An American Cheese Thanksgiving

Parish Hill Creamery Cheese Plate 1

This Thanksgiving, I’m headed to New York City to eat bird at a restaurant — a family experiment! Since I’m not preparing a cheese board myself, I’ve been reading recommendations (like this one from Tasting Table) with lust’n envy. Since I can’t help myself, allow me to offer a couple of suggestions for this year’s cheese board theme, inspired by […]

How to Host a Fika and Cheese Party

Cheese and Fika Party Plate

I have found the cure for pre-holiday anxiety: invite a Swedish baker to your house and let her fill your kitchen with warm smells. This discovery came by way of cookbook illustrator Johanna Kindvall, who arrived by bus from Brooklyn this weekend with a rolling suitcase full of dough. She also came with 2 loaves of […]

Near and Far Yogurt Bowl

Near and Far Cookbook

Until I read Heidi Swanson’s new cookbook, Near and Far, it never occurred to me to sprinkle popped sorghum and rose petals on yogurt. To use dairy as a canvas. To turn breakfast into an offering. But here I am, using my extra hour of daylight to draw down my best clay bowl. To ladle out the local […]

Inside the Diary of Mary Quicke

Mary Quicke and Madame Fromage

For many years, I’ve been a loyal reader of Mary’s Diary — the blog written by Mary Quicke, maker of Quicke’s Traditional Cheddar. She posts monthly about her farm in Devon, England, and I’ve always been impressed by two things: her connection to the land and her stunning vocabulary. Well, it turns out Mary pursued […]

A Book Party With Johanna Kindvall Nov. 7


On November 7, 2015 I’m hosting one of my favorite collaborators, Johanna Kindvall — creator of the illustrated food blog, Kokblog. You, dear readers, are invited to join us chez moi for a late afternoon Fika, the subject of her latest book (fika is the Swedish coffee hour). We’re designing a cozy gathering in my Fishtown-neighborhood […]