I Majored In Cheese


"The Process" Photo: Courtesy of Fiore di Nonno

Today has been all about cheesemaking.  We started the morning with an interview and drool session with Lourdes Smith of Fiore di Nonno.  Her skill is incredible and her stories even better.  Soon we’ll share all the goods with you.  In the meantime, you should try to catch some of her public cheesemaking demonstrations.  Look for more information at: www.fioredinonno.com

When you hang out with Lourdes…

You learn a LOT.   In just a little over an hour, I realized there was a lot to cheese in New England.  Check out these interesting links.

-Did you know University of Vermont has an institute for artisan cheesemaking?  For real.  Check out the VIAC program here.

-I am dying to try the Shy Brothers Farm “Hannahbells.” Two sets of fraternal twins working on their family farm churn out these mini dairy delights.  Have you tried them?

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.

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