Fromagination blog: The little sheep at Nettle Meadow Farm

Another post from the Wandering Cheesemonger finds her now interning at a goat and sheep dairy/cheese maker in Thurman, New York (upstate): Nettle Meadow.  Below is her first communication from midst of the New Yorkers: At Nettle Meadow, cheese chaos is the rule. There are three floors of people running around, making jokes about ‘cutting…

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The Wandering Cheesemonger has wandered back to Wisconsin in time for winter.  She offers this advice for the season: Fondue is the perfect decadent treat for a cold winter’s night, traditionally eaten in mountainous regions where a good cheesy meal could help ward off the snow and ice.  A lot of people come to me…

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Cheese-making in Brittany, France

In this fourteenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger,  our blogger on the dairy scene, Grace, heads toward the spiritual side of cheese. If I were to try and convince someone of the existence of a higher power, I would do so through the miracle that is cheese.  Without prior knowledge, who could possibly imagine that…

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French Cheesemakers Frederic & Marisa Thomas

In this thirteenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger,  Grace, the ever-observant blogger, admires the process followed by her mentors. Marisa and Frederic Thomas never imagined themselves as ‘paysannes’, raising goats and making cheese for a living.  They originally bought two goats to keep their horse Histoire company, not intending to even have to milk them….

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Buffalo on Farm in France

In this twelth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, Grace, our blogger whose mission is cheese, examines the mysteries of making good cheese. About two weeks ago, Marisa walked out of the laboratory looking frustrated and stressed. For some reason, the buffalo mozzarella wasn’t coming out right, and she had had to throw away all of…

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The Wandering Cheesemonger feeds the kids

In this eleventh edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our blogger Grace explains a familiar concept: “High quality in = high quality out.” After almost two weeks at the farm, I’m exhausted but happy, spending my days caring for and milking goats, bottle feeding the kids, and working in the lab. Marisa has been teaching me…

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Three Delicious French Cheeses

[Note: We are weeks behind in posting Grace’s tales…but set to catch up quickly!  The image above is provided by the Wandering Cheesemonger.] In this tenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our blogger-on-the-road, Grace, arrives in France and is greeted with some famous friends. After a whirlwind of rushed re-organizing sparked by the French Consulate…

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[Note: The image above is of Martone, a cow-goat cheese from LaClare Farms, one of the more “interesting” looking cheeses at Fromagination.] In this ninth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, tells us what your cheese choices may tell others…. What does your favorite cheese say about you? My talent for small…

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Buffalo in the pasture

In this eighth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, examines a very different source for mozzarella cheese…. A few weeks ago, I bought my ticket to France, which means I’ve finally locked in my summer working at Chevrerie de la Baie, the small goat and buffalo farm that I worked on two…

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[Note: The image above is of Crottin de Chevre, a goat cheese by Xavier David, soon to be sold at Fromagination.] In this seventh edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, discusses about the work that went into French goat cheese…. This past week I tasted some palhais, a small goat milk round…

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