• American Cheese Month at the Cheese Shop

    In the United States, we take pride in many beloved traditions that originated in other countries. Pizza came from Italy. Fancy cars come from Germany, where the highway was invented. Even democracy, and its ideals that we hold so dearly, originated in Athens and is fundamentally rooted in Ancient Grecian philosophies. Nowadays, we call many of these things American. We have Chicago-style pizza, Ford trucks, and American democracy. All of these things are now regarded as quintessentially American and are evidence of our tendency,

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  • The Month of the Goat… Continued!

    This August at the Cheese Shop, we’re celebrating goat cheese! Last time, we talked about the benefits of goat cheese and some popular varieties, but this week I want to tell you about one of my favorite creameries. Mackenzie Creamery is an Ohio-based goat farm located in Hiram, a village to the southeast of Cleveland. Mackenzie Creamery was started by founder Jean Mackenzie, who always had a passion for cheese-making. In 2007, after attending just two cheese-making classes,

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  • Meet Your New Best Friend: The Goat

    During the month of August, the Cheese Shop at Jungle Jim’s is celebrating goat cheese! Many people turn up their nose when it comes to goat cheese, and some seem to think of it as an odd, hipster alternative to the regular old cheese that we’re all used to eating. We’re here to tell you that that’s simply not the case.There are a number of reasons to eat and enjoy goat cheese, so we hope that learning a little bit about it will encourage you to expand your palate and bring something new to your table!

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  • The Unlikely Black Market that Preserved Spanish Cheesemaking

    Spain has lived through the Visigoths, the Moors, and the 700-year Reconquista. They went on to conquer giant swaths of the new world and became the second most-spoken language in the world. But they have a fraught history with cheese. Many people these days take Spanish cheeses for granted, and probably eat Spanish cheeses regularly. Sure, throw a Manchego here on this tray, or a Drunken Goat on this board, but what about the history of these foods?

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  • Easy No-Cook Appetizers to Impress Any Guest This Summer


    Throwing a party can be tough. You want everything to go off without a hitch, and often this means that you get pulled in every direction. Refilling drinks, cleaning up used paper plates, showing guests to the bathroom, it’s a lot to do! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of easy no-cook party foods! These easy dishes are simple enough to come together in 15 minutes (or less), can be prepared ahead of time,

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  • Cheese Shop Expert Picks: Beecher’s New Woman Cheese

    Beecher’s Cheese comes at us from the East AND the West Coast. They’re based out of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, but also have a location in New York’s Flatiron District. They pride themselves on making some really interesting, high-quality, handmade cheeses. Today we’re going to focus on one of my personal favorites from Beecher’s, their New Woman Earthy, Spicy, Cow’s Milk Cheese.


    They’ve added Jamaican Jerk spices to their traditional cheddar which creates a savory cheese that’s earthy,

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  • Cheese Shop Expert Picks: Woodside Cheese Wrights

    This week we’re featuring an Australian-based cheesery known for their high-quality handcrafted goat cheeses. Located in South Australia, Woodside Cheese Wrights products are creamy, consistently flavored, and uniquely delicious! They specialize in making goat, cow, and buffalo milk cheeses, and have been recognized for their unique product packaging. They’ve also won several awards for their cheeses and their currently head cheesemaker, Kris Lloyd, has been the recipient of multiple prestigious honors recognizing her cheese-making expertise.

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  • Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shop: Springtime Sausage Picks

    Hoosier favorite Indianapolis-based butcher shop and meatery? We know what ours is! This week at the Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shop, we’re featuring Indiana’s very own Smoking Goose Meatery.


    Smoking Goose Meatery began as an idea in 2007, when high school sweethearts and lifelong Hoosiers Chris and Mollie Eley opened Goose the Market, a neighborhood butcher shop and specialty food market. Met with great success, they were able to expand their business and open Smoking Goose in 2011.

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  • The Cheese Shop: Zoe’s Salamis

    We have a lot to be excited about at Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shop, but today we’ve decided to feature a product that may surprise you. Not everyone knows this, but Jungle Jim’s Cheese Shop is home to an expansive selection of local and imported charcuterie! So, this week we’ve chosen to spotlight Zoe’s Salamis, a fantastic range of unique, artisan-crafted salamis. Zoe’s was created in 2007 when two salami-loving friends came together to create a company focused on environmental awareness and community,

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  • New In The Jungle: Lusty Monk Mustard – Indulge, Repent, Repeat

    The Cheese Shop isn’t just about cheese, we love it, but we also love everything that pairs with cheese! We’re excited to offer Lusty Monk Mustard from Asheville North Carolina! We have their Original Sin, Altar Boy Honey and Burn In Hell Chipotle Mustards.


    What’s in the name?


    In medieval Europe, there was a widespread belief that mustard was an aphrodisiac. As a result, some monks were forbidden to eat mustard,

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