• Roasted Root Cheese Board Full

    Seasonal Roots Cheese Board

    Don’t think I’ve lost my love for baguettes, but lately I’ve been exploring alternatives to bread that pair well with cheese. Yes, gluten-free mania has gotten the best of me – I love bread madly, but many people I know have forsaken it. Over the holidays, I know I’ll need to have some gluten-free weaponry, […]

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    Seasonal Roots Cheese Board

  • Madame Fromage HQ

    MF Needs an Intern

    Dear readers, I spend a lot of time alone in my Cheese Command Center, sitting in this chair. After five years of running my own little online dairy empire, it’s time to open a window and let in some air. I’m looking for a bird, a plane…an intern!  Although this is an unpaid position, I am willing […]

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    MF Needs an Intern

  • The Miller Family of Birchrun Hills FarmChester Springs, PAJune 30, 2014

    Live! Birchrun Hills Kickstarter

    If you attended the Cheese Ball in January, or if you read about it, hopefully you remember Sue Miller. She’s a local cheesemaker and friend who is working to build a cheese facility on her farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Cheese Ball raised $5,000 as a first step toward financing the project. Now, Sue’s Kickstarter — an […]

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    Live! Birchrun Hills Kickstarter

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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