A Seasonal Vacherin Dinner

If you are anything like me, you welcome November with gusto because it’s Vacherin season. I’m referring to the exquisite cheese made in the Jura mountains and released right before the holidays. Its full name is Vacherin Mont d’Or, and — although it’s a mouthful to say — the mere mention of it in a […]

A Cheese Board at Chateau St. Philippe

Readers, let me transport you to the French Alps, where I just spent 10 days as a co-host for Cheese Journeys. I meant to post along our route from the Savoie to Alsace, but the wifi was weak. And I got so caught up taking pictures of cow breeds I had never seen before and […]

Comté and A Cocktail: A Journey Unfolds

One of my favorite things to do before a long trip is to create a checklist of tastes, so I can remember what to nibble in the field. I know, it sounds obsessive — but without obsessive acts, life is a bit milquetoast, is it not? Next week, I have the great fortune of traveling […]

The Whole Fromage

Back in February, I caught wind of a fellow dairy fiend from Wisconsin who was writing a book — a sexy French cheese travelogue. Of course, I had to sniff it out, and soon Kathe Lison and I were swapping emails and galley copies of our books. Lison’s The Whole Fromage dropped in late June, […]

Sexy Wrinkled Cheese

When someone sends you a box of sexy, wrinkled cheese in the mail, it feels very special. It feels like visitors from another planet have asked you to become their pen pal, or — better yet — a host family for their children. Children who arrive in hover crafts. Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery packs […]