• So many goats!

    Visiting Redwood Hill Farm: Goat Play Date!

    Of all the wonderful things there are to love about cheese, goats are among my favorites. Luckily, Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol, CA, is nearby so I can visit them and their adorably joyous goats! Not only that, my dear friend Kim Huestis, owner of Boston-area-based Porcelain & Stone, crafter of gorgeous porcelain jewelry, and great […]

  • Westminster One-Year Cheddar.

    Cheese Time: Westminster Royal Cheddar!

    Who doesn’t love royals? Well, ok, I can think of some folks who don’t, but in my family, there are a lot of fans. I’m talking about British royals, that is. M. Cheesemonger was even in London the day Prince George was born, on July 22, 2013. Now, the prince is one year old, and he’s […]

  • Sheri LaVigne, Owner of The Calf & Kid in Seattle.

    An Interview With The Calf & Kid Owner Sheri LaVigne

    Cheese people, the name by which I so lovingly refer to folks in the artisan cheese world, are my favorite. And they’re almost always generous, quirky, and fascinating conversationalists! This week, I had the great privilege of speaking with Sheri LaVigne, founder and owner of The Calf & Kid in Seattle, Washington. You might have […]

  • Make a burrata caprese salad! You won't regret it.

    Burrata: My Favorite Summer Cheese

    Ah, summer. It’s in full swing in the markets, where we can see berries, stone fruit, and tomatoes. What goes well with all of that? Burrata. This creamy, pillowy puff of goodness accompanies summer produce like nothing else! What is this sweet, milky cheese, you ask? Given its beloved place in the hearts of many, […]

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    Settling Into Cheese Production

    By now, I’ve been working at my new cheesemonger gig for several weeks, and I’m enjoying myself thoroughly. Because of the enormous volumes of people moving through the store (we’re in the Ferry Building, one of SF’s most popular tourist destinations), the mongers here really need to stay on top of their game to get […]

  • A foreign cheese case!

    How To Approach The Cheese Case

    You might know this feeling. You step into a specialty cheese shop. When you finally make your way to the cheese counter, you realize you have no idea what you’re doing. You don’t know what these cheeses are, you don’t know what they taste like, you don’t know what you like, you don’t know how […]

  • Entering Granville Island Public Market.

    Vancouver: Benton Brothers Fine Cheese & Canadian Cheeses

    *[Correction 21:45 PDT: My first post of this article stated that Kootenay Alpine Cheese Co. is in Alberta. It is, in fact, in British Columbia!* M. Cheesemonger and I loved Vancouver so much when we visited three years ago, we decided to return this year! This time, we focused almost entirely on savoring the local […]

  • The cheeses of Whole Foods' next Cheese Night!

    Cheese Nights at Whole Foods Market

    [Clarification, 12:35pm PST] I received confirmation that Whole Foods is holding Cheese Night in Canada, U.K., and U.S. locations, so international cheese lovers can still participate! Go to Whole Foods’ store list to find a Cheese Night event near you. Thanks for asking! Recently, Whole Foods contacted me to share with me information about their quarterly Cheese Nights. […]

  • Ah, paradise! By the San Juan Islands.

    Exploring Seattle and the Puget Sound

    Continuing on the Pacific Northwest trip . . . . In a pretty short span of time, M. Cheesemonger and I covered a good amount of taste testing in the Seattle area, as much as our little bellies would allow. Our first lunch in the city was at Piroshy Piroshky, a popular Pike’s Place Market destination for lovers […]

  • Oooh, Beecher's Handmade Cheese!

    Visiting Seattle: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

    The imagery of the Pacific Northwest is always beautiful to me–both of its landscape and its food! M. Cheesemonger and I spent a quick weekend in Seattle before heading off to nearby Whidbey Island for a few days off the grid. Lucky for us, it was sunny and warm the entire week. Our first stop was Pike’s […]

So many goats!

Visiting Redwood Hill Farm: Goat Play Date!

Of all the wonderful things there are to love about cheese, goats are among my favorites. Luckily, Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol, CA, is nearby so I can visit them and their adorably joyous goats! Not only that, my dear friend Kim Huestis, owner of Boston-area-based Porcelain & Stone, crafter of gorgeous porcelain jewelry, and great […]

Westminster One-Year Cheddar.

Cheese Time: Westminster Royal Cheddar!

Who doesn’t love royals? Well, ok, I can think of some folks who don’t, but in my family, there are a lot of fans. I’m talking about British royals, that is. M. Cheesemonger was even in London the day Prince George was born, on July 22, 2013. Now, the prince is one year old, and he’s […]

Sheri LaVigne, Owner of The Calf & Kid in Seattle.

An Interview With The Calf & Kid Owner Sheri LaVigne

Cheese people, the name by which I so lovingly refer to folks in the artisan cheese world, are my favorite. And they’re almost always generous, quirky, and fascinating conversationalists! This week, I had the great privilege of speaking with Sheri LaVigne, founder and owner of The Calf & Kid in Seattle, Washington. You might have […]

Make a burrata caprese salad! You won't regret it.

Burrata: My Favorite Summer Cheese

Ah, summer. It’s in full swing in the markets, where we can see berries, stone fruit, and tomatoes. What goes well with all of that? Burrata. This creamy, pillowy puff of goodness accompanies summer produce like nothing else! What is this sweet, milky cheese, you ask? Given its beloved place in the hearts of many, […]