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Queso Without Borders: “Hispanic Style” In America’s Dairyland


Southern Wisconsin’s rolling hills first attracted immigrants from impoverished regions of Switzerland in the mid-18th century. They quickly set about turning rich soil into pasture and, ultimately, cheese. The legacy of Swiss immigration, which continued into the early 1900s, thrives to this day. It fuels the economy, culture, and tourism. Swiss flags hang in town […]

Year in Centerfolds


2019 was quite the year—especially when it came to our cheese centerfold stars. Reminisce on the four special cheeses that took center stage in our magazines last year.  SPRING Everton Premium Reserve Jacobs and Brichford Farmstead Cheese Flaky. Spicy. Sharp. These are just a few of the words experts have used to describe these extra-aged […]

Best Cheeses 2019: Goat’s Milk Cheese


BIJOU ERMONT CREAMERY WEBSTERVILLE, VT. A jewel of a cheese, this hand-formed little darling features a wrinkly Geotrichum rind around a fudge-like button of pasteurized goat’s milk, ripened 30 days. Hints of fresh flowers and hazelnuts shine through the goaty tang, flavors best accompanied by tart cherries or apricots. LILLE ASKE BO JENSEN DAIRY JÆREN, […]

Best Regions: South Africa


A generation ago, there were just two types of cheese made in South Africa: factory-made Gouda and cheddar. Up until 1991, strict regulations dictated that all cow’s milk produced must be sold to the government, which significantly limited cheese production. But deregulation saw a newfound freedom for dairy farmers and cheesemakers, who set about crafting […]

In Queso You Missed It: January 12th


Happy New Year! It’s 2020, and we’re looking for ways to up our cheese game in the new decade. If you missed our Cheese Goals piece from the Best Cheeses issue, click here to catch up and get inspired to (finally) keep up with a new year’s resolution. In other cheese news: As the tariff […]

Tariffs 101: EU cheeses take a hike


Here’s what you need to know about the Trump administration’s proposed EU tariff hike:  -In October 2019, the Trump administration imposed a 25% tax on EU imported goods, including textiles, cosmetics, spirits, wine, and cheese. -This tax hike is in response to a long-running dispute over EU subsidies for Europe-based Airbus, which affect American aircraft […]

Australia is burning, and so are their dairies


Australia is still being consumed by the worst wildfires it’s seen in decades, and staggering numbers of dairy animals and dairy farms are among the casualties. The country’s fire season started in late July–bushfires are typical in northern Australia from April to September due to the region’s climate. This season the blaze was accelerated by […]

Best Cheeses 2019: Cow’s Milk Cheese


Photographed by Nina Gallant; Styled by Erin Riley Almnäs Tegel ALMNÄS BRUK HJO, SWEDEN “Tegel” means “brick” in Swedish—a fitting name for a cheese produced in massive blocks weighing between 57 and 59 pounds. A saltwater wash leads to the rustic, red hue of the rind, which encases a firm, smooth paste with a fruity […]

Best Regions: The US South


Cheesemaking in the South has come leaps and bounds from when it was known only for cheese straws and pimento cheese, and even further still from the days when all you could find at roadside markets was hoop cheese (made simply with cow’s milk and set with a round hoop mold, often coated with red […]

In Queso You Missed It: December 29th


If you missed National Eggnog Day on the 24th, don’t worry—the holidays aren’t over just yet. Whip up a batch of this homemade boozy nog for your New Year’s party. Your guests will definitely thank you. In other cheese news: A scientific breakthrough will allow soundwaves to examine cheese ripeness without damaging the wheels themselves. […]