This week’s obsession is that all-American comfort food favorite: the Grilled Cheese. In case you didn’t know it, April is National Grilled Cheese Month and if you’re planning on making a grilled cheese this weekend, grab your iPhone or video camera and take a short video of you preparing your amazing grilled cheese recipe and send it to Tillamook Cheese for a chance to win two tickets to the Grilled Cheese Invitational in LA on April 23rd. Nothing fancy, just you making your grilled cheese – no editing necessary according to the official rules.
Two weekends ago I caught the Tillamook Loaf Love Tour at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa and became a official Master Melter by concocting a yummy, gooey, grilled cheese filled with veggie goodness! Tillamook invited a number of Orange County bloggers to join in the fun and I’ve got to say that the OC bloggers rocked that contest!
Bringing home the Best Overall with his “So Cal Delight” was Mark Howerton, the daddy behind the scenes at Rage Against the Minivan;
Best Teamwork: Shelby Barone,who runs a business and blog at GlitterfulFelt Stories, and her little guy with his “Trees of Love” ; and
Most Creative: yours truly with my “Spring Fever” (a slathering of pesto, with grilled asparagus and sundried tomatoes layered with Tillamook’s award-winning medium cheddar inside and crunchy strips of red bell pepper on top for a bright bit of crunch with every bite
Last year I joined Tillamook’s Loaf Love Tour at at Haven Gastropub in Orange where the always innovative Chef Greg Daniels prepared an amazing four-course dinner inspired by Tillamook cheeses expertly paired with one of their signature cocktails or a selection from their extensive craft beer and wine list. I reread that post and my feelings haven’t changed about Tillamook – they’re still the kind of company that I can get behind and that I wish the U.S. had more of:
Tillamook is the sort of “grass roots” company with core values that I can get behind. Tillamook was founded nearly a century ago and has earned a reputation for producing the best tasting, premium-quality dairy products. They are nationally recognized for their firm commitment to quality and over the years have distinguished themselves as great supporters of local and state dairy organizations and as committed stewards of the environment. Unlike most national brands, Tillamook cheese is made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones - all their suppliers, whether farmer-owners or contract milk suppliers are in compliance certifying that the milk they supply is from cows not supplemented with rBST.
SO, if you think you’ve got the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sammich in ya – give it a shot and enter one of the four categories! Join in the fun with tens of thousands of fellow grill cheese lovers, hopeful master melters, and Grilled Cheese Truck followers – I might see you there