The 2008 National Grilled Cheese Month Campaign has concluded at Clementine, and the incumbent, Philly Cheese Steak, has won the general election to become the next Commander in Cheese. Garnering 36% of the vote in a field of five candidates, Philly Cheese Steak scored a convincing victory. Some would say a it's a mandate to put Philly Cheese Steak on the regular menu. Therefore Philly Cheese Steak has been officially inaugurated to the Clementine menu, and will begin building it's cabinet of other sandwiches in the coming days. In its address to the grilled-cheese-eating nation, Philly Cheese Steak paid tribute to it's roots in the birthplace of American democracy and vowed to devote it's first 100 days to passing lecheeselation to provide permanent protections for the melting class.


EXIT POLL: Which of the following issues was most important to you when deciding which sandwich candidate to vote for?

Monday, April 28, 2008

APRIL 28-30


Your votes have been counted and the top four sandwich nominees from four weeks of Grilled Cheese Primaries are on the ballot and the menu for these last three days in April - or as we like to call them - Super Cheesedays. It's now time for our general election, to choose our Commander in Cheese. Isn’t it nice to have so many good candidates to choose from?


42 - WHITE CHEDDAR with roasted turkey, bacon and chutney on whole-grain bread [gobble gobble party]

47 - GRILLED TORTA with cooked ham, cheese, roasted tomato mayo, grilled jalapenos, avocado and lettuce on pan especial [Partido de la Revolución Queseosa]

51 - PHILLY CHEESE STEAK ribeye steak grilled with onions, peppers and jalapenos topped with American and Provolone cheeses on a Freedom roll [guilty party]

59 - QUESADILLA WITH BRIE roasted poblanos and ripe mango, served with smoky salsa [independent party]

61 - SPANISH GRILLED CHEESE with queso Mahón, roasted sweet peppers and pimenton [nominated by superdelegates]

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Week 4 Primary Results

Quesadilla with brie, roasted poblanos and ripe mango, served with smoky salsa independent party) 21%

Cobb Sandwich with havarti, blue cheese, chicken, bacon, avocado, and roasted tomato mayo on country white bread (establishment party) 20%

Roasted Asparagus grilled with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and basil on olive bread (green party) 18%

Meaty Chili and Cheddar zesty beef chili grilled together with sharp cheddar on country white bread (sloppy party) 15%

Aged Provolone with artichokes, olives, garlic, and chili flakes on panini bread (aged party)12%Write-In Candidates (various) 14%

Monday, April 21, 2008

Week 3 Primary Results

Philly Cheese Steak ribeye steak grilled with onions, peppers and jalapenos topped with American and Provolone cheeses on a Freedom roll (guilty party) 34%

Panino Delizioso fontina, salame, ham, roasted tomatoes, olives and basil on Clementine panini bread (Unione dei Formaggi) 12%

Gouda and Mushrooms with pickled onions and dijon mustard on whole-grain bread (fungi party) 12%

Gruyere with Creamed Spinach and Bacon on country wheat bread (green party) 12%

Chorizo con Queso Spanish dry-cured sausage with havarti and pickled jalapenos on country white bread (Partido Quesoista) 9%

Write-In Candidates (various) 21%

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Week 2 Primary Results

Grilled Torta with cooked ham, cheese, roasted tomato mayo, and grilled jalapenos on pan especial (Partido de la Revolucion Queseosa) 24%

Bratwurst Rueben with gruyere, sauerkraut, 10,000 lakes dressing and dijon mustard on seeded rye bread (Schweinundkalbfleisch party) 17%

Monterey Jack with Roast Beef, bacon and horsradish mayo on multigrain bread (it's what's for dinner party) 16%

Havarti with Braised Leeks and whole grain mustard on multigrain bread (fancy party) 13%

Pimento Cheese with roasted sweet peppers and jalapenos on country white bread (tasty party) 9%

Write-In Candidates (various) 21%

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Our issue this Thursday: The Defense of Grilled Cheese Sandwich Act.

With us today are Doris Curds Goodwin, whose latest book is Cream of Rivals: Cow, Sheep, Goat and What Went by the Whey-Side; Carl Holstein of the Washed Rind Post, who famously exposed the Ricottagate scandal; and Bob Cojack, of the Manchego-Fun Times.

Host: Welcome everyone. When eaters go to the polls during National Grilled Cheese Month, they will not only vote for and eat their favorite sandwiches, they will also consider a number of ballot initiatives. One of the most controversial of these partisan cheese measures is the Defense of Grilled Cheese Sandwich Act, which seeks to amend the U.S. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Code to quote "make explicit what has been understood under federal grilled cheese law for over 200 years; that a grilled cheese sandwich is the union of two slices of bread with cheese." end quote. Doris Curds Goodwin, why has this measure generated such a firestorm?

Doris Curds Goodwin: Well, on the one hand you have the so-called Delicious Right, which refuses to concede that a grilled cheese sandwich can take any form other than the most traditional. A tuna melt is fine, as long as it has two slices of bread, and doesn't flaunt it's filling the way that the open-faced under-the-broiler version tends to do. And on the other side you have the Queso Ecumenicals, who are adamant about protecting alternative grilled cheesestyles.

Carl Holstein: Doris is right, this has really become a wedge issue, with each side accusing the other of trying to legislate deliciousness. And now you have Rush Limburger exorting his listeners to cross over and vote for the Quesadilla in the primary, believing that a Quesadilla win will galvanize grilled cheese conservatives to support the straight American/White-Bread ticket in the general election.

Bob Cojack: Well there are many people in this country who object to what they view as an assault on their most basic grilled cheese traditions. I think there is a legitimate fear that these curd-carrying members of the American Cheddar Liberties Union will try to replace the traditional American on White with Fontina, shiitake mushrooms and salsa verde. Then before you know it, no more tomato soup - we'll be dipping our tartines in vichysoisse!

DCG: But Bob, don't you find it a bit hypocritical that the very same grilled cheese fundamentalists who oppose alternate "sandwich" forms, seem have no problem accepting (and consuming) unorthodox cheese unions like Cambazola and Cheddarella? Indeed you yourself, Mr. Co-jack, have been the beneficiary of this acceptance, have you not? Why would you deny the same legitimacy to all grilled cheese formats?

Host: Before things get too personal, let's take a break and eat some grilled cheese while we still can...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Week 1 Primary Results

White Cheddar with roast turkey, bacon and chutney on whole-grain bread (gobble gobble party) 23%

Mozzarella with Fennel Sausage and oven-dried tomatoes on roasted garlic bread (pork party) 23%

French Onion Grilled Cheese with brisket and dipping jus on crusty bread (fromage liberation party) 17%

Cheddar with Ham, chopped olives, mustard, and pickles on english muffin bread (nooks and crannies party) 12%

Fontina with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms, red onions and basil oil on whole grain bread (fungi party) 10%

Write-In Candidates (various): 15%

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Quotes from the Campaign Trail

-"I've grilled Vermont Cheddar, I've eaten Vermont Cheddar, Vermont Cheddar is a favorite of mine. Mr. Kraft Single, you are no Vermont Cheddar."

-"I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience."

-"Today in America, there are two Americans: One American that does the
melting, another that does the congealing. One American that comes in a jar or a shelf-stable loaf, another American that comes in individually formed and wrapped slices. One American that is struggling to melt, and one that can melt whenever it wants, even in a casserole, or a dip."

-"I have not had cheesy relations with that woman, Ms.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Rally at Campaign Headquarters

Cooks and supporters rally at campaign headquarters on the eve of Grilled Cheese Month.

Cheesy Cooks Dedicated to the Cause.

Andrea - protecting your right to cheese.

Nothing comes between Alfonso and his cheese.

Chief Soup Strategist, Crystal [left] with Cheese Booster Meg [right] and 40-pound block of cheddar [center].


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 National Grilled Cheese Month Campaign

The campaign is heating up, and so are the panini grills. Early polls indicate that this might be a coronation for Philly Cheese Steak, but it appears later in the race, which may give other candidates a chance to gain a moldhold.

Some of the candidates competing in the Week 1 Primary have some type of scandal or blunder to overcome. French Onion has been grilled repeatedly regarding its close ties with Tom DeChevre, the former chairman of the House Wheys and Creams Committee who was recently brought up on federal raclette-ering charges. And Fontina with Roasted Shiitakes has been widely criticized for its infamous "Mushroom Accomplished" speech. But, as melted cheese strategist James Coverdale once said, "It's the flavor, stupid," and it is clear that on that score, all of the candidates are more than qualified.

Roasted Asparagus, the 3-term incumbent, has an uphill battle this year; victory will hinge on a large vegetarian turnout. Pimento Cheese hopes to get a bump from Southern voters. And while Monterey Jack and Roast Beef is expected to have broad support among male voters, many question whether its flavors will appeal to the so-called "MASCARpone dads."

There are critics who argue that this whole election, this National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, is contrived by the cheese lobby. But even if that were true, so what? Even the most conservative sandwich eaters can't really put forth a reasoned objection to melted cheese paired with bread and a liberal dose of butter.