• Madame Fromage’s Holiday Gift Guide

    Every year, I tell myself I am not going to do a gift guide. Then, I can’t resist sharing some of my favorite things from the year. So here you go, my darlings. This is, in no particular order, a list of dairy-centric delights that brought me great happiness this year and, with any luck, […]

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    Madame Fromage’s Holiday Gift Guide

  • The Book of Cheese, By Liz Thorpe

    Eight or nine years ago, when I was plunging heart-first into cheese, I read The Cheese Chronicles, by Liz Thorpe. In fact, her book was published in 2009 — the same year I meandered into blogging — and I still have a sticky-note inside the front cover, where I wrote to myself: Try sheep’s milk cheeses […]

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    The Book of Cheese, By Liz Thorpe

  • 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

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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