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My Singular Cheese Plate – Harbison

 Typically, when I compose a cheese plate, I chose three different cheeses in order to contrast or compare. I usually begin by deciding which of the cow-sheep-goat trinity to present – one, two or all three. Next, I think about styles – fresh, cooked, aged, washed rind, bloomy rind, natural rind. Seasonality is a further consideration […]

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Help is Available – Navigating the Holidays with Whole Foods River Street

The season of festivities is underway. Are you hosting a holiday gathering for friends, family, co-workers? Are you experiencing “menu anxiety”? If this be the case, turn to Whole Foods River Street to make your party menu planning stress-free. The store can assist you in designing a menu and even providing  beverage selections for all budgets and diet preferences. […]

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Holiday Cheese Tasting at Central Bottle and Provision

As Bubble said to Eddy, “Party, party, party, party”. The end- of- the-year season of celebration is upon us. If you’re hosting a gathering, rather than overly stressing yourself  by attempting to recreate the menu at Per Se, relax and offer a few well chosen cheeses  and various accoutrements – mostardas, olives, white anchovies, breads. […]

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My Indian Summer Cheese Plate

  The weather had been wonderfully unseasonable. A friend from the Rockies had just quit her job and sold her house – she was retired! – and was on a swing through New England to visit family and friends, then on to Block Island for a week long stay. A dinner party – albeit small […]

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My Summer Cheese Plate – Breakfast in the Country

  From top left clockwise – Vermont Dandy, Verhampshire, Hildene Farms Chevre  Each August, I spend time with a friend at her cottage located in one of the hill towns of Massachusetts. I eagerly anticipate this visit – the evergreen forest, the cool un-airconditioned nights, the ability to clearly see the Milky Way and its billions of stars and […]

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He Said, She Said – L’Espalier Argentina Wine Monday

L’Espalier Wine Monday Argentina The Menu First Pairing 2010 Crios de Susana Balbo, Torrontés, Salta Apple Street Farm Greens with Shaved Carrot and Rhubarb Second Pairing 2009 Alfredo Roca, Malbec, Mendoza Roasted Lamb Sausage with Pearl Barley, Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Third Pairing 2009 Jean Bosquet [sic], “Reserva”,  Malbec, Tupungato Valley Grilled Flank Steak with […]

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My Reunion Cheeseplate – a Local Trinity

 Late May, rituals of academia – commencements and their subsequent spawn, reunions. It was a milestone year for my graduating class – a celebration was certainly in order. My circle of friends and associates had not been joiners during our college years; rather, we were independent and somewhat rebellious and occasionally sullen. So, we weren’t planning […]

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My All-Goat Easter Cheese Plate

I wanted to provide the perfect – or at least memorable – ending to the Easter dinner I was invited to share with friends – herbed-crusted leg of lamb, red bliss potaoes roasted with the lamb and green beans with Roquefort and walnuts. Thus, I went to Central Bottle and Provisions to consult with my go-to cheesemonger David […]

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Seasonal Cheese Class at Central Bottle – “Mold in Relation to Cheese”

   It was geek night at Central Bottle and Provision – an evening devoted to the microbiology of molds complete with slides and cultures! I was happy. Usually, cheese classes might touch upon the molds that make cheese possible, but the discussion can be cursory. Ditto for cheese books – either they veer towards the […]

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My Mid-Winter Cheese Plate – An Italian Trio

It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. A friend called –  he was making coq au Vin and would I want to join them for dinner? Of course I would and I would provide the cheese course. My friend makes outstanding Coq au Vin – that icon of French bourgeois cuisine – using a recipe from Madeleine Kamman […]

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