Raclette, that’s French for scrape…

by Alexander Kast in Cheese

One of our most popular cheeses this time of the year is our French Raclette (which coincidentally is on Special at $10.99lb, normally $13.99lb), a robust, funky cheese used to make the iconic gooey dish of the same name.  The word Raclette translates from French to mean “scrape” (or “squeegee” according to Google Translate), which is how the dish is prepared. 
The story goes that a couple of French guys in… read more

Monte Rosola and Il Poggione

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer

 The second half of my Italian vacation took me to a lovely vineyard and winery just outside of Volterra, Monte Rosola (www.monterosola.com).  The owners, Gottfried and Carmen Schmitt, were most hospitable hosts.  When we arrived it was an absolute deluge, so rather than wandering the vineyards we were treated to a spectacular Tuscan lunch while tasting through the Schmitts’ lineup.  This included several… read more

Italy: Sights, Sounds, Culture and Flavors

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Having just returned from a spectacular trip to Italy, it seems only fitting to dedicate the next few blogs to the wonderful sights, sounds, culture and flavors of the various regions visited. I made the trip with three close friends; we started in Venice, arriving in the early evening to stroll the ancient alleyways (no room for vehicles here) and canals looking for a restaurant recommended by a native Venetian friend.… read more

Autumn Brews

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Written by Rosiland Schwartz Southern Season Beer Geek
Fall is finally upon us, gentle readers, and with the changing seasons comes a tidal wave of new and exciting fall beers. If you like to drink seasonally, like I do, you’ll already have downed a few Märzens and a few Pumpkin beers, but you may still be wondering about the origins of those styles and what makes them so popular today. Well, wonder no more! What follows… read more


Susan Hearn

Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Wooden Spoon
Micro Plane
Vita Mix
All Clad Pots
What is your favorite culinary destination?
 Greece – I know it is really a country not a city but the whole country is smaller than any state in the US.  I love the island cuisine.  How fresh and natural all the food is there.
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
The smell of cinnamon,… read more


by Alexander Kast in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese

 It’s that time of the year! Uplands farm, makers of Pleasant Ridge, an amazing pasture fed cow’s milk cheese is releasing their third year of Rush Creek. It’s definitely the “hot” cheese with write ups in New York Times  and Bon Appetite, but the hype is matched by a superior cheese, so no need to eat your words, unless you really, really want to!
Rush Creek is produced only in the autumn, when the… read more