Monday, November 18, 2013

Last Saturday I had the great pleasure of meeting Sister Noella, aka The Cheese Nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. This visit came about after Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill had made me wonder what kind of fungi were growing on the cheeses I make, especially the Ouleout. When we met in Brooklyn at a cheese fair a few weeks ago he wondered if the white mould on the cheese was Geotricum candidum or mycodore. When I relayed this event to a distributor in Connecticut who buys my cheese and is a friend of Sister Noella, he offered to introduce me to her so I might be able to find out what is growing on the rind.
Well, find out I did. Sister Noella, who is an expert on cheese surface ripening organisms, was so kind to invite me to her laboratorium to examine the cheese. The fungus growing on the cheese turned out to be Geotricum candidum (see last photo).

Below is a link to a recent article about her.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A cheese named Miranda

Last December, Miranda, my wife, died. She was a big supporter of my cheese making venture and a beacon for me to hold on to when I was overcome with doubt. One of her wishes was for me to make a cheese and name it after her. Here it is at the Bedford Cheese Shop in New York City. She would have been very happy and extremely proud that I have come this far.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

When I first started mingling with fellow NYC cheesemakers, one name repeatedly came up in conversation. "Have you heard of Jos?" they would ask, then recount the legend of a man making exceptional cheeses and aging them somewhere under the sidewalk in Brooklyn.

Read the whole story here:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cheese has Arrived

Long I have not posted, awaiting the good news. Finally it has arrived. Cheese is in the stores!