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Great 28 Pairings: Sotol


If you’re unfamiliar with sotol, you’re not alone. The earthy, smooth-sipping spirit, derived from the spiky evergreen of the same name, is native to the northern Chihuahuan Desert (which today includes the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Nuevo León, and San Luis Potosí, as well as parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona). […]

Great 28 Pairings: Sarsaparilla


When you think “sarsaparilla,” do you hear Sam Elliott’s dusty drawl? Yosemite Sam’s flustered bark? Though more easily found in old Westerns than on supermarket shelves, this soft drink is uniquely suited to modern amaro-loving palates. Sarsaparilla gets its name from the dried root bark of Smilax ornata, a trailing vine native to parts of […]

Great 28 Pairings: Rauchbier


Smoked beer is often brushed off as a gimmick, but its origins are decidedly functional. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, malted grain for beer was dried either in direct sunlight or over an open flame, resulting in a smoky flavor no matter the beer style. But with the advent of Daniel Wheeler’s malt-drying drum kiln […]

Friends in Ferment


If you want to get along with someone, you need something in common. Fortunately, nibs and curds share not only an abundance of flavor, but the very source of that flavor: fermentation. Both chocolate and cheese are the result of what many affectionately call “controlled rot,” and you can’t make either without bacteria and time. […]

Cheesy Dishes to Make During Self-Quarantine


If you’ve got piles of pantry staples and lots of free time on your hands right now, you’re not alone. A small silver lining to this age of self-quarantine is that bit of extra time for experimenting in the kitchen. We’ve got some ideas for recipes to elevate your mundane canned, frozen, and otherwise shelf-stable […]

In Queso You Missed It: March 8th


March is here, which means February (a.k.a. National Potato Lovers Month) is behind us. But real potato lovers know this versatile starch should be celebrated year-round, especially with cheese: like in this Creamed Spinach Twice Baked Potato recipe (which you should definitely make for dinner tonight).  In other cheese news: There’s a new cheese vendor […]

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 […]

Rising Star: Avery Jones


Photographed by Jennifer Olson When Avery Jones’s phone rang at midnight on August 2, 2019, she was in bed at the University of Edinburgh. It was lights out, but Avery wasn’t sleeping. She’d flown to Scotland just a few days prior with her high school theater group, who’d been selected to perform in the largest […]

In Queso You Missed It: December 1st


November is officially behind us, which means so is National Stuffing Month. If you feel like you haven’t gotten your fill, check out our cheesy Stuffed Parrano Pumpkin recipe to keep the tastiness going through the rest of the holiday season.    In other cheese news: A cheese delivery van driver was pulled over after […]

New on the Market for Winter 2019


We’ve rounded up six hot products to look out for on your next shopping trip. Made with wildflower honey and red raspberries from Chile and Mexico, Raspberry Mead from Long Island-based Beacon Meadery has us dreaming of warmer weather. Pair the boozy, honey-forward pour with something sharp and salty, like aged gouda or Pecorino Romano. […]