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Articles written by Margaret Leahy

Margaret Leahy is a Contributing Editor at culture.

Cheese +: Prosciutto Old and New


On my first day of work at a gourmet cheese and charcuterie shop, prosciutto wasn’t part of my formal onboarding. But at the end of my seven-hour shift—my head filled with SKUs, PLUs, and daily to-dos—someone requested a quarter pound of prosciutto di Parma. She was one of our tougher regular customers, but I didn’t […]

Drinks with Cheese: Sober Spirits


The Volstead Act of 1919—a.k.a. Prohibition—effectively banned the manufacture, sale, or possession of “any intoxicating liquor” in the United States, excepting those used for religious purposes. Backed by religious groups, the legislation was intended to curb alcoholism, domestic violence, and booze-fueled corruption. Instead, the mass bootlegging operations that ensued gave us illicit speakeasies, toxic bathtub […]

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Drinks with Cheese: Reconsidering Tiki


As American consumers have grown more and more aware of where the things they enjoy come from, the truth behind tiki has been getting more attention.

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Cheese Plate: Atomic, Aged


We’re bringing some of the most bizarre food experiments from the Cold War era back to the table—with the right cheeses, of course.

The Go Plate: Traveling With Cheese


Taking a cue from @thatcheeseplate, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cheeses and accoompaniments that make it easy to snack in style wherever you are.

4 Products You Need To Keep Your Cheese Fresh


Here are a few refrigerated cheese storage solutions that make for happier cheese (and cheese eaters) AND cut down on waste.

Cheese Plate: Emotional Self Care 101


Phone off, mask on—now pass the fromage.

Drinks with Cheese: The Green Fairies


The perfect foil to these green beauties is salt—which, as luck would have it, is one of the three ingredients needed to make cheese.

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