Mike Geno’s Cheese Map

By now, you’ve heard me talk about my friend and neighbor Mike Geno, who paints cheese portraits. His studio is less than a mile from my house, and when I need a pick-me-up I wander over to bask in the light of his dairy-centric wall of food art. This week, I visited him to discuss […]

Lessons from Mystic Cheese

Last year, I came across a term that’s been orbiting my mind: rural entrepreneur. It’s a term that Heather Paxton uses in The Life of Cheese when she describes visiting artisan cheesemakers as an anthropologist to document the growing cheese renaissance in the U.S. I adore Paxton’s book, and I love the idea that curds are part of a new […]

Valley Milkhouse Goes to Cheese Camp

Friends, you’ve heard me rave about a new Pennsylvania cheesemaker named Stefanie Angstadt and her little micro-creamery, Valley Milkhouse in Oley, PA. I’m here to share the summer issue of Edible Philly, which contains the profile I wrote about her, called “The Start-Up Creamery.” You can read Edible Philly’s digital edition if you don’t live in these parts, or look for copies […]

Blow Horn and Black Garlic

One of my goals this summer is to delve deeper into cheese pairings. I mean, let’s spelunk! If you enjoy stocking a pantry with bits and bobs from your travels, as I do, then you probably have a trove of potions and preserves just waiting to star-cluster around a constellation of cheeses. And with summer beading on our […]

Sea Change: For The English Major

By now, it’s no secret that I teach writing and feed cheese scraps to starving English majors. Once in a while, I even teach Shakespeare. Of course, I’m partial to The Tempest because it involves a goat herder. When I received a sample box of Sea Change from Mystic Cheese in Connecticut, I swooned extra hard when I […]