The Cooking School at Gangivecchio

The drive to Gangivecchio is golden. The mountain roads are edged in wheat. Bursts of turmeric-colored bushes surprise us as we make our ascent by car. Even the light falling across distant hilltops appears honey-colored. It’s no wonder that some of the best caciocavallo we’ve tasted is served here, at a small inn and cooking […]

Sicily: First Impressions

I came to Sicily to eat cheese from morning to night. So far, that has not been difficult. We arrived at dawn, the mountains washed in apricot light. The terrain I saw around me as I stepped out of the plane looked rugged and time-worn, the mountains smooth as if shaped by butter knives. In […]

To Sicily, In Search of Tuma Persa

Readers, you know that there are few things I enjoy more than a cheese odyssey. Today I leave for Sicily to begin a dairy adventure with a pair of artists, Marianne Bernstein and Cindi Ettinger, who are obsessed with volcanic islands. The project, Due South, is Marianne’s second in a series of location-based collaborations designed to spark […]

Cheese on the Radio (WHYY Interview)

Here in Philadelphia, we’re big fans of our local radio station, WHYY. It’s home to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, who I occasionally see hoofing it down the street, a twig of a person in a parka. Our station’s best-loved Philadelphia-centric show is “Radio Times,” hosted by local personality Marty Moss-Coane (pictured above). Now that I […]

Meet The Chevre-Cado Toast

When Laura Chenel’s Chèvre approached me about developing a recipe for their Chef’s Chèvre I didn’t bat an eye before saying yes. Who says “no” to Sonoma goat cheese from one of the best companies in the business? Grand dame Laura Chenel has retired but is still revered as the pioneering American cheesemaker who supplied Alice Waters […]