• A Seasonal Vacherin Dinner

    If you are anything like me, you welcome November with gusto because it’s Vacherin season. I’m referring to the exquisite cheese made in the Jura mountains and released right before the holidays. Its full name is Vacherin Mont d’Or, and — although it’s a mouthful to say — the mere mention of it in a […]

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    A Seasonal Vacherin Dinner

  • The Cheese Grotto: A Home Aging Cave

    Some of my favorite moments in this world have been inside cheese caves — like Willi Lehner’s hobbit-like cave built into a Wisconsin hillside at Bleu Mont Dairy or the labyrinthine Cellars of the Fort Saint Antoine in France, otherwise known as the “catherdral of Comté.” So, just imagine my delight when I learned that […]

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    The Cheese Grotto: A Home Aging Cave

  • Counter Culture redux, Cheese on VICE, and more

    Cheese cherubs, it’s been quite a week. Here in Philadelphia, we welcomed Culture Magazine‘s entire staff for a 3-day cheese and meat training bonanza called Counter Culture. I got to meet some of you, which made my day (I’m talking to YOU, Julia from Whole Foods Toronto and YOU, Ericka of Cheese Sex Death). And […]

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    Counter Culture redux, Cheese on VICE, and more

Four Drink Pairings for Grana Padano

Until recently, Grana Padano and I were long-lost pen pals. My last blog post about this strapping cheese was back in 2010 when I spent an evening with Grana making pesto. Then in 2012, when I was writing Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, we corresponded again – I called Grana “Parmigiano’s understudy.” That’s because […]

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A Day in the Life of Madame Fromage

A few weeks ago, Philadelphia Magazine raided my fridge. Well, not exactly. But they sent a photographer, the fabulous Jauhien Sasnou, to my house one morning with a long list of things to snap. Earring collection. Favorite cheese knives. Cheese boards. A cocktail. Condiments. Cheese. If you’re interested in reading the full story in Philly Mag, […]

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Pairings: Alpine Cheese and An Old Fashioned

One of my favorite drinks in The New Cocktail Hour — the recent book I wrote with my brother André — has to be the Old Fashioned. Its flavor profile is aromatic, earthy, and sweet-spicy, thanks to a mix of whiskey or brandy, bitters, sugar, and orange peel. That, friends, is a true Old Fashioned, the first cocktail […]

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