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Articles written by Susan Axelrod

Editor 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 outside of Portland, Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail and spending as much time as possible on the water.

Voicings: Ellie and Sam Studd


We spoke with the Studd Siblings, ACS Professionals and International Guilde de Fromagers members, about mentors, raw milk cheese, and industry challenges.

At Elderslie Farm, George and Katharine Elder Honor Kansas Culture


George and Katharine Elder make goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses, along with operating a restaurant, a cafe, a blackberry-picking operation, and a sawmill.

Centerfold: The Rattlesnake


This cheddar is spiked with tequila and habanero peppers, which Deer Creek Founder and President Chris Gentine had a direct hand in creating.

Centerfold: Ubriaco Pinot Rosé


Photographed by Adam DeTour; Styled by Kendra Smith With its pale pink rind and crown of dried rose petals, a 15-pound wheel of Ubriaco Pinot Rosé is a thing of beauty. And this stunner from Moro Formaggi in Oderzo, Italy is more than just a pretty face. Cheesemaker and master affineur Sergio Moro—together with his […]

Five Recipes For Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day


Here are a few melty favorites pulled from our archives; search “grilled cheese” in the upper right hand corner of the website for many more.

Chef’s Dish: Marcus Samuelsson’s Ayib + Sweet Potato Ravioli


In “The Rise,” Marcus Samuelsson explores the trajectory of Black cooking in America.

No Place Like Home for Maine Cheesemaker


Amy Rowbottom, founder of Crooked Face Creamery, is among a cohort of women business owners who find ways to collaborate and support each other in Maine.

Shaken Stirred and Curd: New-fashioned cocktail pairings for the holidays and beyond


Five festive cocktail recipes that you can pair with cheese all holiday season long—and beyond.

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