Tag Archives: Cheese

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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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 Winter Cheese Plate

                    Frankly, the winter has been quite wintry. With the weather circumscibing my social life, I was beginning to feel somewhat cloistered. So when I got an invite to an evening of football – viewed on a really large screen – and chili, I unhesitatingly accepted. […]

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Three for the Solstice

I was going to a small Solstice Eve dinner. Of course, I would bring the cheese. I wanted cheeses that would be perfect for summer – either fresh or, if aged, at their peak. So I was off to Central Bottle and Provision to consult with David, my favorite cheesemonger. Central Bottle always has an everchanging […]

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His Birthday Cheeses – or In Spring a Man’s Fancy Turns to Goat

Lingot du Quercy, Roves des Garrigue and Georgia Pecan Finally, the ordeal of moving behind me, I was heading out of town for some R ‘n’ R in the country. (And no, that’s not Rock ‘n’ Roll.)  Before hopping on the Pike, though, I stopped at Central Bottle to procure some cheese from David, the shop’s affable and extremely […]

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Say Cheese

On Sunday April 11th, The Bueno Queso Social Club held the inaugural meeting of its fourth year. Previously, I’ve written about my passion for cheese  and the  BQSC in the post  “It’s the Most Wonderful Class of the Year“. Now, once again, we were gathered for further gastronomic adventures with Robert at the helm ably complimented by […]

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