Local Cheese Lovers’ Guide: Recipes and Tips

By Lisa Freedman | Last Updated September 26, 2014
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Read on to discover top cheese makers, get recipes for cheese-centric dishes, and find answers to questions like why some cheeses melt better than others.

On average, Americans eat more than 30 pounds of cheese a year. Yes, per person. Mozzarella—on pizza, presumably—accounts for more than a third of that consumption. Cheddar comes in next, at 9.6 pounds. Of course, cheesemongers offer so many more options. Cheese making has been around for about 7,000 years, and the varieties’ trendiness comes and goes. Soft, creamy burrata is currently outshining mozzarella, and

Cantalet, an ancient English cheese, is one-upping typical cheddars. Read on to discover top cheese makers, get recipes for cheese-centric dishes, and find answers to questions like why some cheeses melt better than others.

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