October in Non-GMO Month and I’m super excited to be able to celebrate with CHEESE! I think it’s really important to know what’s in (or not in) your food, so I try to buy organic, all natural and non-GMO foods whenever I can.
GMOs are “genetically modified organisms,” organisms that have been genetically altered through gene splicing. DNA from different species are merged, creating combinations that do not naturally occur in nature. GMOs are engineered with the intention of creating higher yields. It has not yet been proven that the production of GMO’s are meeting these goals, however more and more evidence is leading to the conclusion that GMO’s are creating health problems in humans and livestock and contributing to environmental damage.
Rumiano Cheese Company sent me a bunch of their organic cheeses to try out! Rumiano Cheese Company is the oldest family-owned cheese company in California. In 2011, Rumiano launched their Rumiano Family Organic line, which is the first cheese in the US market to receive Non-GMO Project Verification. They have all kinds of varieties, including the ones I tried– Colby, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella. Their cows are all grass-fed, which is something else I’ve been trying to buy lately. Have you noticed that grass-fed butter and cheese is bright yellow? That’s from all the delicious green grass (=nutrients) that the cows are eating instead of dry old GMO corn, hay or who knows what else.
I shredded the mozzarella and used it on top of pizza. Some of the cheddar was also shredded and piled onto homemade chili. Rumiano’s cheeses are so soft and velvety. I wanted to melt some of it into cheesy bliss, but I couldn’t decide which flavor to use. So I combined three of them, added some of my garden jalapenos, and ended up with this amazing dip!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 jalapenos, minced
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 cup milk
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup monterey jack cheese
- ½ cup colby cheese
- Heat oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add the jalapenos and cook 5 minutes, until slightly softened.
- Add the flour and stir to combine.
- Slowly whisk in the milk, then continue whisking until thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the cheese, stir to melt, then quickly remove from heat.
- Serve immediately with chips or fresh baguette.
Would you like to try some of Rumiano’s organic cheeses? Here’s your chance! Rumiano is giving away 5 cheeses to one winner… enter below! (US only)
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Rumiano Family Organic cheese can be found in select Whole Foods Markets and natural food stores nationwide. Check out their store locator for a complete list.
So tell me… could you live without cheese? Do you try to stick to organic and avoid GMO’s, or throw caution to the wind?
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