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Lassa Skinner

Articles written by Lassa Skinner

Lassa is a cheesemonger and one of the co-founders and owners of culture: the word on cheese. When not teaching classes on cheese and wine in Napa, Calif., you can find Lassa entreating fellow mongers to stock our magazine in their shops.

Emmentaler AOP

Will the Real Emmentaler Please Stand Up?


Without a doubt, original Emmentaler cheese is indeed Swiss. But what is it, exactly? And why are other cheeses with big holes made elsewhere in the world also called Emmentaler?

Raw endive leaves filled with fresh chevre and springkled with salt and cracked black pepper

Pairing Endive and Cheese


Cooked or raw, the petal-like endive is the perfect vehicle for cheese

Red, White, and Blue Cheese


If you’re searching for a unique picnic spread this 4th of July, look no further than this fantastic selection of American-made red, white, and blue cheese

Brian Civitello stands outsides of one of his cheesemaking pods for Mystic Cheese

Two Cheeses in a Pod


Mystic Cheese, a Connecticut company, has pioneered a new approach to farmstead cheesemaking: the cheese pod

Oregon Cheese Festival Wrap-up


There’s a lot of new and interesting cheesemakers in Oregon, and there’s no better place to meet and greet them and taste their handiwork than the Oregon Cheese Festival, which just celebrated its 9th anniversary on Saturday, March 16, 2013, which is put on by the Oregon Cheese Guild and Rogue Creamery.  The night before the Festival, the Cheesemakers’ Dinner […]