Mother’s Day Made Easy with Wisconsin Cheese

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With springtime comes warmer weather, longer days and a season of celebrations with friends and family.

From Mother’s Day Brunch to showers and graduations, our cheeseboards, entrées and appetizers will be the star attraction of any occasion.

Take your mom out with more than 100 cheesemaking companies calling Wisconsin home, there’s plenty of great cheese to choose from. Take advantage of the warmer weather and beautiful spring colors by driving to a local cheese company in your area. Wisconsin is home to over 1,200 licensed cheesemakers who produce over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese. Pack your cooler; you will need it to haul home all your favorite cheese!

Be a Mother’s Day “Maker” - Nothing melts a mother’s heart like homemade treats for Mother’s Day. This spring, treat your mom to delicious appetizers made with Wisconsin Cheese that are easy for both little and big kids to make!

Strawberry-Gouda Flowers
• These Strawberry Gouda flowers are a perfect party appetizer.
• Gouda cheese originated in Holland. Made with whole milk, gouda is a great melting cheese. It has a smooth, creamy texture and buttery, slightly sweet-nutty flavor.
• Little hands can help cut out the flowers, add strawberry preserves and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
• Watch this video for Strawberry Gouda Flowers: click here!
• Cheese Monger Tip: Place puff pastry scraps in a sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for up to 1 day, or refreeze for up to 2 weeks. Place pastry scraps in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking pan. Brush with lightly beaten egg; sprinkle with shredded gouda. Bake at 400˚F for 10-12 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Top salads and soups with gouda bites.

Shrimp Tostados with Queso Fresco.
• The fresh milky flavors of Hispanic-style cheese varieties make them an ideal choice for spring entertaining.
• Serve up these tostados with a round of cold margaritas or craft beer out on the deck in the fresh spring sunshine.
• Little hands can help mush the avocado and top the tostados with avocado, Queso Fresco and other garnishes.
• Wisconsin is one of the leading producers of authentically crafted Hispanic cheese. In fact, 32% of our nation’s Hispanic cheese comes from America’s Dairyland.
• Queso fresco is a fresh and moist cheese with a mild flavor and crumbly texture. It doesn’t melt when heated but softens to creamy goodness.
• Queso fresco is slightly tangy with a perfect blend of sweet and savory.
• Fresh cheese so use within two weeks of purchase for best flavor and texture
• So many Mexican dishes are enhanced with creamy, mild queso fresco. Use it as a filling for chile relleños and quesadillas or as a topper for enchiladas, tamales and black bean and tortilla soup. If you want to enjoy it fresh and not cooked, crumble and toss it into greens or a fruit salad.

For more delicious recipes and ideas for cooking with Wisconsin cheese, visit wisconsincheese.com.