Madison Halloween is an international legend. I say international because I’m fairly certain some Japanese tourist were taking pictures of my group costume last year when I was celebrating with friends downtown. If you haven’t heard the tales of Halloween on State Street in Madison,
let me be the first, this is people watching at it’s finest. In fact, look at this crazy group.
Yep, that’s me with the yellow balloons. This was my third Madison Halloween and the first one were I felt quite confident that my costume met the high standard of State Street.
If you’re thinking of celebrating Halloween in Wisconsin’s capital this year, here are some tips for having an awesome Madison Halloween:
Now that you know all about Juusto , you need ideas for how to eat it. Between the suggestions I received from Facebook and Twitter friends to the ideas from the cheesemakers at Pasture Pride Cheese, I have more ideas than I can fit in just one post. So here is a list – you know how I love my top five lists– of ways to enjoy Juusto with minimal cooking. I’ll test out some of the more cooking intensive (but still easy of course) recipes at home and report back in future posts, but for now enjoy these simple preparations. All of these ideas taste best with warmed Juusto- to warm it, place it in a skillet, microwave or oven for a few minutes.
1. Breakfast- Drizzle warmed Juusto with honey, maple syrup, or jam– you get bonus points if your drizzle is made in Wisconsin! Enjoy the Juusto with your morning coffee. Some cheeselovers even dip it in the coffee, yum!
2. Appetizer- Cut the warmed Jalapeno Juusto in to strips and serve with salsa– no one will miss the chips!
3. Pizza Lover’s Delight- Cut warmed Juusto into strips. Dunk the strips in pizza sauce. Kids will love this one, especially with Italian flavored Juusto.
4. Go Vegetarian- This is probably my favorite Juusto tip! Use in the place of meat for a real cheeseburger. Warm up a burger sized hunk of Juusto then put it on a bun with your favorite burger toppings.
5.Go Low-Carb- Take a full piece of Juusto and carefully slice it in half so you have two thin peices that are the same size as the original piece. Use the cheese as your bread- add mustard and ham for a low-carb ham sandwich.
Juusto is a versatile cheese that cheeselovers enjoy as a snack, an appetizer, and even for breakfast. Juusto originated in Finland, but cheesemakers in Wisconsin -the land of all foods awesome and cheesy- make an excellent Juusto as well. Cheesemakers pre-bake slice-like slabs of cheese in an oven until they develop a golden brown color. The sliced shape earned Juusto the nickname bread cheese.
Pasture Pride Dairy in Chaston, Wisconsin produces several flavors of bread cheese including Jalapeno, Chipotle, and Italian. The diary also makes a Juusto variety with goat’s milk which they call – get ready!- Guusto. Whether the milk is from a goat or a cow, you can be sure that your Juusto is made with the best quality milk available. Amish farmers supply Pasture Pride with the finest milk- cow’s milk contains no BGH, and the milk is shipped to the dairy daily for the freshest possible cheese. How do you eat Juusto? Well…I’ll save that for another blog post, but let’s just say, you don’t want to eat this cheese cold. Juusto is made to be warmed until melted and delicious. Check back soon for a post with tips on how to best enjoy Juusto.