Chester County Cheese Dinner at Nectar

For Earth Day on April 24, Chef Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn, PA will honor Chester County cheese artisans with a very special meal. He’ll recreate the 5-course Farmland Dinner that he prepared recently at the James Beard House. Here’s why you should go: The first course is Birchrun Hills Blue Cheese and Spinach […]

Milk Oolong

In the mornings, I have been sipping a brand new tonic: Milk Oolong, a creamy tea from China. It smells like fresh milk and orchids, and it coats your mouth like silk. Lately, I’ve been trying to scale back on coffee (Madame F. can get a little flibbity-jibbity on caffeine), and Milk Oolong satisfies the craving. It’s […]

Sexy Wrinkled Cheese

When someone sends you a box of sexy, wrinkled cheese in the mail, it feels very special. It feels like visitors from another planet have asked you to become their pen pal, or — better yet — a host family for their children. Children who arrive in hover crafts. Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery packs […]

Puits d’Astier

Many wheels of cheese are beautiful, but only a handful are arresting. When I walked into Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street and saw cheesemonger Rocco Rainone holding what looked like a lichen-covered wagon wheel, I lost all restraint. “What…is…that?” I demanded, pushing past a crate of bell-shaped goat cheeses. “Puits d’Astier,” Rocco whispered. It […]

Live Cheese Chat with Craig LaBan

My lambs, if you find yourself cheese-less and adrift this afternoon, consider joining me for some online banter with Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan. I’ll be breezing through the Inky offices with some whiffy bits at 2 p.m. EST. LaBan’s Tuesday talks usually draw a lively crew of cubicle bandits and restaurant hoppers in search of their next […]