4.25.2011

his + hers: a curd survey



Before getting to the heart of this post: my cheese curd survey, I just wanted to say Hey and Happy Easter Monday. Are you back at work or do you get one extra day off (today) like me and my fellow Stoutians? It is so refreshing to take a break like the one I am finishing (from the blog and from homework) and get back on track, which includes finishing mountains of laundry, cleaning the inside of our microwave, and completing a research project plan.
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Now, I wasn't originally going to have my second his + hers post be about anything food related (again) but this topic fell into my lap. Yesterday morning we went to our church brunch before the service. The typical foods were all there: pancakes, french toast, fruit, muffins, eggs...and cheese curds. For this raised-in-Minnesota-girl, the bowl of curds on the table threw me off. That's when I made a statement to Chad (who had curds on his plate): "People in Wisconsin love cheese curds. If you're not from Wisconsin, you don't like cheese curds."

These few words sparked an afternoon of surveying family members from both sides of the Wisconsin/non-Wisconsin camps. After getting support on my side from my parents (both not from Wisconsin) Chad said "Having 3 people agree with you isn't a very large poll" and he was right. I need a larger audience.

So I'm opening this innocent, not-professional-by-any-means survey up to you, hoping your answers will support this hypothesis. All you have to do is answer these questions in the comments section:  

1) What state are you from? (Or country for those of you not in the States)
2) Do you like cheese curds?

I'll even make it a little fun....I'll pick one person randomly at the end of the week and send them a little prize just for playing! :) 

25 comments:

Laura said...

MN
...enh...not so much.

Totally bizarre that they were at Easter brunch.

Meri said...

I'm a MN girl
Tried cheese curds once. Meh.I'd rather gave some blue cheese on some veggies?
Wisconsoners do seem passionate about their cheese curds, though, from my experience

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I'm from Canada. Victoria, British Columbia to be exact. I love me so cheese curds! Perhaps it's all that yummy poutine I consumed the summer I lived in Quebec?

Nicole said...

I'm from Massachusetts.

Yum Yum. I love cheese curds!

Philip said...

Nebraska and LOVE cheese curds.

My wife, born in North Carolina but raised in South Carolina since she was 2 only took one bite and fell in love with the squeaky goodness. We take a cooler with us every trip up north until we discovered the South Carolina farmers market had them. Mmm...so good. :)

grey_flannel said...

Not a fan unless they're fried!
Totally unhealthy I know ;)

amy b.s. said...

from montana and i'd have to say i like them only on occasion. you just have to be in the right mood for that texture!

Anonymous said...

WI. Totally love cheese curds. Dang. Now I want cheese curds....

JSchaller said...

So I'm from North Dakota, but spent the majority of 10 years (1/3 of my life!) in WI, so does that throw the poll?? I have to say I LOVE and MISS cheese curds, and my lovely husband always brings some back for me after he visits the Dairyland without me. (When I'm there I can take care of quickly finding them myself!)

I've never found satisfactory cheese curds in the Seattle area. :( Dang, now I want cheese curds . . . !

Tori said...

I'm from Wisconsin and I wouldn't pass up a cheese curd if you paid me. (But I agree, that's not something I'd associate with Easter brunch.)

Jill said...

Well, I grew up in Michigan and never had a cheese curd until I moved to Wisconsin. And I totally love them. I now feel like Easter brunch isn't quite complete without the squeaky goodness!

Shannon said...

Whatever it is, I want it in my belly right NOW! Cheese anything can do no wrong in my book. Except cottage cheese, that's gross. Oh and I'm in PA :)

Jamie said...

I'm from Utah

I (and my entire family for that matter) LOVE cheese curd. But we are picky about it - only want it if we can buy it straight from the plant so it is fresh and super squeeky (which is why we call it squeeky cheese.)

Anonymous said...

I'm originally from MN . . . have lived in WI for 21 years. LOVE cheese curds!! We have had them at our Easter brunch every year I have gone to it.

Nic said...

From Chicago, IL but have lived in WI for a long time and I say I don't love them or seek them out but I'll eat them. We were at the Madison Farmer's Market on Saturday and I didn't 'try' any or take any home. I just tried regular cheese from the different vendors. So basically I would rather have regular cheese (and I am a cheese lover!!) than cheese curds. And they were not at the brunch that I went to yesterday! ;)

Jennifer said...

Nebraska -- love me a cheese curd!! Probably one of my favorite parts about the Dane County Farmer's Market!!

Claire Kiefer said...

I'm from Georgia and am repulsed by the word "curd." Not sure I've ever had straight-up cheese curds (though I suppose cottage cheese is technically cheese curds), but would have definitely passed them by at the buffet.

Alli said...

VA and not so much. I'm with Claire Kiefer though. Just the word alone would stop me in my track.

Meghan said...

Hahahaha. This is incredible!

I am from IL, and I love cheese curds!

Kiersten said...

I'm from Pennsylvania - and I can't say I've ever had a cheese curd, because the idea of it just sounds unappetizing to me.. So I guess that means that technically I don't like them.

<3 Kiersten

Michelle said...

I'm from PA, and I'd never had cheese curds until a trip to Westport, Canada with my boyfriend's family. Like a few others, the word curd alone was enough to turn me away but I thought the pairing with the word "cheese" at least warranted a taste.

Ehhhh...squeaky is not a word I want to associate with my food. "I don't hate it..." (My assessment of most foods my bf with a more adventurous palette has me try.) But can't say I'd eat them again if there were other options!

Jackie said...

From Colorado...never even herd of a cheese curd until I came to WI almost 9 years ago. I thought they looked/sounded totally disgusting, especially when one time someone was eating them in front of me, and making me listen for the 'squeak', saying that's how you could tell they were fresh-if they squeaked! Eww! Then about 2 years ago I finally tried one and loved them! One of my favorite snacks now. I guess I really am turning into a true 'cheesehead'! ;)

Hannah said...

As you probably know, I'm from MN.

Down with cheesecurds!

There...now I officially responded.

Eden said...

MN girl.
i LOVE cheese curds. fav part of the state fair by far.

kimbirdy said...

haha! this is hilarious and awesome because...
1. i was born in wisconsin.
2. i love cheese curds!

i spent many years growing up in tennessee & maine, and now am a total california girl, and i've been consistently shocked at how many people in these other parts of the country replied with either "what are cheese curds?" or "i've never had cheese curds." every year, after visiting family in wisconsin, i would pack up as many cheese curds as i could with ice and transport it back to my friends. the only responses i remember getting was along the lines of "huh, they're squeaky..."

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