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Molly McDonough

Articles written by Molly McDonough

Associate Editor Molly McDonough worked for cheesemakers in Switzerland and the US before earning a Master's degree in Agriculture and Food Science at the Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture in Angers, France. After spending a year in Romania working on rural development projects with Heifer International, she returned home to Boston and joined the culture team in 2015.

honey and cheese

Your Ultimate Guide to Honey and Cheese


In honey, cheese finds a pairing partner with equal complexity. Here, learn how to taste honey and pair it with cheese.

Reggiana Revival

How One Parmigiano Saved an Ancient Breed of Cattle


It’s a balmy afternoon in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and I’m standing in a barn with a cow breeder named Marco Prandi, staring into his phone. “Allora cerchiamo la natività…” he mutters to himself while scrolling through Google Image search results. Thumbnail-size paintings of nativity scenes from artists in bygone eras whiz by until, finally, he […]

Blue Mold Cheese

The New Kind of Blue Cheese You Need to Try


Although they tend to stay hidden, blue molds grow all around us. If we magnified forest soils, bales of hay, and forgotten loaves of bread, we might see them: clustered colonies of Penicillium roqueforti. Up close they resemble otherworldly paintbrushes, their long filaments split into branches. And at the end of each branch, rotund, blue-green […]

stracciatella - Caputo Brothers 2 - Credit Teri Pozniak

What’s that Stuff Inside Burrata?


Solid or liquid? Cheese or cream? To be daintily dolloped or shoveled with a spoon? If you’re miffed by the stuff that explodes out of your burrata ball, you’re not alone. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there in the world about stracciatella,” says Rynn Caputo of Pennsylvania-based Caputo Brothers Creamery, who crafts her own version […]

Manchego Debate

Manchego Vs. Manchego


As political drama envelopes society, not even cheese will be left unscathed. The latest fray to hit international dairy relations involves Manchego DOP. The beloved sheep’s milk wheel has become the sticking point in a dispute between Mexico and the European Union, effectively stymying renegotiations over an 18-year-old trade deal. The controversy surrounds the name. Since 1984, […]

The ‘It’ Meal of Winter: Raclette


Melting makes great Raclette shine. Explore our guide to this Swiss cheese in all its forms.

cheesemaker

Party Like A Cheesemaker!


Every cheesemaker celebrates their trophies in a unique style: while some parties are low-key, others cheer with taco and beer!

Cheese Supersedes Arms In A Transformed Alpine Military Cave


Cheese companies like Gourmino use decommissioned military caves to age Alpine cheeses in a humid-cool environment.