Taupinere

Taupiniere 2

Living on the East Coast, it’s rare to find delicate goat-y beauties from the West, especially the luxe puffball Taupinière. It’s the sort of lush lump you’d expect to find under a moist log — ash-black and spongey, with maze-like surface markings. Set it on a bed of moss, and you’d swear it was a mushroom. Somewhere out in the […]

Bite Pop-Up Ticket Giveaway

Bite Pop-Up

If you live in Philadelphia, flip open your calendar to Thursday, May 21 and write “BITE” in big letters. You’ll to want to attend this first-ever food-maker nibble fest. I will be there to guide you through bites of an all-local cheese board, featuring some of my favorite hunks from Valley Milkhouse, Birchrun Hills, and […]

Cheese Boards from Peg & Awl

Peg & Awl Board with Fat Cat

For a long time now, I have been collecting cheese boards on my travels — my eye always scanning shop windows and flea markets for sturdy boards with unique touches or unusual shapes. This spring, I discovered a source for great cheese boards in my very own neighborhood. And so, a new love affair begins. Peg […]

Sea Change: For The English Major

Sea Change Wrapped and Unwrapped

By now, it’s no secret that I teach writing and feed cheese scraps to starving English majors. Once in a while, I even teach Shakespeare. Of course, I’m partial to The Tempest because it involves a goat herder. When I received a sample box of Sea Change from Mystic Cheese in Connecticut, I swooned extra hard when I […]

Sprig and Spirit: A New Project

SprigandSpirit Collage

Dear readers, I have a new project in my back pocket. It’s a sibling project I launched with my brother, André Darlington, called Sprig + Spirit. As you might guess, it’s a site devoted to cocktails. Healthy cocktails. And now you’re furrowing your brow! Healthy cocktails? Welll, for the last year, André and I have been […]