• Blue Cheese with Effies Oatcakes and Strawberry Fig Pate

    Cheese Pantry Favorites for Summer 2016

    Many moons ago, I promised you a regular pantry series on Madame Fromage. Then I fell into a martini glass and am just now resurrecting myself. Let me share three of my favorite pantry discoveries of the last several months. Effie’s Homeade Oatcakes If you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ve heard me diss on […]

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    Cheese Pantry Favorites for Summer 2016

  • Hornbacher and Challerhocker

    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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    Pairings: Alpine Cheese and An Old Fashioned

  • A Gin Basil Smash from The New Cocktail Hour

    The New Cocktail Hour Book Release

    In a few weeks, the basil will be abundant. You’ll spend your day at work dreaming of fresh mozzarella, of compact goat cheeses that can be eaten in one sitting, like a petit fillet. May I present a lovely combination – a Gin Basil Smash with a gooey Cremont? Today, I am celebrating the official […]

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    The New Cocktail Hour Book Release

Bachelorette Cheese Board

A Lacto Bachelorette Party

Molly didn’t want strippers at her bachelorette party. Instead, she wanted cheese. So, down I swooped to help plan a lacto-centric bachelorette party with a pair of cheese boards, each with a special theme to toast the bride in her next life.   Love & Prosperity: Triple Cremes & Truffle Board Wisdom & Long Life: […]

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Mark Twain and Montgomerys

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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Scharfe Maxx and a Sling

A Cheese and Cocktail Love Note

Friends and Loved Ones, as most of you know I have spent the last two years making cocktails for a new book, The New Cocktail Hour (Running Press). Over 400 mixed drinks. In my kitchen. Usually with my brother on Skype, the two of us shaking and stirring in our respective homes (he in Madison, Wisconsin and me […]

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