• Melville II

    How I Met Melville

    In the summer, I am always on the lookout for mild, soft cheeses to eat with fresh herbs and crackers. Something about that combination sings in my ear. It’s a 4 o’clock thing. I get noshy. I start dreaming of cocktail hour. Mentally, of course, I prepare a cheese plate. And that’s how I met Melville. […]

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    How I Met Melville

  • WI Cheese Board

    Wisconsin Dreamer’s Cheese Board

    Last week, I worked on designing a Wisconsin cheese board for Di Bruno Bros. as part of the store’s new heartland promotion. I selected four favorites from my home state — no easy task — and they’re now available online as the Dairy Dreamer’s Cheese Wisconsin Cheese Board. I’m so proud of this collaboration! I’ve lived […]

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    Wisconsin Dreamer’s Cheese Board

  • Bread collage

    Live Cultures: The Video

    Pssst…hello, dahhhlink. Yes, it’s been a little quiet here on Madame Fromage. Call it a summer of suitcases. A summer of digital digressions. First, there was Italy, then Wisconsin. And so I come to you with remembrances. In June and July, my good friend Aimée Knight and I led a digital storytelling workshop in Puglia for 24 cheese-loving […]

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    Live Cultures: The Video

Cheesemonger Ian P

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 Photo

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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Cheese Notebook

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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