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Beguiling Bog Butter


Bright, shiny objects in museums are sexy. You don’t need to read the placard posted on the display case of a golden chalice or necklace to know it’s important. Grimy, obscure objects, however, require some background to achieve significance in the eye of the beholder. In spite of this bias, a rugged mass of holy-cow-what-is-that? […]

Bucking Tradition (and Brexit)


Cheesemaker Mike Thomson produces Northern Ireland’s only raw-milk cheese, and now grapples with the politics that could affect his business.

Goat Cheese from The Cheese Man of Aran

The Cheese Man of Aran


A visit with the man making incredible goat cheese on the edge of the world…

Cahill's Whiskey Cheese

Whiskey Cheddar is the Ultimate St Patty’s Day Cheese


With St Patrick’s day upon us, I’m craving all kinds of Irish cheeses right now. From creamy Cashel’s blue to classic Kerrygold cheddar, I want it all. But there’s one cheese in particular that just screams St Patrick’s Day: Cahill’s Original Irish Whiskey Cheddar. Although it sounds like some trendy new cheese invented for our modern […]

Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers

Meet the Makers of Ireland’s First Artisanal Blue Cheese


We’ve had five days of quality assurance visitors,” says Sarah Furno, co-director of Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, when I meet her at her dairy in Tipperary, Ireland. “It’s been very, very, very intense.” Furno, who crackles with energy and is as passionate about her business as any artisan you’re likely to meet, seems OK with intense. […]