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    Madame Fromage’s Cheese Ball 2016

    Lovely readers, I am writing to invite you to my 3rd semi-annual Cheese Ball in Philadelphia on October 30, 2016. We’ll be back at Ruba Club, a Russian social hall in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, for a Sunday evening of rennet and revelry. If you attended the last Cheese Ball, you know it was crowded! This […]

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    Madame Fromage’s Cheese Ball 2016

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    A Cheese Board at Chateau St. Philippe

    Readers, let me transport you to the French Alps, where I just spent 10 days as a co-host for Cheese Journeys. I meant to post along our route from the Savoie to Alsace, but the wifi was weak. And I got so caught up taking pictures of cow breeds I had never seen before and […]

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    A Cheese Board at Chateau St. Philippe

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    Comté and A Cocktail: A Journey Unfolds

    One of my favorite things to do before a long trip is to create a checklist of tastes, so I can remember what to nibble in the field. I know, it sounds obsessive — but without obsessive acts, life is a bit milquetoast, is it not? Next week, I have the great fortune of traveling […]

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    Comté and A Cocktail: A Journey Unfolds

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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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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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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