Creta Roble: Warmth and Romance on an Iowa Winter Night

I fell in love with Ambrosio–just the name conjures up rugged romanticism–when reading The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti.  It is the true story of a world-famous cheese made in the rugged landscape of Spain’s hot Ribera del Duero region.The cheese was said to hold magic, made by a man of mystery and intrigue,...

Tarima Monastrell and The Magic of Soup

Getting sick when the air temperature was -21F was good timing.  It gave me a very good excuse not to go out in the frigid, not-fit-for-humanity, conditions. As temperatures began to moderate, and my uncontrollable coughing was slowing down, we made soup.  A warming soup, chock full of all things immune boosting. At the...