July 4 Cheese and Jam Wrap-Up

Cocktails and Cheese Picnic

Part 4: Friends, thanks for tuning into this week-long series on planning a July 4 cheese board. I put it together with my friend Marisa from Foodinjars so that we could explore the summer harvest and…oh, the dairy case. Here are links to everything we cooked, baked, stirred, and sniffed out. Our goal was to […]

Cheese and Preserves for July 4

Cheese Board Close-up

Part 3: In choosing cheeses for this week’s July 4 picnic with Foodinjars, I wanted to use cheeses that would be broadly available across America. So, I trolled the cheese case of Trader Joe’s in search of the best selections. Typically, I purchase fresh cut cheeses at a cheese shop so I know that it’s fresh, […]

Cheese and Cocktails for July 4

Shrub Cocktails for Cheese

Part 2 of a series: I’m a big believer in pairing cocktails and cheese. Especially in sultry summer. The cocktail should be bright. It should fizz — effervescence cleanses the palate. And the presentation should make people gasp. A good cocktail, like a splendid cheese, should be arresting…even a bit lusty. The truth is, you […]

A July 4 Picnic with Foodinjars

Cheese and cocktails

When one leads the life of a cheese courtesan, one tends to court a good many cheese-centric friends. So, whenever I feel the ashy edges of blogger burn-out — which has happened lately, amid the juggling of several projects —  I try to connect with the people who move me. Whenever this lady sings the blues, I call […]

The Cheese Pantry: Paw Paw Curd

Paw Paw Curd

Friends, run to your cupboards! What’s in them that you love, love, love? I’m asking because I’ve got an itch to start a series about the crackers, preserves, nuts, and noms that people covet for building snack plates — the sorta stuff you can stash now and set out later to build a fabulous, seemingly spontaneous […]