On The Oregon Cheese Trail

Award-winning offerings wow patrons coast to coast

On The Oregon Cheese Trail

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to taste a smoky, sweet, fudgy piece of rogue creamery’s smokey blue, cold-smoked for 16 hours over local hazelnut shells in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. Or savor some Lorelei, a small square loosely inspired by a robiola, but made in Dundee, OR by Briar Rose Creamery. It’s washed in Steam Fire Stout, a beer made at nearby Fire Mountain Brewery, and exhibits funky, citrusy, balanced and lovely notes. Or perhaps you wisely stock your fridge with Tillamook’s Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, made from their own high-quality, super fresh milk and aged for about 15 months to coax out tons of complex savory, nutty flavors. Continue reading →

New York’s Sprout Creek Farm

Where education and award-winning cheeses inspire kudos

New York’s Sprout Creek Farm

When I arrive at Sprout Creek Farm in New York’s Hudson Valley just outside of Poughkeepsie, it’s snowing for the first time this season. The grey sky blankets the farm’s rolling 200 acres with gentle white flurries. The last of fall’s vibrant foliage blazes from the trees. It’s gorgeous here.

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Lebanon Cheesemaking Traditions

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Lebanon Cheesemaking Traditions

Recently, I made a spontaneous decision to travel to Lebanon, which turned out to be a revelation in cheesemaking. This was prompted by my partner, who was attending a last-minute wine trip in the country during a week we were planning to spend together.

After he asked me what I thought about joining him on an excursion to this Middle Eastern country, it took just a split second of consideration before I booked my flights. Prior to leaving, however, I began my research and discovered that Lebanon was richer in its food and wine culture than I could ever imagine. Of course, being a cheese professional, my vested interest was in this region’s cheese scene.

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Ski Town Cheeses

An itinerary for cheese-loving skiers

Ski Town Cheeses

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that one of the very best parts of winter is skiing. But it’s not just the swooshing down the slopes that gets me excited for snow; it’s also the culture surrounding ski resorts. There are the woodsy, rustic alpine cabins nestled into the sides of the slopes, where dark IPAs flow from brass taps. And there are the chic wine bars, circled around fire pits, where women in black spandex pants and white furry hats sip pinot noir in the cold. And of course, there are the countless cabins, where exhausted skiers doze off fireside, with mugs of hot chocolate in their hands. Continue reading →

Minneapolis — Hidden Cheese Gems In The Midwest

Wisconsin’s neighbor touts cheesy delights of its own

Minneapolis — Hidden Cheese Gems In The Midwest

As an internationally renowned heavyweight, Wisconsin is the Midwest’s undisputed champion of cheese. But don’t overlook its scrappy western neighbor. In Minneapolis, an urban creamery, a vibrant dining scene and bustling cheese shops put Minnesota on the cheese enthusiast’s map. True, winters can be brisk, but that’s nothing a locally-sourced cheese plate or a bubbling pot of fondue can’t fix.

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