Say "Cheese": Bite Into Big Block of Cheese Day with These Gouda Recipes

Get the details on the White House's Big Block of Cheese Day, and find out how you can celebrate with comforting cheesy recipes.
How to Set Up a Cheese Plate

This is a cheese board that's ready for a party.

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

It's no secret that cheese may be the ultimate in comfort food, but at the White House, it's apparently known for its crowd-pleasing properties as well.

In 1837 then-President Andrew Jackson welcomed Americans into the White House for an open house, where he served visitors slices of cheese off a 1,400-pound block of cheddar and invited them to speak about the most-topical issues of the time. For the second year in a row, the Obama administration is paying tribute to President Jackson's approachability by hosting a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day wherein all Americans can discuss the key points heard during President Obama's State of the Union address yesterday. All day today, you can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #AskTheWH; pose questions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr for political figures like the White House Press Secretary and Madam Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as several departments, including the departments of Labor and Transportation.

If you're more inclined to eat a big block of cheese than celebrate its historical significance, however, Food Network has just what you're looking for. From gooey-good hot cheese dips and the easiest-ever macaroni and cheese casseroles to Food Network Magazine's 50 Cheese Appetizers and even a deceiving cheese wheel cake, check out our best-ever ways to get your cheese on all day long.

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Click the play button on the video below for more information on Big Block of Cheese Day, and participate in all the action on social media using #AskTheWH.

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