Cheese Grotto™Journal

My Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate. You're welcome.

My Guide to Pairing Cheese and Chocolate. You're welcome.

Featured in photo above: Milène Jardine Harvey Wallbanger chocolate truffle and Délice de Bourgogne triple cream cow's milk cheese. Cheese and Cho...

My other product invention: Gruyère Cheese Caramel

My other product invention: Gruyère Cheese Caramel

Authentic Gruyère A.O.P. from Switzerland. Heavy Cream. Milk. Caramelizing Sugar. Sea Salt. This caramel is infused with Gruyère, resulting in a b...

Video: Goat Cheese's Signature Flavor Profile

Video: Goat Cheese's Signature Flavor Profile

Ever noticed the inherent "goaty" characteristic of goat cheese?  Join me as I taste 3 different goat cheese styles and dig a little into the scien...

Video: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Video: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Strongrope Brewery

Microbrews and specialty cheeses are a joy to pair together.  Both are more complex and nuanced in flavor, texture, and body than their more conven...

Preserving Different Styles of Cheese in the Grotto Pt. 1

Preserving Different Styles of Cheese in the Grotto Pt. 1

Naturally-made cheese is a complex food.  I designed the Grotto as a tool for becoming more acquainted with that wonderful complexity.  As a chees...

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

American Bloomy Rind Tasting Notes

Developing a Cheese Palate Developing a cheese palate takes time, and it takes complete immersion in a vast variety of dairy.  When I started work...

Two Grottos are better than one for Raw Milk Cheese Day.

Two Grottos are better than one for Raw Milk Cheese Day.

The Case for Raw Milk Cheese Imagine a world where raw milk cheese is outlawed.  Imagine a world where in order to enjoy a raw milk delicacy, you ...

Building #ThatCheesePlate into a Grotto

Building #ThatCheesePlate into a Grotto

When I designed the Grotto, I set an intention to make the cheese humidor as multi-functional as possible.  This is why I designed the cheese boar...

Fondue is not for the faint of cheese heart

Fondue is not for the faint of cheese heart

A couple of weeks ago, I curated a fondue party at my house as a last celebration of winter, and to explore the chemistry of melted cheeses.   We ...

Mascarpone Stuffed Gougères with Salty Caramel and Poached Pear

Mascarpone Stuffed Gougères with Salty Caramel and Poached Pear

This recipe was inspired from this past year’s American Raw Milk Cheese Tasting.  For the fourth and final course, we were tasting Bonnie Blue ...