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How to eat through America's cheese surplus
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America's got a good problem on its hands: a stockpile of more cheese than it's had in more than 30 years. According to a report from Bloomberg, we've got Europe to thank. Dairy prices in Europe are so cheap right now and production so high that exports to Asia and the Middle East have increased significantly in recent years. They've left sales from the U.S., with its strong dollar, in the dust. Cheese exports from Europe increased 13 percent in the last year, while exports from the U.S. increased only 9 percent.

Not only is the U.S. exporting less cheese, but it's importing more from Europe for precisely the same reason everyone else is: It's cheap.

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So how can you help handle the national stockpile of cheese that we have on our hands? You know where we're going with this . . .

Here are 11 of our best cheesy recipes so that you can do your patriotic duty and chip away at what Bloomberg calls "CheeseMountain."

PS The country also happens to be importing a lot of European butter, too, perfect for your grilled cheeses.

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