mac and cheese looks great! My college makes cheese too. It’s kind of weird, but they have a dairy farm type thing, so they make blue cheese and ice cream, kind of cool.

    And I’m not usually a cheese person, but when I do have mac and cheese I always grab the gruyere. It’s so creamy and delightful :) Oh and I’ve been putting swiss cheese on my turkey sandwiches lately. It’s so good :)

  9. Provolone! I love love provolone. I know quite a few people who would truly enjoy that Mac & cheese.

  10. Angela, Gilley says:

    I had been a long horn, cheddar kind of girl. Now I’m heading down the mature
    Road of blue cheese

  11. How fun you won the Kate Spade! Love that!
    This mac n cheese….well, yes.

  12. I love pepperjack and cougar gold!! :)

  13. THIS is my favorite cheese!! My husband is from Spokane and his parents send us a tin every Christmas. My mom and I fight over it…. :)

  14. I love manchego, havarti, and believe it or not Laughing cow. Cheese is a favorite in my house!

  15. Well how can anyone pick a favorite cheese? I started thinking about this and realized that probably feta is my favorite. But I also have to mention a really great stilton and then of course how can anyone live without cream cheese! I would love to win the Cougar Gold and thanks for the giveaway!!!

  16. I do love a good mac & cheese…my favorite cheese would probably be a jalepeno havarti, or sharp cheddar, or smoked provalone…okay I just love cheese. I will admit it. Can’t wait to try out a new m&c recipe…hopefully my kids will learn soon to apprciate a better mac & cheese than the kind from the blue box…

  17. stephanie says:

    OMG I have been craving a good mac & cheese. I am so spoiled to live near WI so I have this aged WI cheddar that has little salt crystal in it….OMG good.

  18. Sorry to hear about the hand Peabody, but don’t lose hope. There may be better treatment yet, in the mean time – checkout active release therapy to release any sort of nerve entrapment that could be causing the problem.

  19. Audra Blair says:

    Hi Peabody! I hope that someone has a treatment up their sleeve that will work for you and find you some relief from the pain. Beer, I am certain, can only take you so far (in the pain relief department!)

    I was able to visit the Cowgirl Creamery my last visit to San Fancisco and sampled the Blue Moon cheese – and it was spectacular! Always game to try new and exciting cheese flavors. Thank you for the chance!

  20. If you make it south to Texas, there a is terrific acupunturist here… I love him almost as much as mac & cheese!

  21. Pepper Jack cheese is a favorite in our house! Your mac & c heese looks so yummy.

  22. I have to say that I haven’t found a cheese that I don’t like! Colby is one of my favorites and I’ve just started enjoying some of the sharp cheddars, but honestly I like them all!

  23. Alisha Roberts says:

    Where can I find the cougar gold? Is it only sold near Spokane? I would really love to try it. and that Mac n cheese looks Sooo delicious.I really like applewood smoked cheddar.

  24. @Alisha- you can find it on the WSU Creamery Website. They sell it there.

  25. stephanie says:

    Growing up in a greek household (grandmother – 100%) I was exposed to a rather delicious cheese made of sheep or goats milk called mizithra. My favorite dish is orzo pasta, with browned butter, fresh parsley and dripping in mizithra (baked is the best!). It can have a rather salty flavor to it, but infused in the right dishes, it adds a special something. We use it to top off most pasta dishes, along with roasted veggies such as broccollettes and zucchini.

    If you haven’t tried it, I insist you must!

  26. stephanie says:

    @Alisha – Costco has it seasonally also!

  27. I’m in love with Beemster.

  28. Seriously – Cougar Gold is probably my favorite cheese. One of my girlfriends orders it every year and I stalk her until she shares with me. The crystals that develop add such a great texture, it’s absolutely addicting. I always love a good goat cheese too, you can never go wrong there!

  29. I can’t possibly pick a favorite cheese. Havarti? Maybe. Mozzarella is so good and gooey. Pepper jack? Parmesan? Cream cheese – without which there would be no cheesecake? Or ricotta? Good old cheddar?

    I want them all.

  30. I love cheese in any form! Breakfast, lunch dinner, dessert! Good thing I live right next door to Wisconsin!!!!

  31. cheese is social to me- if I’m with my friend WE like gouda. If I’m with my mom WE like havarti. Any kind of cheese is great.

  32. Helen in CA says:

    Favorite cheese? That’s like asking a parent about favorite child.
    I think I’d have to say….my favorite cheese, is the one I’m about to take a nibble of. Cougar Gold sounds intriguing……

  33. My favorite cheese is called Ewephoria – a sheeps milk cheese that is sweet wnd creamy and like candy!

  34. back in the day I worked in the offices at a culinary school (sweet gig, I wish I could still work there). Anyways, they offered a night time cheese class and one week the teacher brought in a weeping goat cheese rolled in ash. OMG I still try to find something close to that and probably never will. It was amazing.

  35. I love cheese, but I actually haven’t tried a huge variety. I always see some at the grocery store I’d like to try, but I’m hesitant to buy them without an idea for how I’d like to use them. I deeply love feta and of course standard sharp cheddar!

  36. Long time lurker, first time commenter. I love reading your blog and trying your recipes! Thanks for all the work that goes into this! I am a cheese fanatic! My oldest attends Humboldt State U in Northern CA and there is a little cheese factory in Loleta. I am in love with their Habenero White Cheddar! It is awesome!

  37. Victoria V says:

    Hmm, I love cheese so much I don’t know if I can pick one kind! ;) I’ll have to go with goat cheese. Yum yum!

  38. I love cheese, so it’s hard to pick just one favorite. Brie on crackers is wonderful. Nothing beats a sharp cheddar in Mac and Cheese. Munster is wonderful when melted and bubbly on top of bread. No, I just can’t choose one.

  39. Hey Peabody, sorry to hear about your hand, hope it doesn’t slow you down too much @ hockey. That looks so yummy but then anything dripping in cheese is going to be delish. Mac n chez is our go to meal when we need comfort food! While we pretty much love any kind of cheese, you will always find a sharp cheddar in our fridge. My husband swears that one day my tombstone will say, “She was part rat!” Lol

    Love your blog.

  40. Courgar Gold…YUM! Right up there has to be any Tillamock cheese. We can finally get it at our Sam’s Club in the Midwest. I used to bring at least one brick back after each visit home.

  41. A better question is what cheese DON’T I like? :) But if I had to choose, I couldn’t, and it would be a toss up between Dubliner Cheddar and Goat Cheese.

  42. Pamela L. says:

    I’m so sorry about you hand pain. I know from experience what that entails… My favorite cheese is Wensleydale, of Wallace & Gromit fame. It’s hard to come by, but worth the trouble…

  43. Kristen DD says:

    My favorite cheese is embarrassingly Velveeta all the way. I truly can’t resist it!

  44. faye dubbs says:

    St. Andre = quadruple cream brie hopped up on crack. I’d give my eyeteeth for a taste of that biznatch.

  45. My favorite cheese is Gourmandise, a soft French cheese with walnuts in it. Sadly (luckily?) I can’t find it near me anymore. When I could find it, I bought some and ate the whole thing. I, and my stomach, loathed myself.

  46. Can’t pass up a good smoked provolone, although a shredded sharp cheddar can’t be beat on the top of a bowl of chili.

  47. Cheddar!!

  48. Cheryl Newton says:

    How can you ask me to pick a favorite cheese? That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. And I only have 2 of those! All right. If i have to pick …. Swiss. Besides being yummy, it has those adorable holes.

  49. My favorite cheeses would have to be a tie between Wensleydale (I also love the name and it reminds me of Wallace & Gromit) and Pecorino al Tartufo (Tuscan Pecorino with bits of Black Truffle). Neither of which I get very often, but they are awesome when you do.

  50. Can there be a favorite kind of cheese??!!! I love too many to name just one, but the stickier the better. I live gruyer, Brie, sharp cheddars, Gorgonzola, blue, havartie, etc. I’m a cheeser for life & my friend is a Mac & cheeser! He lives for the stuff- he’ll probably be burried with it. Lol.

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