A Guide to Great British Cheddars

In autumn, I love shopping for cheddar. Whereas other dames might enjoy picking up a new woolen cape or a mohair sweater this time of year, I fantasize about running my fingers across clothbound cheddar. Montgomery’s, Keen’s, Westombe, Quicke’s. These are a few of the brands that make me swoon. All British. All bold and […]

Three Stars from Neal’s Yard

You know how I feel about rinds. Take a moment to admire the coats on these three British royals — Montgomery’s Cheddar, Gorwydd Caerphilly, and Berkswell. To me, their moldy jackets are far more interesting than anything at Fashion Week. Thank Neal’s Yard Dairy, Britain’s premier aging house. Their affineurs are like tailors for cheese […]

Cheddar’s Little Namesake

Some cheesemongers I know express their lacto love through tattooes. Others name their children after cheeses. If you’ve ever nibbled Montgomery’s Cheddar, a rugged nugget made by Jamie Montgomery of Somerset, England, you might understand why Hunter Fike named his firstborn “James Montgomery,” after the maker. Hunter Fike, who runs the Italian Market Di Bruno […]

Downton Abbey Cheese Board

I can’t seem to get enough of the PBS series, Downton Abbey, and neither can you. This became clear at the Cheddar class I taught on Friday night at Tria’s Fermentation School. It was a Masterpiece Theater loving crowd (lots of beards and one waistcoat); Lady Grantham would have fit right in. By the end […]