• Cheddar and Bread

    Cheese Journeys for 2015

    This fall, Cheese Journeys, a new dairy-driven travel company based in New York, released their schedule of trips for 2015. There are two trips to England and two to France, and I’m happy to say that I’ll be a part of one of those grand voyages — a week-long junket to Somerset (Cheddar country!) and London. […]

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    Cheese Journeys for 2015

  • Flaming a Peel

    Cocktail Hour at Madame Fromage

    If things on the blog seem a little quiet, it’s because I’ve been busy making Manhattans. And Millionaires. And Stratospheres. I haven’t known quite how to tell you this: my brother, André Darlington, and I are writing a cocktail book. The contract is signed, the deadline looms (November 1)! My refrigerator is all simple syrup and […]

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    Cocktail Hour at Madame Fromage

  • Melville II

    How I Met Melville

    In the summer, I am always on the lookout for mild, soft cheeses to eat with fresh herbs and crackers. Something about that combination sings in my ear. It’s a 4 o’clock thing. I get noshy. I start dreaming of cocktail hour. Mentally, of course, I prepare a cheese plate. And that’s how I met Melville. […]

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    How I Met Melville

Cheesemonger Ian P

How to Talk to a Cheesemonger

Every week, people tell me that they are too intimidated to shop at cheese counters. Because they feel unschooled in the world of dairy, they buy shrink-wrapped wedges from the cold case, carefully avoiding the eyes of the cheesemonger. As one man told me recently, “It’s like dealing with a sommelier. I feel so inadequate!” […]

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Cheese Board Basics Photo

Cheese Board Basics

Readers often email for tips on putting together a cheese board. Here are a few suggestions: Pick a theme. When in doubt, choose a variety of cheeses from different milks – cow, sheep, goat, and if you can find it: water buffalo. You can also put together a cheese board by country (French, Italian, or […]

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Cheese Notebook

On Keeping A Cheese Notebook

“It all comes back,” writes Joan Didion in her famous essay on the subject of writer’s notebooks. It’s true. It does all come back. For almost three years now, I have recorded every nibble, every recommendation overheard at the cheese counter, along with lists of cheeses to try. Bad Axe. Gamonedo. (I have yet to find either.) But […]

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