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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.

Plum-Colored Kale is the Versatile Veg of Autumn


The color purple reigns supreme in the world of modern kale. While myriad varieties of purple kale fill salad bowls, sauté pans, and snack bags, most fall into one of three categories: curly, flat, and dinosaur. The curlies are grown to be seen as well as eaten. The most popular is Redbor, which can grow […]

Cheese + Fish: It’s All Greek To Me


Barrel-aged feta, Cretan Graviera, and whey-made mizithra mix well with seafood in Greece.

Garída Saganaki


In Greek restaurants throughout the US, the “saganaki” most often found on menus is a pan-seared Cretan graviera cheese appetizer that arrives at your table in brandied flames as diners and servers alike shout “Opa!” This saganaki recipe, traditionally served in seaside tavernas throughout Greece, comprises fresh shrimp, tomatoes, and feta cheese that are roasted […]

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DIY Crackers are Easy and Customizable


Crackers seem like a timeless cheese tray accessory. But since historians say cheese has been made since 8000 B.C. and crackers only date back to 1792, it’s a relatively new match. Looking to make a shelf-stable food for sailors, entrepreneur John Pearson of Newburyport, Massachusetts, combined a lot of flour with a little water and […]

A Summer Slaw to Travel Wherever You Go


In the 2005 romantic comedy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, four BFFs collectively purchase a single pair of jeans because they perfectly fit each young woman’s figure despite their varying shapes. They share the jeans via the mail when they are forced to spend a summer apart; the pants travel separately to Greece, Baja […]

In Season: A World of Melons


Look beyond honeydew and cantaloupe for more exciting flavors    My recent 100-kilometer walking pilgrimage along the Portuguese Camino in northwestern Spain from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela was fueled each morning by no fewer than three cured pork products (shoulder, loin, and spicy chorizo sausage); three regional raw cow’s milk cheeses named Arzùa-Ulloa, Queso […]

Versatile Endive Can Scoop Dips, Pair with Cheese, and Star in a Salad


Photo by Brent Hofacker Witloof, or white-leafed Belgian endive, originally sprouted up as a happy accident for the chicory family. When Jan Lammers left his farm in Brussels to fight in the Belgian War of Independence in 1830, the story goes, he purposely left chicory roots behind in his cellar. He’d planned to roast and […]

Waste Not, Want Not, and A Cheese Board Pickle, Too


Turn those straggler veggies languishing in your produce bin into a zesty pickle.

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DIY: Fruitful Butters and Cheeses


“Fruit butters” and “fruit cheeses” are preserves dating back to medieval times made by simply simmering fruit puree with some type of sweetener.