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Ruminations: Getting My Goats


Culture contributor Lauren Gitlin reflects on her relationships with cheesemaking legends Mary Holbrook and Laini Fondiller.

Pregnancy Manchego

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Manchego


Pregnancy requires moderation in many things…caffeine, alcohol, plane rides. Thankfully, buttery, creamy Manchego is there to soothe the cravings.

Ruminations: Melting Pot


Culture contributor Jamie Hunyor shares his first encounter with raclette, a gooey melted cheese scraped over potatoes.

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Ruminations: How A Bowl of Cheesy Pasta Made A Bad Date A Little Better


When I first moved to New York City, I did what any single person would: I downloaded Tinder. And, like many users, I went on bad date after bad date. My “settled” friends got a kick out of my stories. Tales of disappointing evenings became my party trick. One winter, I met a very interesting […]

Ruminations - Government Cheese

Warm Memories of Government Cheese


Anyone who’s ever had a good subsidy knows the magic of “government cheese.” For those who don’t know, it resembles cheddar in texture but is not unlike Velveeta; it’s vaguely processed but with a resistant, hard-cheese feel. It’s orange in the way that traffic cones and Donald Trump are orange and comes in large, rectangular […]

A Childhood Romance with American Cheese


Stealing Slices When I had a slice of American cheese in my hand, all was right with the world. It was summertime and I had spent the day swimming in a friend’s pool. At the barbecue, each child was handed an individually wrapped cheese slice to place on a hamburger. I had never seen cheese […]

Boudoir Cheese Model

Ruminations from a Boudoir Cheese Model


In the winter of 2016, a friend told me she was setting up a boudoir photo shoot for a cheese spread and needed a human model to go along with the wedges. I was flattered that she thought of me and figured that my garter belt could always use some more airplay, so I accepted. […]