Behind the Scenes at California’s Organic Cowgirl Creamery

Dedication to local ingredients, experimentation, tradition and science provides the foundation for this beloved brand

Encased in a white bloomy rind, Cowgirl Creamery’s signature, triple-cream Mt Tam on a Rustic Bakery cracker with a dab of Jamnation‘s seville orange marmalade is more than the perfect mouthful, it’s also a taste of Northern California. Pairings with neighboring collaborators (be it bakeries, farmers, winemakers and beer-brewers) have always been integral to the mission of Cowgirl founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith and …

Synthetic Biology’s Quest for Lab-Made Dairy

It isn’t as if alternative options aren’t prevalent—plant-based milks line the shelves, drawn from soy, almonds, oats and just about everything else. But the proteins in these liquids differ heavily from true dairy. As the New York Times points out, “Researchers at several start-up companies, including New Culture, have begun producing these [true dairy] proteins in the lab, with the aim of creating a new …

Inside the Uniquely Norwegian Home of Jarlsberg Cheese

Where dedication to craft, ingredients and a well-kept secret recipe makes all the difference

Year after year, Norway consistently tops “Best of” lists in a wide variety of categories. From healthcare to education, the fjord-laden Nordic nation of just over five million people often scores top honors thanks to rich natural resources and a strong culture of inclusiveness and equality. When it comes to dairy products though, Norway is nowhere to be found. Despite the country’s rich soil and …