National Cheese Lovers Day

Jan 20, 2012 at 10:41 a.m. ET

Whether sweet or savory, pungent or mild, cheese is one of the most popular foods in the United States. An incredibly versatile food, cheese can be the star of a dish or an understated accompaniment. The options are endless!

Cheese fondue

Cheese lovers, your day has come! Today is National Cheese Lovers Day. Cheese is a constant presence in most American dishes, from comfort foods to desserts. The versatility of cheese is second to none, and with over 900 varieties available, there is bound to be one cheese recipe that will please every palate.

Commonly made from cow, goat and sheep milks, cheese is a significant source of calcium, protein and minerals. Good for your bones and delicious? Cheese may just be the perfect food, and its popularity is continuously rising. According to a study conducted by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., worldwide cheese consumption is projected to reach 21 million metric tons by 2015. That's a lot of cheese! Try these cheesy recipes from SheKnows.

Stuffed pork chops with apples, walnuts and Gruyere cheese recipe

Increase your cheese consumption with this quick and easy meal.


  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere, chopped
  • 2 pork chops
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

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Fresh ricotta cheese recipe

Yields 1 cup


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

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Rainbow nacho recipe

Serves 6


  • 1 (13 ounce) bag baked blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup homemade chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup red pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh (Roma) tomato
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

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Stove-top mac and cheese
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