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Keeping It Fresh


Photographed by Benjamin Wheatley Literally translated, queso fresco means “fresh cheese” and is a favorite in the Mexican kitchen. This cow’s milk wheel is often made at home, but you can also find it at your local supermarket chain or Latin grocery store. It’s slightly salty, milky, and extremely versatile—treat it like feta and crumble […]

Hot Cocoa, Two Ways


Though prepared differently all over the world, most cultures seem to understand the appeal of a steaming cup of cocoa. France adds vanilla, Austria adds egg yolk, some throw coffee in there, others top with whipped cream. For these two recipes, we looked to regions where cacao has been grown for centuries to see how […]

Tomato Braised Chickpeas with Queso Fresco and Lime


Green Chili and Queso Fresco Frittata


Photographed by Ben Wheatley

Grilled Zucchini with Cilantro Buttermilk, Queso Fresco, and Pine Nuts


Photographed by Benjamin Wheatley

Whipped Queso Fresco with Spring Vegetables


Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco and Sweet Peppers


The Road South: In Search of Mexico’s Wine Country


Photos by Benjamin Wheatley  My sister looked skeptical.“I don’t think this is the way,” she said. I looked down at Google Maps. The twisting network of roads meandered aimlessly with no real point of orientation. Looking up at the steep, dirt hill ahead and the cloud of dust that had gathered, I agreed with her […]

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 […]

Queso Without Borders: Se Vendo Queso Fresco


Consider yourself lucky if you’ve seen a sign with that phrase, which translates to “queso fresco for sale,” anywhere in the US. I used to see it often in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. Since I moved to Michigan, I started making my own cheese at home. I’ve still never found some of the more […]