Pairings: Alpine Cheese and An Old Fashioned

One of my favorite drinks in The New Cocktail Hour — the recent book I wrote with my brother André — has to be the Old Fashioned. Its flavor profile is aromatic, earthy, and sweet-spicy, thanks to a mix of whiskey or brandy, bitters, sugar, and orange peel. That, friends, is a true Old Fashioned, the first cocktail […]

Cocktails and Scharfe Maxx

This week, I’m in Wisconsin for sips and nibbles. And the highlight so far: pairing cocktails with one of my favorite stinkers, Scharfe Maxx, from Studer Dairy in Switzerland. It’s a cream bomb with notes of roasted nuts, caramel, fruit, and herbs. Basically, it’s a picnic with a rind. Here’s how my brother André and I […]

Wisconsin Dreamer’s Cheese Board

Last week, I worked on designing a Wisconsin cheese board for Di Bruno Bros. as part of the store’s new heartland promotion. I selected four favorites from my home state — no easy task — and they’re now available online as the Dairy Dreamer’s Cheese Wisconsin Cheese Board. I’m so proud of this collaboration! I’ve lived […]

Landmark’s Little Beauties

I think, by now, you know I have a thing for small cheeses. I do. They’re like buttons, I want to collect them. Landmark Creamery, a tiny cheese outfit in Albany, Wisconsin that is softly launching this fall, offered to send me some wee offerings, and of course I said: send them tout de suite. I […]

Little Darling, A Cheese For The Equinox

So Monsieur Fromage tells me that autumn begins today at 4:44 p.m. This gives me a chance to honor the equinox with an autumnal cheese that I have been meaning to tell you about for months. Eons ago, it arrived on my doorstep from Darlington, Wisconsin. The cheesemaker, who discovered that I share the same […]