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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 with her partner in midcoast Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail, hiking with their dog, Lucy, and spending as much time as possible on the water.

In Queso You Missed It: June 5, 2022


It’s Pride Month, and the celebration is ON! From Disney World, where you can snack on all manner of rainbow-hued sweet treats, to D.C. (snag a Mucho, Mucho Amor cocktail at El Tamarindo), to Wisconsin there are parades, parties, and of course, lots of tasty food and drink. One way turophiles can show up for […]

In Queso You Missed It: May 15, 2022


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A Vermont Legacy Continued in Curd


Award-winning cheeses are the key to continuity at Von Trapp Farmstead in Vermont.

Centerfold: Fleur de la Prairie


Photographed by Adam DeTour  |  Styled by Kendra Smith Making good cheese starts with good milk, which in turn starts with good feed and ultimately, good dirt. The dirt in central Illinois, which was once wet prairie, is some of the richest and most fertile in the world. Leslie Cooperband and Wes Farrell of Prairie […]

New on the Market Summer 2022


1 You’ve seen pink pickled onions on cheese plates, sandwiches, and salads at your favorite restaurants, and may have been tempted to try this latest pickling trend at home. But why, when Pink Wagon Foods has you covered with tangy, ready-to-go pickled onions in a pretty jar? 2 Alai Sidra is made at the foot […]

Queen Bee Porcini


Beehive Cheese makes a royal splash with its latest creation The same year Queen Bee Porcini hit the market, it won Super Gold at the 2021 World Cheese awards. It was the highest award given to an American cheese producer at the event and the highest honor won by Utah’s Beehive Cheese—no stranger to winning […]

Spread-MMMs bring the party to your cheese plate


Like so many food entrepreneurs, Rebecca Montero didn’t intend to get into the business of making her savory spreads. As a young woman in the early 2000s, she moved into a New York City apartment with roommates, and they wanted to throw a party—not a pizza and beer party, but something a little fancier. Tapanade […]

4 New Books For Cheese Lovers, Summer 2022


1. Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology Black Mixcellence (Penguin Random House, June 2022, $30) celebrates the impact of Black and Brown mixologists on the cocktail and bartending industry. Written by hospitality industry veteran Tamika Hall with Discovery Channel’s Cocktail Kings star Colin Asare-Appiah, the book includes the history of African American contributions […]

Shop Talk: Summer 2022


For this edition of Shop Talk, we asked owners/mongers from shops in Wisconsin, Las Vegas, and Connecticut to answer the following: 1. How did you get your start working in cheese? 2. What is your favorite cheese memory/funny story? 3. What cheese-focused trip or experience is on your bucket list? Sarah Clemens Noble Rind Cheese […]

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