• Blog,  Lessons,  Recipes

    How to Create a Harvest Cheese Board

    With (Canadian) Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I wanted to share some of my ideas for creating a harvest-themed cheese board. First, let’s break it down. Cheese boards can be made up of a variety of components, but every great cheese board contains the following five things: Great cheese(s)! Fresh bread and/or crackers Honey and/or other spread/preserve Fresh and/or dried fruit Other accompaniments (options include cured meats, olives, nuts/seeds, chocolate, etc.) Okay, but where to begin? It can seem a little overwhelming, but in my mind, there are two good places to start. Either begin with a theme you wish to use as inspiration for your board, or start with the cheese…

  • Adventures,  Blog

    Get Ready, Freddy

    Hey there! I thought I’d write today’s blog as a little throwback combined with a fast-forward. You’ll see what I mean. So when I went on my month-long trip to visit my partner in Fredericton, NB back in March/April, I wrote in another blog post that on my drive back to Kingston, ON I would be stopping at a bunch of cheese places throughout Quebec and blogging about them. Unfortunately, due to time and personal constraints, I was unable to actually stop anywhere (I had to do the drive by myself, which takes ~10 hours, and I wasn’t feel well so I just wanted to get home). However, I did…

  • Adventures

    Restaurant Review: Good Cheese, Toronto

    I’m back!!! And with a restaurant (review) post! Apologies for my extended absence. I’m not THAT sorry though – I just completed my Master’s degree!! I still have some writing to do over the summer for a publication, but the fact that I’m done the longest part (the 48,000 word document…) means I have a LOT more time to eat and blog about cheese, which is very exciting. June was a really big month for me – between my master’s degree completion, my 6-year anniversary with my wonderful partner, and my champagne birthday on the 25th, it has been FULL of celebrations. And by celebrations I mostly mean eating all…

  • Adventures

    YFC Burger Battle: Smokin’ Good-ah!

    Calling all (cheese)burger lovers! I have to tell you guys about one of the most delicious burgers I had yesterday. Don’t worry, this has everything to do with cheese. So I’m currently in Fredericton, NB visiting my partner who attends University of New Brunswick for law. The very first meal I had after arriving was at a restaurant & bar called The¬†Hilltop. Turns out, The Hilltop is participating along with more than 20 other restaurants in Fredericton’s “Burger Battle“. So naturally, I took advantage of the opportunity to try this delicious creation called the Smokin’ Good-ah burger (see? cheese! and even a cheesy pun!). The burger had a HUGE slab…

  • Adventures

    Burid: My Little Heaven in Iceland

    Hello fellow cheese lovers! It has been a looong while since I posted anything, but I swear, I have very good reasons for that! I am in the midst of writing my master’s thesis, after all. I am so excited to share my first cheese adventure with you! That’s a little misleading. This certainly wasn’t my FIRST cheese adventure. But it’s the first one I’m ever writing about for this blog, which is pretty exciting. So here’s the deal. I spent all of last week driving the Ring Road in Iceland with my bestie. It took us 5 days to see the entire country. Well, except for the parts in…

  • Recipes

    Chocolate, Brie, & Basil Panini Bites

    Alright, so I’m gonna warn you right now. After you eat this sandwich, you will dream of having it again every single day. It has the ideal combination of sweet from the chocolate, salty from the brie, and savoury from the basil and focaccia, and offers a perfectly balanced texture between melty cheese and crunchy bread. I am just slightly obsessed with this sandwich. Now I’m not ever one to plagiarize, so I must tell you that this recipe actually belongs to Giada de Laurentiis, a celebrity chef who has inspired my culinary life since I was just a tween. I would spend hours and hours watching Food Network Canada…

  • Recipes

    Creamy Goat Cheese, Spinach, & Thyme Scrambled Eggs

    Happy Monday! I’m hoping this delicious post will cheer up your Monday blues, whether you are on your commute now or browsing social media at work. And perhaps inspire you to cook yourself up something different for breakfast tomorrow! Trust me, even on a weekday morning you’ll have enough thyme to make these. These scrambled eggs are so simple, yet so tasty. Goat cheese is such a great way of livening up boring old scrambled eggs and turning them into something special. To me, goat cheese and eggs are a match made in heaven. Throw some fresh herbs in there and you have the perfect breakfast to start your day…

  • Recipes

    Champfleury Toast

    Ah, Champfleury. I mean, this is just melted cheese on toast – how can you go wrong? This post is more so an homage to Champfleury than it is a “recipe”, because it’s such a simple way of eating it. I simply sliced some of the cheese, smeared it onto some baguette, and placed it under the broiler until the cheese melted. Then I drizzled it with some delicious local honey, and voil√†. But Champfleury deserves more attention than a mere blurb about how to eat it (and by the way, you can totally just eat this cheese straight from the package without any melting or honey and it’s still…

  • Blog

    The Curd is the Word

    Well hello there! Thanks so much for joining me. I started this blog to document all my cheese-related endeavours. As a former cheesemonger, a present (and ever-) cheese-lover, and a future cheese entrepreneur (?), I thought, what better way to share all my cheesy secrets with you than through this blog. What you can look forward to from this website is some amazing cheese photos and recipes; blog posts about cheese adventures – including trips I take to eat cheese (at farms, stores, and restaurants); and eventually some videos with cheese lessons, so that you, too, can become a Curd Nerd (and impress all of your friends with your cool…