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All the Winners from the American Cheese Society Awards


Photo credit Bob Montgomery Last weekend, the culture crew attended the American Cheese Society conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an annual gathering of makers, mongers, buyers, distributors—basically, anyone in the North American cheese industry. It might sound boring, but the ACS conference is actually a total party. We cheese people gather to do things like nerd […]

cheese and cannabis

4 Dope Cheese and Cannabis Pairings


Cheesemonger, Cheesemonger Invitational champion, and cannabis aficionado Jordan Edwards describes four perfect weed and cheese pairings.

What Exactly is a “Sharp” Cheese?


People often talk about how “sharp” a cheese is. What is sharpness, exactly?   “Sharp” is a colloquialism. Typically we don’t use it when judging or grading cheese, and it has no legal definition. You’ll hear it most often in the context of cheddar, where it’s sometimes synonymous with “aged.” For example, young cheddars are called […]

Natural Mimolette

Have You Met Mimolette?


With a pocked rind and unmistakable orange interior, Mimolette is one of France’s most easily-identifiable cheeses. Traditionally produced in the northern French county of Flanders, this pasteurized cow’s milk cheese is generally believed to be an interpretation of the Dutch cheese Edam. In the 17th century, France was importing significant quantities of cheese from the […]

room temperature cheese

Is Cheese Better At Room Temperature?


Some cheeses are best straight from the fridge, while other types of cheese might benefit from warming to room temperature.

Dorothy Demeter

The Trailblazing Woman Who Dreamed of Cheese


Dorothy Demeter was born into the cheese world. After all, her family ran the Illinois-based Kolb-Lena Cheese Company. Born in 1932, Dorothy tended chickens on the farm as a child; she’d visit the plant and watch her father design cheese cutters, until eventually she joined him on his rounds. When Dorothy, an only child, grew […]

Cheese on Tap: How to Pair Cheese with Stout


Within the next 24 hours, you’ll likely find yourself with a pint of dark Guinness in your hand, toasting in memory of Saint Patrick. Of course, the obvious question will inevitably come to mind: would cheddar, or perhaps something more complex, pair well with that rich beer you’re guzzling? And if Guinness is not your stout […]

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 […]

Moldy Cheese

Ask the Monger: Is the Mold Growing on My Cheese Dangerous?


Is the mold growing on my cheese dangerous? It’s not uncommon to open a piece of cheese in your fridge and find a bit of white or blue mold growing on the surface. Your first reaction might be to throw the whole thing away, but you don’t have to. They’re harmless, and a very common […]

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, a Creamery by the Sea


On a chilly, fog-shrouded morning, it’s easy to miss the turnoff for Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. Nestled among the rolling hills of Marin County, approximately 45 miles north of San Francisco, the farm and creamery are situated out of view of the region’s main thoroughfare. Here, above the long, blue stretch of Tomales Bay, […]