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Christine Burns Rudalevige has been a working journalist for 30 years and has considered cheese her favorite food group for even longer. Ten years ago, when she attended culinary school, one of her goals was to write for culture.

How does annatto change cheese?


Ever wonder why some cheeses are orange? For many, it’s because of anatto. But how does annato change cheese?

pumpkin focaccia

Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin In Your Everyday Meals


Embrace Autumn by pairing cheese with the season’s notorious gourd.

Oysters Are Always in Season


Luckily for oyster fans, modern shellfish farming means they are always available.

DIY: Burrata


Burrata—those pillowy sachets of fresh mozzarella with creamy centers—can be made the hard way, the easy way, and the cheat’s way in your very own kitchen.

In Season: Simplicity is Key for Spring Asparagus


Local asparagus in springtime is always going to have the best flavor. Make the most of it with this simple soup.

DIY: How to Make Marinated Feta


There are two categories of DIY marinated feta cheese: the “Oh NO! I forgot to make an appetizer!” marinated feta and the “Oh YES! I am so glad I have a jar in the fridge” marinated feta.

The Best Bechamel Sauce


Bechamel is the mother of all sauces. Get our recipe for the perfect cheese sauce using a homemade bechamel.

Best Cheeses 2022: Goat’s Milk


Photo by Nina Gallant | Styled by Kendra Smith ST. GERMAIN (pictured above)Blakesville Creamery | Port Washington, Wisconsin This semi-firm and mild, milky winner is made in a style similar to sheep’s milk, natural rind tommes from the Pyrenees. Only St. Germain hails from one of Wisconsin’s newest creameries. Founded in 2020, Blakesville Creamery makes […]

Regions to Watch: New Zealand


Of the top 10 culinary reasons to visit New Zealand, artisan cheese sits below rare native Manuka honey, above eating cultivated kiwifruit, and right on par with sipping wines that don’t make it out of the country at the same rate as Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc does. To understand the cheese landscape of this South Pacific […]

In Season: Nuts


Ancient Romans partaking in the festivities of Saturnalia—a raucous mid-December holiday that honored seed-sowing god Saturn— wagered nuts, not gold coins, as they rolled dice fashioned from sheep and goat knucklebones. A good haul of fall nuts, after all, was a good omen for the spring harvest to come. Later in western civilization’s story line, […]

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