RED BANK: CHEESE, THAT’S A GREAT IDEA…

thanksgivingcheeseCaitlin O’Neill of Sickles Market suggests some alternatives to the usual Thanksgiving Day pre-eats. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

For the Thanksgiving host, there’s always the question of what snacks to put out for the guests while they wait to sit down to the big meal – something that won’t spoil the appetite but will keep the crowd conscious enough to feign interest in a Lions or Cowboys game.

PieHole checked in with some Red Bank-area cheesemongers to see if they could come up with an alternative to the ubiquitous Chex Mix or chips and veggies with sour cream and onion dip. And cheese, they sure did.

“There are a range of cheeses that would allow you to offset the richness of the Thanksgiving dinner plate,” says Caitlin O’Neill, cheesemonger at Sickles Market, in Little Silver.

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RED BANK: SPREADING “WORD OF CURD”

cheese (3)Cheese Cave customer John Lewer, right, picks up his eponymous sandwich for lunch. Below, owner Stephen Catania. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

cheese (1)October is American Cheese Month. And no: despite the name, it’s not a time to celebrate the dayglow orange plastic-wrapped square that we center onto a buttered Wonder Bread to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Rather, it’s intended to promote artisan cheeses that are made here in America,  Stephen Catania of Red Bank’s Cheese Cave tells redbankgreen‘s PieHole.

With specialty cheese shops promoting  a different cheese every day of the month at a discount, “it’s a way for local merchants to spread the word of curd,” Catania said.

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