Four Drink Pairings for Grana Padano

Until recently, Grana Padano and I were long-lost pen pals. My last blog post about this strapping cheese was back in 2010 when I spent an evening with Grana making pesto. Then in 2012, when I was writing Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, we corresponded again – I called Grana “Parmigiano’s understudy.” That’s because […]

A Trip to Foodie Hogwarts

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is sometimes called “Foodie Hogwarts.” Rising above the undulating vineyards of Napa Valley, its dusky stone façade looks castle-like, with an enormous arched doorway that ushers aspiring chefs into what was once a Franciscan winery. When I was invited to spend a long weekend there learning about some Italian […]

Spring Links: Raw Milk, Sweet Podcasts, Cheese Recipes

Lovers, like you I am holding out for anything that blooms. As I write this (from bed), I see snowy branches through the windows. In the foreground: a mantelpiece covered in empty tea cups, a rattan chair mostly hidden under a stack of sweaters. It feels like time to focus on finding warmth and color in […]

A Day in the Life of Madame Fromage

A few weeks ago, Philadelphia Magazine raided my fridge. Well, not exactly. But they sent a photographer, the fabulous Jauhien Sasnou, to my house one morning with a long list of things to snap. Earring collection. Favorite cheese knives. Cheese boards. A cocktail. Condiments. Cheese. If you’re interested in reading the full story in Philly Mag, […]

Philly Bierfest Ticket Giveaway

Lovers, let me tell you about the Edgar Allen Poe Cheese Cave and Pennsylvania Cider Bar! It’s part of Philly Bierfest (@phillybierfest) this Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the German Society in Philadelphia — a mere hop from the Edgar Allen Poe house. Be still, my telltale heart. I’ll be there signing copies of Di Bruno Bros. House […]