How to Make Your Lover a Cheese Board

To celebrate my first month devoted to eating American cheese every week for a whole year, I threw a little cheese soiree at my house for dear friends. It was such a luscious night, and it was so easy to pull together,  that I thought I’d share a few tips. Maybe you’d like to explore […]

Four Drink Pairings for Grana Padano

Until recently, Grana Padano and I were long-lost pen pals. My last blog post about this strapping cheese was back in 2010 when I spent an evening with Grana making pesto. Then in 2012, when I was writing Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, we corresponded again – I called Grana “Parmigiano’s understudy.” That’s because […]

Cassoulet Night 2014

One of my favorite places to eat dinner is at my neighbor Larry’s. He and his family live in a cozy row house with three kids and three whippets. It’s a place of elegant chaos. Someone or something is always clattering up or down the staircase. Any other family of five would serve a big […]

Tales from Cheesegiving

This year, my brother André quit his job to become a wine writer. I’m very proud of him for plunging into the juicy void — the decision was inspired by a scholarship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa. Before the scholarship, he was part of a secret coalition of studious drinkers that […]

You Bring the Wine, I’ll Bring the Cheese

Here’s one of my favorite party tricks: give your guests the assignment to bring a bottle of wine that fits into one of three categories (bubbly, big red, or dessert wine). Then run to the cheese shop and buy six hunks of cheese — two cheeses to match each wine style — and a little […]