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    Goat Cheese Giveaway

    This post goes out to the reluctant goat cheese lover. And the cracker doubter. And the person who doesn’t have a decent cheese board. It’s a trifecta of good things. Vermont Creamery has teamed up with 34 Degrees Crackers and Brooklyn Slate to offer a Goat Cheese Board Giveaway that includes all of the things […]

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    Goat Cheese Giveaway

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    Cave-Raising Wrap-Up

    This post is a really a smooch. Today marks the last day of the Birchrun Hills Farm Kickstarter campaign to build a cheese cave. Thanks to so many of you, cheesemaker Sue Miller has surpassed her goal, and the pledges are still dropping in! If you have a few shekels to donate yet, hop to it! The campaign ends […]

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    Cave-Raising Wrap-Up

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    MF Holiday Gift Guide

    Every year, December sneaks up on her stealth heels. Already, your lovely emails are starting to trickle in as you sniff out potential gifts for lovers on your list. Come now, let’s get down to business with some serious recommendations. After all, what is better than… Cheese travel? Let’s start with the Hammacker Schlemmer of cheese experiences, […]

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    MF Holiday Gift Guide

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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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