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 […]

Book Signings, Cheese Crawls and More

Di Bruno book photo by Dave MacNeill

Suddenly, it’s December. I open my eyes, and my calendar flashes into view with stars and scribbles. (Yes, I still use a paper day planner.)  Here are a few events where I will be leaping and lurking over the next few weeks, along with a few holiday open houses that feature local Pennsylvania cheesemakers. I hope […]

Five Years of Madame Fromage

Surrounded by cheesemakers: Brent Zimmerman, Sue Miller, Kristian Holbrook

Hard to believe: this month I am celebrating a big blog anniversary! And it’s made me a little nostalgic. I’ve spent the last few days sifting through old photos and trying to decide just what to post. My last half decade has been so memorable, full of so many friends and fromages that, well, even I […]

The Tuscan Table

Trio of Pecorini

Last week, I did a deep dive into Tuscan Pecorino, thanks to a slew of samples from Di Bruno Bros. They asked me to taste a series of new products from a Tuscan producer, Il Fortetto — a cooperative outside Florence. As someone who rarely reaches for Pecorino at the cheese counter, I appreciated tasting […]

The Cheese Ball Auction

Hanging balls of cheese

Darlings, the Cheese Ball has attracted so many incredible donations that we’re planning an auction on Saturday night at 10 p.m. If you’re coming to the party, check out the list below for a chance to bid on baskets, tastings, and cooking classes around Philadelphia. (We’ll also be raffling off some free stuff earlier in […]