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Articles written by Susan Axelrod

Editor-in Chief Susan Sherrill Axelrod’s love affair with cheese began at age 12, when she bicycled to a gourmet shop to taste an exotic newcomer—French brie. She lives in midcoast Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail, hiking with her dog, Lucy, and spending as much time as possible on the water.

Wisconsin Colby Cheese

In Queso You Missed It: January 23, 2022


“America’s Dairyland,” does not have an official state cheese and some Wisconsin lawmakers want to change that. A bill to make Colby the state cheese, introduced in 2019 by state senators who represent the city of Colby, was discussed again on Tuesday in front of the Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection. […]

The 2022 Good Food Award Winners for Cheese


The winners of the 12th-annual Good Food Awards were announced today, and while we congratulate all the winners, we are especially excited to celebrate those in the cheese category! The awards ceremony will be held on March 4, 2022 in San Francisco. For a list of all the winners, click here.          […]

In Queso You Missed It: January 9, 2022


We love grilled cheese and Ina Garten, so when she creates a new recipe for our favorite sandwich, we sit up and pay attention. Ina uses basic white bread, sharp Vermont cheddar, and Stonewall Kitchen Mango Chutney—a combo that husband Jeffrey proclaims is “the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.”  In its Clued In […]

Cheese Thoughts and Trends for 2022


The first full year of the pandemic brought both challenges and rewards to the US cheese industry. Many artisan cheesemakers went into 2021 having made a significant pivot the year before—setting up e-commerce sites to sell directly to consumers in the wake of restaurant closures and cheese counter shut downs. Natural cheese consumption actually went […]

Our Best Cheese Memories of 2021


Despite the myriad challenges of 2021, it can be uplifting to take a look back at the good times we managed to have. For the curd nerds at culture, many of those good times naturally involved cheese. Here are our cheese-centric highlights of the year—raclette seems to be the clear favorite! My top cheese experience […]

The Year in Centerfolds: 2021


For each issue of culture, we choose a noteworthy and especially good-looking cheese, and then style and photograph it to capture its distinctive beauty. As we wrap up the year, were inspired to look back on the centerfolds of 2021, with gratitude once again for the creativity and skill of the cheesemakers, photographers, and stylists […]

Awards for Cathy Strange, Cabot, and More


Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Global cheese expert Cathy Strange, the vice president of specialty for Whole Foods, and Van Salmans, of the cheese marketing organization Salmans and Associates, will each receive the Wisconsin Cheese Maker Association‘s (WCMA) new Luminary Award at the 2022 Cheese Expo in April. The award “recognizes the contributions of leaders […]

In Queso You Missed It: December 19, 2021


Baby goats in the Picos de Europa mountains from the Queseria Maín Facebook page. A video that Asturian cheesemakers from Queseria Maín posted on their Facebook page showing them digging through snow to reach their Cabrales cheeses aging in a high mountain cave has made its way around the internet. Asturias, where the World Cheese […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas Cheese


On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me Rogue River Blue in pear eau de vie. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Two sweet Bijou and Rogue River Blue in pear eau de vie. On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to […]

Cheesemongers Making News


Emilia D’Albero (above), cheesemonger at Brooklyn’s Greene Grape Provisions, a CCP, and runner-up at this year’s CMI, was interviewed by InsideHook about her popular TikTok account, @punkrockparmigiano. Whether it’s breaking down a big wheel or sharing a day in the life of a New York cheesemonger, her videos are informative and fun to watch.  Feast […]

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