When Communities Work Together

When Communities Work Together

As I sit here, I’m finding it difficult to write an editorial about cheese when so many people are facing devastating circumstances from Hurricane Harvey. One of the first things that comes to mind is how we take basic necessities for granted – clean water, medical care, safe places to gather, our homes and food – and how we should never be so complacent that we forget what can be ripped apart in an instant.

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Specialty Cheeses At ‘Deep-discount’ Prices

Specialty Cheeses At ‘Deep-discount’ Prices

For most consumers, the day is long past where the only place to purchase specialty cheese is a high-end specialty store. The news reports are filled with speculation as to how Amazon’s expected takeover of Whole Foods might impact both organizations and their offerings. That is for the future… immediately, though, consumers are being offered a new opportunity to shop at “deep-discounter” retailers.

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How To Be A Cheese Snob

How To Be A Cheese Snob

Most people don’t care for snobs, unless you are the cheese snob. In that case, you are a favorite party friend who will always be asked to bring the cheese plate. The trick to becoming a working snob is to understand the basics and have four or five favorites that you know by name and cheesemaker. For simplicity’s sake, the seven categories are: Blue cheese, Cheddar, Alpine, soft-ripened, washed rind, Gouda and fresh goat. Continue reading →

Our Love Affair With Microbes

Our Love Affair  With Microbes

We gaze at each other from the far corners of the universe. We are adversarial friends. Microbes bring disease and foodborne illnesses. Given half a chance, they make the world moldy, and fungus reminds us of athlete’s foot and icky toenails. Mites make for nightmares. Yet, without their relatives, humans would die. The friendly beasts are our closest friends and partners in life. Continue reading →