A July 4 Picnic with Foodinjars

When one leads the life of a cheese courtesan, one tends to court a good many cheese-centric friends. So, whenever I feel the ashy edges of blogger burn-out — which has happened lately, amid the juggling of several projects —  I try to connect with the people who move me. Whenever this lady sings the blues, I call […]

Tips for a Late Summer Cheese Picnic

  Part II of a seasonal collaboration with illustrator Johanna Kindvall: Summer is the season to eat cheese in the wild. In June, Johanna and I both spent time in southern Italy, albeit separately, enjoying durable cheeses on picnic blankets (see her post on the subject). We both agree: what is lovelier than eating Pecorino in a pasture […]

I took a little cheese retreat

I have a thing for hermitages. They’re where hermits live. Just outside of Philadelphia, there is a retreat center called Clare House with five hermitages in the woods around Aston, Pennsylvania. I went there earlier this spring to write and to spend a few quiet evenings sans gmail. I needed a g-break. I felt Twitter-sick and […]