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Margaret Leahy

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Margaret Leahy is the Associate Editor for culture.

Tariffs 101: EU cheeses take a hike


Here’s what you need to know about the Trump administration’s proposed EU tariff hike:  -In October 2019, the Trump administration imposed a 25% tax on EU imported goods, including textiles, cosmetics, spirits, wine, and cheese. -This tax hike is in response to a long-running dispute over EU subsidies for Europe-based Airbus, which affect American aircraft […]

Best Sweet Accompaniments 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a salty craving, we’ve got you covered with our picks for this year’s hottest cheese pairing. MAST CHOCOLATE Mount Kisco, NY Chocolate and cheese are old friends. But to keep things from getting stale, mix it up with an unlikely flavor, like Mast’s Olive […]

Best Savory Accompaniments 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a salty craving, we’ve got you covered with our picks for this year’s hottest cheese pairing. TROIS PETITS COCHONS CHARCUTERIE New York, NY Trois Petits Cochons makes quality pâtés and charcuterie that loves cheese—try pairing their smooth and subtly sweet Mousse Royale au Sauternes […]

Best Gear 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette CHEESE VAULT Plastic wrap is out—cheese vaults are in. Silicone walls wick moisture away from cheese, and a polished exterior allows for easy labeling with a pen. $30, thegrommet.com CHEESE KNIVES Form can be on the same level as function, especially in the case of these serving utensils. The subtle finish […]

Comeback Kids: Consider Bardwell Farm Finds a New Whey Following Recall


Photo via considerbardwellfarm.com Nothing strikes ice-cold fear into the hearts of dairy manufacturers quite like the L-word—we’re talking Listeria monocytogenes. An independent cheesemaker’s worst nightmare erupted in late September 2019 for Consider Bardwell Farm, when a routine inspection of the Vermont-based farm’s processing facilities yielded a positive test for listeria in a wheel of the […]

EU approves first geographically protected Croatian cheese


Big news for the cheese world: a new cheese has been granted Protected Denomination of Origin status, the first of its country no less. Paški Sir, a hard sheep’s milk cheese from the island of Pag in Croatia, has won PDO status after over a decade of campaigning by the family who makes it. And […]

2019 American Cheese Society Award Winning Cheeses


Wow, it’s been a busy few months here at culture, but we’re finally taking a breather to congratulate this year’s ACS winners.  First off, congratulations to the 2019 ACS Best of Show winners! 1st PLACE – Stockinghall Murray’s Cheese and Old Chatham Creamery 2nd PLACE – Professor’s Brie Wegman’s and Old Chatham Creamery 3rd PLACE – Aries Shooting […]