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June 4: Cheesy Creations for National Cheese Day

If you want to track down the history of cheese, you'll have to go back to 6000 BC -to Poland to be precise. This is where the first remnants of cheese-making practices were found.

When it comes to some of our favorite types of cheese, you'll have to set your sights to more recent history. Cheddar and parmesan first came into being in the 16th century, with Camembert following in the late 1700s.

Although this food is immensely popular in European, American, and Middle Eastern circles, it's more rarely used in Asian cuisine.

So, what are some of the trends that surround the consumption of cheese? Well, if you're looking for the amount of cheese the typical American eats per year, that figure stands at 33.5 lbs. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, this statistic is one of the highest on record. When it comes to our preferences, although we're partial to easy cream cheese appetizers, it seems that mozzarella leads the way, in part due to our infatuation with pizza.

Not only are cheese tasty, but it's a great subject for beautiful food photography, just lay them out on a cheese board and they make a beautiful picture. However, you can look to our Dishfolio food bloggers for more creative uses of cheese!

Macaroni and Cheese (1870)

Macaroni and cheese...1870s style!


Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

Lemon Cheesecake Tarts are a quick and easy way to brighten the day!


Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

Love bacon and macaroni & cheese? Well this intuitive yet amazing combination is sure to satisfy even your most intense craving.


Philly Cheesesteaks

This sandwich layers thinly sliced seasoned beef with a rich, creamy provolone cheese sauce and topped with mushrooms, onions and peppers all in a toasted roll.


Sausage & Goat Cheese Meatball Sandwiches

Meatball Sandwiches made with spicy pork sausage, tangy goat cheese and fresh basil


Chucky Potato Cheese Soup

Chunky Potato Soup loaded with bacon, corn and two kinds of cheese, ready in just minutes in the pressure cooker.


Spinach and Cheese Souffle

Spinach and Cheese Souffle a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving table!


Cherry ‘n Cheese Lattice Coffeecake

Lattice Coffeecake filled with cherries and cream cheese


Frito Pie Grilled Cheese

Classic Texas-style Frito pie with chili and jalapenos, adapted into grilled cheese sandwich form.


Grandma’s Stuffed Cheese Rolls

My family has made these stuffed cheese rolls for generations. I'm always asked to make these for parties!


Mini pumpkin quiches w/ 3 types of cheese

Quiches with pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato and Roquefort, Mozzarella and Kashkaval cheese.


Caramelised onion and goat's cheese quiche

A lovely combo of creamy goat's cheese and tangy red onions


Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

seriously addicting spinach and artichoke dip served in a bread bowl


Tomato, cheese and "prosciutto" bruschetta

Slices of tomato, cheese and "prosciutto" in a home-made oven-toasted bread with garlic oil


oreo cake batter cheesecake bars

heaven. in your mouth. a few secret ingredients make this delicious dessert healthier than you may think! {recipe}