• Homade Yogurt from Cheryl Sternman Rule's Yogurt Culture Book

    Homemade Yogurt All Summer Long

    Returning from Sicily to Philadelphia’s simmering pot of hot weather has thrown me into a jag of yogurt making. Thanks to Cheryl Sternman Rule’s recent book, Yogurt Culture, I’ve made batch after perfect batch — a feat, since I have tried yogurt recipes in the past with mixed results. Cheryl’s instructions are exacting. And her recipe (below) works […]

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    Homemade Yogurt All Summer Long

  • Cheese at the Market in Catania

    Sicily: A Cheese Lover’s Itinerary

    By now, you know that I am smitten with cheese travel. Of all the places I’ve visited, Sicily ranks #1 in my mind for having the most cheese-enthused citizens. (Sorry, Vermont.) The Sicilians I met during my two week cheese trek in June didn’t just love waxing poetic about their neighbor’s ricotta, they wanted to […]

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    Sicily: A Cheese Lover’s Itinerary

  • Ragusano cheese in Ragusa

    When In Ragusa, Eat Ragusano

    If Sicily has a cheese capital, it must be Ragusa, a baroque town on the southeastern part of the island. Here, my cheese lover, you may experience a thousand diversions, from visiting the beautiful Dipasquale’s Casa del Formaggio (cheese shop) in the heart of town to booking a cheese tasting at CoRFiLaC, a research center devoted to […]

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    When In Ragusa, Eat Ragusano

Blue Cheese with Effies Oatcakes and Strawberry Fig Pate

Cheese Pantry Favorites for Summer 2016

Many moons ago, I promised you a regular pantry series on Madame Fromage. Then I fell into a martini glass and am just now resurrecting myself. Let me share three of my favorite pantry discoveries of the last several months. Effie’s Homeade Oatcakes If you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ve heard me diss on […]

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Mark Twain and Montgomerys

Montgomery’s Cheddar Meets a Scotch Cocktail

Have you ever nibbled a morsel of clothbound cheddar and considered pairing it with a cocktail? Until about a year ago, I used to reach for a nut brown ale or a grapefruit-y IPA. Perfectly acceptable. And delicious. Especially for a ploughman’s lunch. But lo, then I sipped a Mark Twain. A Mark Twain is a cocktail made […]

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Scharfe Maxx and a Sling

A Cheese and Cocktail Love Note

Friends and Loved Ones, as most of you know I have spent the last two years making cocktails for a new book, The New Cocktail Hour (Running Press). Over 400 mixed drinks. In my kitchen. Usually with my brother on Skype, the two of us shaking and stirring in our respective homes (he in Madison, Wisconsin and me […]

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