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a bowl full of rye

Great 28: Cheese + Rye


Rye is everything I love in an ancient grain—and the uses are many,” says Matt Jennings, Boston-based chef and author of the cookbook Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots (Artisan, 2017). Once considered a weed by the ancient Greeks, the tall cereal grass was already a staple in Europe when Dutch immigrants brought its […]

alp blossom cheese served with rose jelly

Great 28: Cheese + Rose


Even before Shakespeare introduced “a rose by any other name” into every high school’s curriculum, the aptly dubbed “Queen of Flowers” had a storied past. Cleopatra covered the floor of her palace room with petals before Mark Antony came to visit. Roman emperors hung rosebuds on ceilings to remind party guests to keep mum about […]

edible insects

Great 28: Cheese + Insects


Hear us out—edible insects aren’t as intimidating as you might think. In fact, a 2013 United Nations report estimated that at least two billion people worldwide eat insects regularly. Once you get past the mental block, you’ll find that insects are packed with protein and nutrients, plus interesting flavors that play nicely with cheese (really!). […]

digestif

Great 28: Cheese + Digestifs


Yin to the aperitif’s yang, the digestif appears at the end of a meal with the purported aim of aiding—what else?—digestion. A European tradition, the drinks blended into American consciousness during the late 19th century and have recently begun edging into the spotlight, riding the coattails of the craft cocktail revolution. While the aperitif is […]

cheese and matcha

Great 28: Cheese + Matcha


Matcha—an electric-green, hyper-concentrated green tea powder—has leapt the Pacific from Asia. Its superfood status has likely bolstered its recent popularity in America; green tea was already healthy and celebrated, but matcha is believed to be even higher in antioxidants than whole green tea leaves. Matcha’s natural caffeine is accompanied by vitamin C, potassium, and amino […]

cheese and hops

Great 28: Cheese + Hops


Beer is hoppier than ever. There’s a hop for everyone—and a cheese to match.

cheese and octopus

Great 28: Cheese + Octopus


Cheese is an unexpected match for this meaty mollusk.