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Ruminations: Precious Objects


Wheels aging in Formaggio Kitchen’s cheese cave I work for a museum and run a visual arts magazine. Each week, I attend several exhibition openings, talks, or workshops, and if there’s one thingI can count on, it’s that a mediocre cheese board and a too-sweet bottle of Pinot Grigio will be present. When I’m on […]

Hold the Nuts: It’s Time We Addressed Vegan Cheese


Illustration by Erin Wallace I’m not a vegan. I’ve become an “accidental” vegetarian (acci-tarian?) at times due to limited funds and my general fear of cooking meat. But while I respect the reasons people might electively eschew animal products, I lack the fortitude to pass up late night emergency mac and cheese in favor of […]

Ruminations: My Mom’s Weird Dairy


This is a story about one of those things I wish I’d appreciated about my parents as a kid, but instead felt totally mortified by. I was never a “cool kid.” I got glasses in fourth grade, which was the same year I started the growth spurt that put me well over five-and-a-half-feet tall before […]

Gender Bias Blues


Gender discrimination in the cheese shop shows itself in myriad ways. Most of the time it looks like a series of micro aggressions, so deeply melded into daily routine you can almost convince yourself they never happened. But it can also be intentional: a pointed, weaponized action. Discrimination by no means ends with gender: Racism, […]

Ruminations: Getting My Goats


Culture contributor Lauren Gitlin reflects on her relationships with cheesemaking legends Mary Holbrook and Laini Fondiller.

Illustration of a hand holding a paint roller applying a rainbow of cheese-inspired colors

Paint Inspiration: 50 Shades of Cheese


Choosing the perfect shade paint inspires a trip to the cheese counter for mouth-watering color inspiration

Pregnancy Manchego

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Manchego


Pregnancy requires moderation in many things…caffeine, alcohol, plane rides. Thankfully, buttery, creamy Manchego is there to soothe the cravings.

Ruminations: Melting Pot


Culture contributor Jamie Hunyor shares his first encounter with raclette, a gooey melted cheese scraped over potatoes.

My Childhood as an International Cheese Smuggler


Fond memories of smuggling caciocavallo cheese over the Canadian border.