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Ruminations: My Mom’s Weird Dairy


My mom taught me so many lessons, both purposefully and by osmosis, but her kitchen-based teachings are what stuck with me the most.

Ruminations: Getting My Goats


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

Pregnancy Manchego

Ruminations: 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


The “world’s best mac and cheese” makes a bad Tinder date a little better.

Ruminations - Government Cheese

Ruminations: Warm Memories of Government Cheese


Writer Tracey Lynn Lloyd reminisces on the role that Government cheese played in her first cooking experience.