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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:29

Peasant-Chic

By Rachael Lucas

For some of us, winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 13:42

Delectation in The Underbelly

By Rachael Lucas

People frequently ask me what to pair with the cheese that they are purchasing. 

Monday, 18 November 2019 13:58

Just Keep Tasting

By Rachael Lucas

It’s officially here—the dreaded cold season. Every Autumn, I can expect to spend a few weeks in snotty misery, and this Fall was no exception.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:11

Freak the Funk

By Rachael Lucas

Stank bomb.  Beef loaf.  Pew puck.  Dookie disc.  Whatever you want to call it, washed rind (or smear-ripened) fromage epitomizes the distinction of stinky cheese. 

Monday, 22 April 2019 22:32

Tabula Rasa

By Rachael Lucas

In April, we stir into our vivacious spring selves. Seasonal grumps grow out of their glum funks, and lulled lazy winterers transcend their sopor.

Monday, 08 April 2019 12:51

Cheese Lady Goes to Romania

By Rachael Lucas

Romania kind of got the shaft. It is situated, strategically speaking, in a military sweet spot.

Monday, 25 February 2019 15:53

Don’t Be Sheepish

By Rachael Lucas

Sheep’s milk cheese is both my favorite and least favorite. When it is good, it’s superb, and when it’s off, it is, in a word, offensive.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:04

Get Behind the Rind

By Rachael Lucas

Husk. Coat. Bloom. I called it skin before I knew the appropriate term for that bizarre superstratum that exists on cheese.

Monday, 07 January 2019 14:05

Pining for Alpine Cheese

By Rachael Lucas

Hooray, it’s cold outside! Let's embrace the chill because during the winter months, cheese that gets devoured with fervor is that of the Alpine variety.

Monday, 24 December 2018 20:48

Adria, an Organoleptic Champion

by Rachael Lucas

Organoleptic is defined by Merriam Webster as “Being, affecting, or relating to qualities (as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs."

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