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National Cheese Day

Today we celebrate everyone's favorite. Cheese!


According to nationaldaycalendar.com, we couldn't determine the exact origins of Cheese, but we know "Cheese is multinational! Every nation in the world has its own variety of cheese. Italy seems to have harnessed the market. They did add it to pizza, and that's pretty amazing.  Savor the opportunity if you ever have the chance to taste cheeses from around the world. For example, hop on over to Greece. They have this dessert called cheesecake. Delicious!


In the United States, a road trip to Wisconsin isn't out of the question for quality and variety. But, they aren't the only place to find outstanding flavor and choice. Local delis have selections of domestic and imported cheeses, and independent shops offer a rotating inventory beckoning us to keep visiting to see what's new."


In honor of today, here are a few ways you can pay homage:

📍Try a domestic or imported Cheese today 

📍Plan a road trip to Wisconsin

📍Try this recipe: BAKED MAC ‘N CHEESE WITH SHRIMP


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 lbs (700 g) medium raw shrimp (25-30 per pound), peeled, deveined, tails removed

  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt, divided

  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground black pepper

  • 6 tbsp (90 mL) butter (3/4 stick), divided

  • 6 tbsp (90 mL) dry sherry, divided

  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) flour

  • 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) milk, divided

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cayenne pepper

  • 8 oz (250 g) uncooked mezzi rigatoni pasta (2 cups/500 mL)

  • 6 oz (175 g) sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups/375 mL)

  • 4 oz (125 mL) fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup/250 mL)

  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) panko bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley


DIRECTIONS


  1. Season shrimp with ¼ tsp (1 mL) of the salt, and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the butter in Rockcrok™ (2.5-qt./2.35-L) Everyday Pan over medium heat 1-2 minutes or until bubbling. Cook shrimp 2-3 minutes or until pink and cooked through, turning once. Stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the sherry; cook 30 seconds. Remove shrimp.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Add remaining butter and flour to Pan; whisk 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Slowly pour in 1 cup (250 mL) of the milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Whisk in remaining milk, mustard, cayenne and remaining ½ tsp (2 mL) salt. Cook, covered, 3-5 minutes or until mixture comes to a simmer, whisking often; remove Pan from heat.

  3. Stir in pasta, 1 cup (250 mL) of the cheddar and fontina. Bake, covered, 30-35 minutes or until pasta is tender, gently stirring once halfway through baking.

  4. Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs, parsley and remaining cheddar in small bowl.

  5. Remove Pan from oven; preheat broiler. Stir in shrimp and remaining sherry; top with bread crumb mixture. Place Pan 2-4 in. (5-10 cm) from heating element. Broil 2-3 minutes or until top is golden brown. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.


Yield: 10  servings


Nutrients per serving:

Calories 390, Total Fat 19 g, Saturated Fat 11 g, Cholesterol 140 mg, Sodium 970 mg, Carbohydrate 29 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 23 g


U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:


2 Starch, 2 1/2 Med-Fat Meat, 1 Fat (2 Carb)

Rockcrok 4 Qt Slow cooker Set #100850

Adjustable Double Grater #100472


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ACTION STEP: Add a seafood twist to this comfort food classic. Pair this great food with champagne, invite your friends and family over and let me know in the comments how it turned out or kick your kitchen up a notch by booking your cooking show here:

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