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Great 28 Pairings: Potatoes


According to the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru (which has preserved almost 7,000 varieties of potatoes), “More than a billion people worldwide eat potatoes, and global crop production exceeds 300 million metric tons.” Originating from the Andes region in Peru and Bolivia, potatoes became one of the world’s most important crops when the Spanish […]

Shop Talk: New York Shops


Astoria Bier & Cheese Astoria, NY For Astoria Bier & Cheese, it’s all about craft. Since its first location opened in 2012, ABC has been a reliable source of local brews, artisanal cheeses, and cheese-forward sandwiches. While their cheese and charcuterie offerings are fairly global in scope, owner Rick White and his team have a […]

Sustainable Meat at Every Meal


Photographed by Adam DeTour; Styled by Kendra Smith Americans eat a lot of meat. In fact, the US is consistently one of the top five meat-consuming countries in the world, yet we spend less than any other developed nation on meat and poultry. So how much of that meat is actually sustainable? And what does […]

The Empire (State) Strikes Back: A roundup of New York cheesemakers


Although Vermont is usually recognized as the leader among northeastern artisan cheesemakers, the great state of New York is running a close second. Home to countless acres of verdant pastureland and rolling hills, the Empire State has long been steeped in dairy farming tradition and can now boast a number of dedicated artisan and farmstead […]

Best Regions: New York


If you want to make a name for yourself, you head to New York, and the cheese industry is no exception to this rule. With the nation’s fourth largest cheese output, New York is home to 4,650 dairy farms, some of the nation’s (dare we say, the world’s?) most reputable cheese shops, and the man […]

Queso Without Borders: “Hispanic Style” In America’s Dairyland


Southern Wisconsin’s rolling hills first attracted immigrants from impoverished regions of Switzerland in the mid-19th century. They quickly set about turning rich soil into pasture and, ultimately, cheese. The legacy of Swiss immigration, which continued into the early 1900s, thrives to this day. It fuels the economy, culture, and tourism. Swiss flags hang in town […]

Best Sweet Accompaniments 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a salty craving, we’ve got you covered with our picks for this year’s hottest cheese pairing. MAST CHOCOLATE Mount Kisco, NY Chocolate and cheese are old friends. But to keep things from getting stale, mix it up with an unlikely flavor, like Mast’s Olive […]

Best Savory Accompaniments 2019


Photographed by Nick Surette Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a salty craving, we’ve got you covered with our picks for this year’s hottest cheese pairing. TROIS PETITS COCHONS CHARCUTERIE New York, NY Trois Petits Cochons makes quality pâtés and charcuterie that loves cheese—try pairing their smooth and subtly sweet Mousse Royale au Sauternes […]

Cheese Plate: Cool Blue


Few things divide turophiles like blue  cheese; creamy wedges laced with blue and green veins either make people lick their lips in anticipation or scurry away with a quick “no, thanks.” Grace Pullin, head cheesemonger at Talbott & Arding in Hudson, New York, says that encouraging customers to try even a mild blue requires a […]

Queso Without Borders: Who Really Makes the Milk?


What would the Vermont dairy industry look like without immigrants from Latin America? For Will Lambek, an organizer at Burlington, Vermont-based nonprofit Migrant Justice, the answer is simple: “It wouldn’t exist, at least in its current form,” he says. Vermont needs immigration because Vermont needs milk. It’s the state with the heaviest reliance on a […]