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    Chester County Cheese Weekend

    November 8 & 9, 2014 Hey, Philadelphia! You know how you love cheese and aggression? How about coming out to Kimberton, PA with me on Saturday, November 8, 2014 to watch a Cheesemonger Throwdown? You can nibble local cheeses and drink Troeg’s Beer on the sidelines as you watch cheesemongers from Salumeria, Di Bruno Bros., […]

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    Chester County Cheese Weekend

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    Smoke and Funk: A Fall Cheese Board

    A Seasonal Cheese Collaboration with Johanna Kindvall (Part 3) In fall, I love when the air smells of damp leaves and wood fire. It’s a good time for a hike with wool hats and a hamper of cheese. Find a smooth tree stump or an overturned log without too many mushrooms, and you can create a […]

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    Smoke and Funk: A Fall Cheese Board

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    Let Go of My Manchego

    September is the month of nostalgia. Look back, and the hotness is behind you. Sun. Sea. Soft cheeses. Tell me about the mozzarella you ate in the park, the fresh ricotta you gobbed on berries before you went off to build a fort in the sand. For me, it was a summer of sheep’s milk […]

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    Let Go of My Manchego

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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

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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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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