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Margaret Leahy

Articles written by Margaret Leahy

Margaret Leahy is the former Associate Editor for culture.

Centerfold Spotlight: Bluebird

The Grey Barn and Farm took inspiration from a poem when crafting their Bluebird cheese, a natural-rinded blue that embodies the distinctive terroir of its island home.

Farm Animal: American Miniature Cheviot Sheep

BREED: American Miniature Cheviot Sheep SPECIES: Ovis aries COLOR/PATTERN: White, black, beige, or silver wool HEIGHT: 17 to 23 inches WEIGHT: 45 to 100 pounds REGION OF ORIGIN: Scotland Imagine you’re counting sheep. What do they look like? Are they round, fluffy cotton balls with stick legs and little smiling faces? Imagine no more, friends, […]

Cheese and the Power of Myth

Why we invent stories about our food

Farm Animal: Moose

These awkward behemoths have a reputation as gentle providers of milk, meat, and sheer delight.

Summer Centerfold: Camel’s Milk Marinated Persian Feta

Photographed by Nick Surette What has one hump and makes some of the richest milk in the world? Your newest source for non-bovine dairy, that’s what. Summer Land Camels of southeast Queensland has been rescuing wild camels from the Australian interior for over a decade. Co-founders and experienced biodynamic farmers Jeff Flood and Paul Martin […]

Crown Jewels

All that glitters is mold

Personal Touch

Massage therapist. Tattoo artist. Hairdresser. These are a few of the professions that require physical human interaction, if not constant human touch. In recent months, we’ve seen previously contact-centric businesses pivot to meet the needs of their clients without putting themselves and others at risk of infection. In the most unfortunate cases, we’ve seen these […]

Great 28 Pairings: Natural Wine

Natural wine is many different things, with an ever-evolving definition. The bullet points everyone can agree on include organically-grown grapes, minimal filtration, no added sugars, colorings, or sulfites, and absolutely no lab-cultivated yeasts. Die-hards maintain even more rules, such as stipulating the grapes must be hand-picked, but this is where the natural wine umbrella gets […]

Borrowed Dime

There’s a general rule of thumb when shopping for cheese: Estimate that each of your guests will consume about a quarter pound of cheese in total, and buy accordingly (the arbiters of this rule have clearly never visited our office). This ensures that everyone gets at least a taste of each type of cheese, and […]

Great 28 Pairings: Rauchbier

Smoked beer is often brushed off as a gimmick, but its origins are decidedly functional. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, malted grain for beer was dried either in direct sunlight or over an open flame, resulting in a smoky flavor no matter the beer style. But with the advent of Daniel Wheeler’s malt-drying drum kiln […]

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