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Rambling through the cheese section of the new Whole Foods market in Pasadena is an excerise in delerium. Should I get the sharp farmhouse cheddar I know? Should I try the oozy sheep’s milk raw I’ve never heard of? Blue with veins or white with orange rind??? Then, the little cheese that was meant for me appeared. Cardona with a cocoa powder rind. What a miracle of subtely - no sharpness to the flavor of the cheese, no bitterness from the wrapping of the cocoa. Richness all around. How did they do that?? Thank you, my new friends at Carr Valley. For great scoop on cheese, visit Culture Magazine at

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Comment by Susie Norris on July 13, 2009 at 1:21am
I met Stephanie at the Fancy Food Show. Small (and delicious!) world. I'm hoping to do a story on them for Zester Daily (new food/wine/culture site launching in August). Will keep you posted!
Comment by Clay Gordon on June 17, 2009 at 11:38pm
No - Thalassa Skinner (editor) is one sister-in-law and Stephanie Skinner (publisher) is the other.
Comment by Susie Norris on June 17, 2009 at 9:39pm
NO WAY!! That's so cool! I just had dinner with Elaine & Kate (editor & cheesemonger). Are they your family/friends?? Culture is a great magazine - original & informative & so yum to look at.
Comment by Clay Gordon on June 17, 2009 at 3:41pm

Thanks for the plug for Culture Magazine - one sister-in-law is the publisher and the other is one of the editors! It's a family thang.

:: Clay

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