Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School with Ivanhoe Cheese and #GayLeaFoods

Creamy Ivanhoe Old Sharpe Cheddar and Smoked Monterey Jack cheeses are rolled into flour tortillas, to create these delicious cheese taquitos.

It's almost here! In just one week, both my kiddos will be heading back to school. This year is VERY bittersweet for me. Queenie, my baby, will be heading to grade 1. Which means she will be in school full time. Since our school was one of the last schools to switch to full day kindergarten, Queenie had been going to school on an every other day schedule. Which meant I still had my little girl with me, some days, while Mr. B was at school. I am excited for her to be going into grade 1, but on the other hand, I am wondering what I will do to fill my days, with both children in school. Of course I will continue to help at school, being the lunch and milk program coordinator, as well as helping (hopefully) in Queenie's class. The grade 4 teachers do not require volunteer help in their classrooms, so I am also hoping to help once a week in Queenie's old kindergarten class.

Back to school always brings a bit of anxiety for me. Especially when it comes to packing school lunches. By the end of the school year, my kiddos are BORED stiff with sandwiches. So, when the new school year rolls around (2 months later), I am left racking my brain for fun and exciting school lunch ideas.

When Gay Lea asked us to focus on Ivanhoe Cheese, this month, I was so excited. Hubby, Mr.B and I LOVE cheese and I had never tried Ivanhoe Cheese before. So, off to the store I went, where I perused the specialty cheese case and found the Ivanhoe Cheese. They had 3 selections to choose from- Old Sharpe Cheddar, Smoked Monterey Jack and 3 yr Extra Old Cheddar. I decided to go with the Old Sharpe Cheddar and Smoked Monterey Jack, with the idea of creating some cheese taquitos.

This recipe could not be more simple and delicious! When I opened the Old Sharpe Cheddar, I noticed that it has a soft, almost creamy consistency. I immediately sliced off a piece and reveled in the sharp creamy cheese. It was unlike any cheese I had ever tasted. The Smoked Monterey Jack has an intoxicating smoked aroma and taste, that pairs wonderfully with the slightly bitter cheese. I decided to combine both of these cheeses and wrap them up tightly in a flour tortilla, to create a taquito. It took less than 10 minutes and paired with some salsa, it was a fantastic lunch/snack. Mr B loved them so much, he requested I send some in his lunch, with mild salsa.

Cheese Taquitos
makes 3

1/4 C Ivanhoe Old Sharpe Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/4 C Ivanhoe Smoked Monterey Cheese, grated
3 small flour tortillas
olive oil, or cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Sprinkle each tortilla with equal amounts of Ivanhoe cheese and spread out over entire tortilla. Roll tortillas up tightly and place seam side down onto a baking sheet. Brush each tortilla with a bit of olive oil, or spray with cooking spray. Place in oven for 5-7 minutes, until tops begin to brown. Remove from pan, to a wire rack and cool 2 minutes. Slice in half on a diagonal and serve with salsa.

With this simple base recipe, the possibilities are endless. Spread of thin layer of refried beans to the tortilla before sprinkling with cheese. Add a bit of shredded chicken breast, or crumbled bacon. Add julienne sweet peppers, or a bit of chopped olives and black beans. There is no limit to the variations!


Ivanhoe Cheese is know for their high quality, aged cheddar and specialty cheeses. They are the oldest cheese company in Canada, established as a co-operative in 1870, then owned as a private company by the current owners since 1987, and is part of Gay Lea Foods. Based in Eastern Ontario, Ivanhoe Cheese Company has a reputation for quality and customer service. Their plant is located in Madoc, Ontario and is HACCP, Kosher and Halal certified. 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Rattlebridge Farm said...

This looks delicious. Thanks for adding your recipe to Foodie Friday!

Linda said...

What a great snack for after school without the frying mess! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Rattlebridge Farm Foodie Friday. Linda

Judith Hannemann said...

Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
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HeiLin (Heidy McCallum) said...

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome blog post on our link party we formerly co-hosted for 23 weeks, (The Weekend Social) I just wanted to update you to our new link party #PureBlogLove. It runs every Thursday 8 pm est-Sunday nights at midnight. The other girls are still hosting the former party on their pages so don't forget drop by and visit them as well. I hope to see you this week at our new one.
Have a fantastic night
Heidy L. McCallum