How I Met Melville

Melville II

In the summer, I am always on the lookout for mild, soft cheeses to eat with fresh herbs and crackers. Something about that combination sings in my ear. It’s a 4 o’clock thing. I get noshy. I start dreaming of cocktail hour. Mentally, of course, I prepare a cheese plate. And that’s how I met Melville. […]

Wisconsin Dreamer’s Cheese Board

WI Cheese Board

Last week, I worked on designing a Wisconsin cheese board for Di Bruno Bros. as part of the store’s new heartland promotion. I selected four favorites from my home state — no easy task — and they’re now available online as the Dairy Dreamer’s Cheese Wisconsin Cheese Board. I’m so proud of this collaboration! I’ve lived […]

Live Cultures: The Video

Bread collage

Pssst…hello, dahhhlink. Yes, it’s been a little quiet here on Madame Fromage. Call it a summer of suitcases. A summer of digital digressions. First, there was Italy, then Wisconsin. And so I come to you with remembrances. In June and July, my good friend Aimée Knight and I led a digital storytelling workshop in Puglia for 24 cheese-loving […]

Champion Cheesemonger Emily Acosta

Emily Acosta

Here’s a telling sign about the popularity of cheese in America: cheesemongering has become an Olympic sport. Well, almost. Every summer, the folks who work behind cheese counters gather for The Cheesemonger Invitational. It’s where muscle meets Manchego. For one grueling evening, they compete for the title of champion cheesemonger. To win, a monger must […]

Tips for a Late Summer Cheese Picnic

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  Part II of a seasonal collaboration with illustrator Johanna Kindvall: Summer is the season to eat cheese in the wild. In June, Johanna and I both spent time in southern Italy, albeit separately, enjoying durable cheeses on picnic blankets (see her post on the subject). We both agree: what is lovelier than eating Pecorino in a pasture […]