Fresh cheese comes in any varieties such as cheddar mozzarella and Swiss among any others adding more flavor to your favorite foods. Can you imagine how pizza would taste without the cheese?  Most kids love cheese too, and one of their favorite foods is macaroni and cheese.  Fresh cheese even complements healthy foods such as vegetables.  A salad, with shredded cheese, has a distinctive taste.  When fresh cheese is added to broccoli, it tastes so good that it is hard to believe that it is good for you.                                                                                                                                                    

Ever since ancient times, people enjoyed eating cheese.  There is archaeological evidence that they made cheese in Egypt 5000 years ago.  In Egyptian tombs, there are murals that depict cheese-making around 2000 BC.  In Ancient Rome, foreign cheeses were the food of the wealthy.  According to Ancient Greek mythology, Aristaeus was the one who discovered cheese.  In Homer’s Odyssey, the Cyclops made cheese.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Europeans brought cheese to the Americas and made it popular in North and South America.  According to the conquistadors, the Inca and other Andean cultures ate llama cheese.  Today South Americans have their own unique cheeses that combine well with their foods.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Today cheese is popular worldwide.  The French use fresh cheese to enhance their recipes.  In fact, there is a French proverb that states that there is a different French cheese for every day of the year.  Maybe one of the secrets of why French cuisine is one of the best in the world is that fresh cheese is one of the secret ingredients.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Before the refrigerator was invented, people used ceramic cheese dishes and cheese bells to prolong the shelf life of cheese.  In 1913, the invention of the refrigerator made cheese last longer than ever before.                                                                                                                                                                       

On January 19th we celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day so remember to add cheese to your favorite dish  Since it is winter fresh cheese is the perfect ingredient to include in any food especially soup to keep us energized and war