Fall 2011 Culture Magazine

August 28, 2011

The Lady and I subscribe to Culture Magazine, the top-selling magazine dedicated solely to the slow food closest to our hearts: cheese, glorious cheese!! The fall issue mentions The Lady and moi, your not-so-humble Feline Foodie… please buy a copy and read the latest news about “Milk’s leap to mortality”.

Also, on page 107 there is a picture of two of the important players in making cheese for Rogue Creamery: one is a gentle animal who gives more than takes from the earth… and the other is a cow…

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The Lady and I have spent quite some time this morning reading many articles about Sally Jackson and the E. Coli outbreak traced to/blamed on her and her cheesemaking facility. In August, The Lady had the great pleasure of tasting Sally’s raw milk sheep cheese and proclaimed it one of the best cheeses she has ever eaten. She stands by this statement. She told The Man, “You know how your brain can recall a smell or a taste… I can still taste Sally’s cheese in my mind… it was that good.”

Without getting into how The Lady feels about the US government, aka the “rat ass bastards” (her opinion and certainly not mine, your humble Feline Foodie), The Lady contends there are two sides to every story and somewhere in between lies the truth…

We found an article written by Lynne Terry of The Oregonian which traces how scientists were able to “track” this outbreak back to Sally Jackson cheese. We thought you might enjoy it as well:

“In the past few weeks, scientific sleuths in Portland helped solve a mysterious outbreak of E. coli in a multi-state investigation that involved a wedding in Washington state, dumpster diving in Yamhill County and cheese samples at a gourmet store in Seattle.

The investigation was sparked by two unrelated cases in Roseburg and ended in an outbreak that sickened eight people in four states and the recall of all of cheese made by a highly respected raw milk cheesemaker in north-central Washington.

Getting to that recall — of Sally Jackson cheese — took a lot of footwork, phonework and guesswork on the part of Oregon Public Health and other state and federal agencies.

To this day, no one sickened remembers consuming Sally Jackson cheese. But epidemiologists managed to pinpoint it anyway…”

Please read the entire article by clicking here. (It’s worth it, really.)

Our thanks to Lynne for this article. You can follow her at Twitter: Lynnepdx

At cheesemonger.wordpress.com, we reached 100,000 unique hits today and in the past 2 and ½ years we have reviewed more than 750 cheeses (that’s a lot of cheese love…). We have written more than 450 posts about cheese and created 30 pages of additional cheesy information and our never ending passion for all things cheese.

We also Tweet at Twitter as “Cheesemonger” and have more than 2000 followers.

The Lady and your favorite Feline Foodie were honored to be recognized for simply writing about what we love when Culinary Arts College named our weblog one of the “50 Best Cheese Blogs on the Internet” and Cheeseball.org selected us for their “Top 60 Cheese Blogs”.

In addition to spell-checking my writings about cheese, The Lady visited Wisconsin in May and toured BelGioioso, Sartori, Salemville and Roth-Kase Cheese Facilities courtesy of DPI and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. She also attended her first Cheese Trade Show in Madison and had dinner at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

In August The Lady, The Man and I headed north for The Lady to attend the American Cheese Society’s 2010 Cheese-a-topia and Festival of Cheese in Seattle. The Lady hung with all the Cheese Swells while I hung with The Man and reported from a Cheese Bunker somewhere in the Seattle Suburbs. I’d like to suggest that the ACS be more selective in the future when choosing hotels for their conferences. Why??? Well, the Seattle “No Pets” Sheraton prevented me from attending the festivities and that was just plain wrong.

Thanks to all our loyal readers and stay tuned… The Lady and I have lots of new cheese adventures planned for 2011!!


2010 was a great year and best wishes to all in 2011 from The Lady and your favorite Feline Foodie, Spaulding Gray!!