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Ruminations: How A Bowl of Cheesy Pasta Made A Bad Date A Little Better


When I first moved to New York City, I did what any single person would: I downloaded Tinder. And, like many users, I went on bad date after bad date. My “settled” friends got a kick out of my stories. Tales of disappointing evenings became my party trick. One winter, I met a very interesting […]

Ruminations - Government Cheese

Warm Memories of Government Cheese


Anyone who’s ever had a good subsidy knows the magic of “government cheese.” For those who don’t know, it resembles cheddar in texture but is not unlike Velveeta; it’s vaguely processed but with a resistant, hard-cheese feel. It’s orange in the way that traffic cones and Donald Trump are orange and comes in large, rectangular […]

Art or Science: Reflections on Cheesemaking


Crafting a quality cheese is a daily lesson: A lesson in perseverance, patience, and people. I joined South Africa’s Klein River Cheese in June 2015 as a recently qualified food scientist; it was my first (real) job. The experience has been a challenge and a delight. When asked what it’s like to work here, the […]

A Childhood Romance with American Cheese


Stealing Slices When I had a slice of American cheese in my hand, all was right with the world. It was summertime and I had spent the day swimming in a friend’s pool. At the barbecue, each child was handed an individually wrapped cheese slice to place on a hamburger. I had never seen cheese […]

Madame Fromage - Cheese Blog

How to Write a Cheese Blog


Back in 2009, I began writing a cheese blog to record my mouse nibbles. I never expected to continue beyond a few months–especially since I didn’t know a thing about blogging, much less photography. Nine years later, I still look forward to sitting down to write my next post. Why? My site feels like an […]

Boudoir Cheese Model

Ruminations from a Boudoir Cheese Model


In the winter of 2016, a friend told me she was setting up a boudoir photo shoot for a cheese spread and needed a human model to go along with the wedges. I was flattered that she thought of me and figured that my garter belt could always use some more airplay, so I accepted. […]

vegetarian

Ruminations: Where’s The Beef?


How does a vegetarian survive in meaty Buenos Aires? The answer is simple: cheese!