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Leigh Belanger

Articles written by Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.

fennel and olive

Adding Cheese To Cookies: Fennel & Olive Cookies


Pecorino cheese, fennel, and olive! These Italian cheesy treats are both sweet and savory and perfect for Holiday baking.

rugelach

Adding Cheese To Cookies: Rugelach


These crescent-shaped, cream cheese filled rugelach are a must bake this holiday season.

cheese cookies

Adding Cheese to Cookies: Blue Cheese Thumbprints


Here’s our collection of sweet and savory treats, featuring confections with cheese in the dough, in the filling, and in the icing.

doughnuts

Cheesy Weekend Brunch: Doughnuts


These cloud-like delightful doughnuts with the richness of mascarpone and sweetness of maple syrup, are a crowd-pleaser.

waffles

Cheesy Weekend Brunch: Waffles


This waffles’ dish manages to be over the top and elegant at the same time—just what you want for brunch.

weekend brunch

Cheesy Weekend Brunch: Frittata


Don’t fall short on cheese if you want an ooey-gooey frittata. The secret to this ultra-savory egg dish is loads and loads of delicious Taleggio. Rock the weekend brunch!

endive salad

Cheesy Weekend Brunch: Endive Salad


A classic palate refresher, this fennel-grapefruit-endive salad is showered with shards of fruity aged cheese.

scones

Cheesy Weekend Brunch: Buttery, Fruity Scones


Flaky tender scones with the goodness of two cheeses—this brunch item is made for celebrating. So pop some bubbles and settle in for the weekend’s most luxuriant meal.