April is Grilled Cheese Month!

Photo courtesy of of Thomas J. Storey on myrecipes.com

To keep you on track, I need to announce that April is officially, “National Grilled Cheese Month.” And what do San Franciscan’s crave? The grilled cheese sandwiches from our youth, made on our own sourdough bread, like Boudin.

Boudin has been making sourdough bread in The City since 1849. Here is a brief history:

OK, there is the bread. Next we can add some close-to-home-made-cheese.

In 1976, two friends, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, say they, “took a hippie trip to San Francisco in 1976.” They both were in the food business, one at Chez Panisse and the other at Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley.

In 1990, they opened a grocery store in Point Reyes Station in Marin and started making fresh cheese from the milk from the Strauss Family Creamery.

One day two woman on horseback rode up, hitched their horses to the bike rack and ran into the store for supplies. The name Cowgirl Creamery was born. Fast forward, to date they have sold an estimated 2,000 tons of cheese. Their products can be found in more than 500 outlets, including Whole Food Markets across the county and in San Francisco at the Ferry Building. They also sell online.

Cowgirl Creamery makes more than 200 hundred styles of cheese. Here is a suggestion for the “perfect” grilled cheese sandwich:

Happy Grilled Cheese Month!

Carol