All about cheese by Tami Parr of the Pacific NW Cheese Blog

Tami is an expert on everything cheese in the Pacific Northwest, and has written some excellent articles for us - Selection, storage, handling, etc.

Cheese – Care and Storage


This article from 2006 by author Tami Parr of The Pacific Northwest Cheese Project answers many questions about the care and storage of cheese. Let’s start with a basic precept: cheese is high maintenance. From production to storage to consumption, cheese demands the full attention of the cheesemaker, the … [Read more...]

“Fromage” For The iPhone

Apple iPhone

Lots of people seem are talking about the iPhone, so I decided to take a look at a few new applications. This is the first of those reviews. As the name suggests, Fromage is a cheese reference/database. At this time the program includes 225 French cheeses by region, 90 from Spain, 95 from Italy and 85 from the … [Read more...]

What Does Cheese Mean?


A certain euro-centrism reigns in cheese appreciation circles. When I think of good cheese (really good cheese), what immediately comes to mind is an imaginary French or Italian sheep’s milk gem crafted from the milk of herds grazing in the Alps. On some level, there’s a logic to this; European cheese-making is a … [Read more...]

Interview – Steve Jones of Cheese bar


Note: Steve's Cheese moved, expanded and now serves sandwiches and small plates. The name has changed to Cheese Bar. The new address and other information is below. A couple of weeks ago, Steve Jones celebrated the one year anniversary of Steve’s Cheese, his cheese and cured meats shop located in Northwest … [Read more...]

Michael Talks Cheese


Dear Diary: Today I went to a cheese festival. It was sort of like Disneyland for cheese lovers, and I left feeling a lot like I do after a visit to the Magic Kingdom–exhilarated and slightly sick to my stomach. The annual conference of the American Cheese Society-yes, the one and only, accept no substitutes-hit … [Read more...]

Five Oregon Artisan Cheeses You Shouldn’t Miss

Bandaged Wrapped Cheddar

by Tami Parr Now that spring has officially arrived you’ll be seeing more and more local cheeses in stores as Oregon’s artisan cheesemakers go into full production for the year. You might even say cheese season has arrived! And with the start of the Portland Farmer’s Market (as well as others around the area) local … [Read more...]

Cheese and the Seasons


You might notice that you aren't seeing as much local artisan cheese in stores the past few months. Winter months divulge cheese-making secrets: it’s a seasonal activity. Goat and cow milk production naturally follows seasonal cycles, waning in the fall and winter and escalating in the spring and summer after … [Read more...]

On the Price of Cheese

Tami Parr Artisan Cheese Book

By Tami Parr In my last discussion about cheese here at Portland Food and Drink, several commenters mentioned price as a big part of their decision to buy (or not to buy) domestic artisan cheese. This intrigued me, so I’ve been pondering the issue for awhile. The first part of my thinking involved some retail … [Read more...]