Behold Vermont Creamery’s St. Albans

St. Albans appeared on my stoop for Valentine’s. When I opened the door, it slipped into my house like a little fox. It’s quick like that, sleek too. Look at its velvet surface, the way it sleeps curled in its bed. Enchanting, isn’t it? I have always loved how Vermont Creamery presents its cheeses. Credit […]

To Sicily, In Search of Tuma Persa

Readers, you know that there are few things I enjoy more than a cheese odyssey. Today I leave for Sicily to begin a dairy adventure with a pair of artists, Marianne Bernstein and Cindi Ettinger, who are obsessed with volcanic islands. The project, Due South, is Marianne’s second in a series of location-based collaborations designed to spark […]

Cheese Pantry Favorites for Summer 2016

Many moons ago, I promised you a regular pantry series on Madame Fromage. Then I fell into a martini glass and am just now resurrecting myself. Let me share three of my favorite pantry discoveries of the last several months. Effie’s Homeade Oatcakes If you’ve followed this blog for some time, you’ve heard me diss on […]

The Greensgrow Mule with Goat Cheese

With The New Cocktail Hour on the brink of release, I find myself in a frenzy of cocktails and cheese pairings. What could be better? The weather is dreck, and a person needs bright drinks, bright dairy. I offer you my notes from the weekend, where I served an all-local cheese board with a mostly local cocktail […]

Cocktails and Scharfe Maxx

This week, I’m in Wisconsin for sips and nibbles. And the highlight so far: pairing cocktails with one of my favorite stinkers, Scharfe Maxx, from Studer Dairy in Switzerland. It’s a cream bomb with notes of roasted nuts, caramel, fruit, and herbs. Basically, it’s a picnic with a rind. Here’s how my brother André and I […]