Cover Stories


Kim Mack, founder, Scratch Made Life Kim Mack, founder of Scratch Made Life, which offers online and in-person cheesemaking classes, could not have seen where her life was headed when she began her business almost four years ago. An army veteran, she worked in a police department, on an ambulance

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Feature Stories

Lapland Squeaky Cheese Crosses Continents

Kaffeost (Juustoleipä) has become one of Wisconsin’s most popular novelties after a successful pilgrimage west. Lapland’s magical Christmas connotations make it seem like the stuff of fairy tales. It’s easy to imagine Santa’s workshop and brisk sleigh rides; the Northern Lights dancing over crisp snow and herds of reindeer. In

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The Great Grana Padano

A pillar in traditional Italian cuisine. Lidia Bastianich’s earliest memories of eating Grana Padano cheese were right after World War II ended. Bastianich, now a best-selling Italian cookbook author and award-winning TV chef, was six years old at the time. She was living in her native Pola, now part of

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Cheesemaker Profiles

Finding a New Career

A fortuitous ad led a Boston couple to take over Westfield Farm and embark on a lifetime of creating goat cheese. Bob and Debby Stetson had been in the shipping business for most of their lives when they sold their business and were looking for a new venture. Debby started

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A Phoenix Rises

Hartington Creamery returnsStilton making to Derbyshire. Ryan Gee’s recollection of the day the old cheese factory in Hartington, England closed its doors for good is fuzzy at best. He was, after all, only 12 at the time. But he does remember what it did to the parish he grew up

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Centerfold Cheeses

Hidden Springs Creamery: Ocooch Mountain Grande Reserve

The love of Uplands Creamery’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve is what prompted Westby, WI-based Hidden Springs Creamery’s owner Brenda Jensen to venture out into the world of washed rind cheese production. “That was the inspiration for Ocooch Mountain Grande Reserve, so I worked on a similar recipe,” she says. “The problem

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Cypress Grove: Fog Lights

Arcata, CA-based Cypress Grove, launched Fog Lights, its newest addition to the award-winning Humboldt Fog family of cheeses, last summer in response to a rapidly changing market. “We heard our customers’ need for retail-ready, grab-and-go cheeses, and we rallied our teams to develop and launch Fog Lights in just a

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Where's my Cheese?

New Mexico

Artisan Goat Cheeses of New Mexico

With cheese from New Mexico, the environment makes the differenceExtreme diversity distinguishes the southwest from other U.S. Regions. I-40 (old Route 66) splits the Southwest into two distinct environments: the northern divide has cool climates, tall pines and mountainous terrain, for example, in Santa Fe and Flagstaff. The southern divide

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Richmond: Cheeses Abound in this Foodie-centric City

Take a tour of a region filled with history and traditionThe stately city of Richmond lies at the heart of Virginia’s agricultural region. Given that local chefs and food producers have access to the finest fresh ingredients, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the community of 220,000 is experiencing a renaissance in

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Cheeses Of The Beehive State

The quietly growing, deliciously quirky world of Utah cheese
There are plenty of things utah is known for: wacky liquor laws, hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, superior dental hygiene à la the Osmond family, and phenomenal light-as-air powder widely proclaimed as “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

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The Blessings of Cheese

Another COVID variant, more fears, more worries… and yet. Perhaps what we have all learned is our enormous ability to adapt and succeed. Some of

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Guest Columnists


Eating Out

Raising the Bar

Murray’s Cheese Bar LIC opens a Long Island City flagship restaurant combined with a retail store and its first full-service bar. Murray’s Cheese has expanded greatly since it was first opened as a single-store retailer located in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1940. Today, in addition to its original

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Liquid Indulgence


Wine from Long Island

See what treasures this unique region has to offerCelebrated wine aficionado, Ron Kapon, who is known in wine circles as the Peripatetic Oenophile — the traveling wine expert — answers questions that Cheese Connoisseur readers have asked.

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Cooking with Cheese

Fondue Entree - Roth Cheese

Fondue Re-Do   

See how this favorite has been updated for today’s taste preferences.Recently, I’ve noticed fondue sets, including a pot, table stand with burner and color-coated forks, are being sold in cookware shops and online again. I say “again” because a couple of times in my past, serving fondue was all the

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Retailer Profile

Orrman’s Sets Out to Educate Its Customers

This Charlotte, NC cheese shop provides productand insight on all things cheese. As North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte is steeped in history and culture. The third fastest-growing city in the U.S., and topping the country in Millennial occupation, this town is extremely ripe for cheese sellers. Rachel Klebaur was

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