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Articles written by Bettina Makalintal

Bettina Makalintal is culture's former editorial assistant. With a background in the food industry and as a bike mechanic, she can often be found biking in search of new donut shops.

Chicory Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Smoked Blue Cheese


A warm and nutty yet sharp vinaigrette brings out the toasted sweetness of smoked blue cheese, while allowing its rich paste to pop. The vinaigrette can be made in advance and rewarmed just before serving.

Preserved Lemon Ice Cream with Olive Oil and Sea Salt


A drizzle of olive oil and pinch of flaky sea salt add a wonderful, rich subtleness and contrasting texture to this sweet and salty ice cream. Seek out a light-bodied, fruity olive oil that will not only play off the sweetness of the cream but also balance the savory cured lemons. Preserved lemons can be […]

Gougères with Ossau-Iraty and Piment d’Espelette


Fresh and fruity Piment d’Espelette pairs with sweet, nutty, and floral Ossau-Iraty to give these classic cheese puffs an irresistible whiff of the French Basque region. The gougères are best eaten warm, but they can be made a few hours in advance and re-crisped in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes just before serving.

Rye Crispbreads with Labneh and Hot-Smoked Salmon


With a hint of sourness thanks to the rye, these thin, crispy crackers are the perfect foil for tangy, rich labneh and unctuous smoked salmon. The crispbread recipe makes more than you’ll need—store the remainder in an airtight container.

Roasted Harissa Chicken with Herbed Pistachio Goat Cheese


A zingy, flavor-packed goat cheese is slipped under the skin of this bird before harissa, a North African chile pepper paste, paints it a brilliant red and adds an extra kick of heat. Placed over a bed of fennel and carrots, the chicken keeps moist while the vegetables become infused with pan drippings during roasting. […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day


International Raw Milk Cheese Day is here. Here’s how you can celebrate the history-laden and microbe-rich goodness of raw milk cheese.

The Best Cheese Gear You Need Right Now


From cheese storage to cheese boards, we have the perfect gear for every turophile.

The Best Chefs of the Year: Quince


Michael Tusk’s three Michelin–starred restaurant in San Francisco is using cheese in all kinds of ways.

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