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Author: Jenn Mason with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

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curdcast is an entertaining look at cheese and pairings, brought to you by the people make curdbox, the monthly subscription box of artisanal cheeses creatively paired and ready to plate. Each episode brings you behind the scenes of a different cheese and pairing story, with maker interviews, witty banter and cheesy fun.A perfect listen for cheese lovers and foodies alike.
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It’s our final month of 2020, which means we deserve something special. Lucikly, our Cheers box is just the ticket! In this episode you’ll hear Jenn and Julie chow down on Kerrygold’s Dubliner with Irish Stout, an Irish cheddar-style with a malty side, Fior d’Arancio, an Italian blue blue that’s bathed in wine and topped with orange peel, and El Piconero al Cognac, a sheepy fella that took a long dunk in some cognac. Our pairings are Spanish Cocktail Mix by Mitica, Sweet Sangria Olives by Divina, and Classico Taralli by Mitica. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
It’s our final month of fall, which means it’s time for a Joyful Harvest. In this episode you’ll hear Jenn and Julie chow down on Morbier, a creamy AOP cheese out France that has just a little bit of funk, Leonora, a gorgeous soft-ripened goat cheese from Spain; and Tintern, a Welsh-style cheddar with chives and shallots mixed right in. Our pairings are Butternut Pepitas from Stony Brook, Sweet Corn Crackers by Craize, and Fallot’s Tarragon Dijon Mustard. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
October has arrived, and this month’s box is Halloween Quaranteen, with three cheeses dressed up in Halloween’s banner colors. In this episode you’ll hear Jenn and Julie chow down on the Black Knight Tilsit, an Austrian cow’s milk cheese wrapped in all-black wax; Sottocenere al Tartufo, a soft, truffle-infused cheese from Italy; and Chimay Vieux, a bright orange cow’s milk cheese made by the Trappist monks at Scourmont Abbey. Our pairings are the Blue Plum Spread by Dalmatia, Picante Salami Chips by Piller’s Black Kassel, and Poppy & Pepper Crispy French Waffle Crackers by Tréssors Gourmands. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
September, the herald of autumn, is here, and we have a box to help welcome in the new season. This month, in our Too Gouda To Be True box, we have three goudas from three different milks that all bring a different kind of sweet, caramel nuttiness that loves to pair with those classic fall flavors. In this episode you’ll hear Jenn and Julie chow down on the gentle-as-a-lamb Lamb Chopper, a sheep’s milk gouda from Cypress Grove; a little-bit-tangy a little-bit-sweet Honey Bee Goat Gouda from Cheeseland, and a Prima Donna, a highly lauded cow’s milk Dutch gouda with Italian influence. Our sweet and nutty pairings are Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs by Puffworks, Peanut Butter Frittle by Newfangled Confections, and Single Malt Scotch Caramels by McCrea’s Candies. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
This is it: the last month of summer. With our The Grate Outdoors box, we wanted something that could be easily taken on the go and be enjoyed in, well, the Great Outdoors. So lace up your shoes, strap on your backpack, and take a hike—with your box! In this episode you’ll hear Jenn and Julie chow down on three cheddars: a spicy number called Big John’s Cajun from Beehive Cheese, a highly successful experiment to blend the best of the world’s cheddars in Vat 17 by Deer Creek, and a formidable Cave Aged Cheddar, made by Cabot and expertly aged in The Cellars at Jasper Hill. Our three pairings are Fowl Capone Turkey Jerky by Righteous Felon, Pimento Cheese Kettle Chips by Lille’s Q, and Pizootz New York Dill-Infused Almonds by Mad Scientist Nuts. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
FRUITFUL – July 2020

FRUITFUL – July 2020

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Ooooh boy, we're in the height of summer now. And what’s more summery than fruit? The answer is: not a lot, which is why this July, we’re sending our “Fruitful” box to all of our curdbox subscribers. Get out your beach chairs and tune in to hear Jenn and Julie make their way through Young Mimolette from France, a four-cheese gouda from Holland called Fourmage, and a Basque cheese called Smoked Idiazabal. To add on, we have three fruity pairings: Dark Chocolate Vine-Dried Grapes from Life’s Grape, Sweetheart Dried Pomegranate seeds from the Trinity Fruit Company, and Passion Fruit Jellies from Maui Fruit Jewels. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! Note: There's was a microphone issue about halfway through, so you will notice a shift in audio quality.
Anyone else going stir-crazy indoors? Yes? We thought so. That's why this June, we’re sending our “Hillside Picnic” box to all our curdbox subscribers in hopes that you enjoy these treats outside. On the way there, you can listen to this episode, in which Jenn and Julie make their way through two Jasper Hill original cheeses, Bayley Hazen and Moses Sleeper, and one cheese aged at The Cellars at Jasper Hill, Landaff. This month we’re pairing with French Honey Balsamic Dijon mustard from Edmond Fallot, Saucisson Sec aux Herbes de Provence from NYC’s Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Sea Salt and Black Pepper Pistachios from the Gilded Nuts Snack Co. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! 
It's been a looooooong spring, and we all deserve a treat. That's why this May, we’re serving up our “Salted Chocolate” box to all our curdbox subscribers. In this episode, join Jenn and Julie as they nosh on Chocolate Capri by Massachusetts' Westfield, French Etorki by Fromagerie des Chaumes, and Buttermilk Blue by Wisconsin's Roth Cheese. This month we’re pairing with Mexican Chocolate Cha Chas from Lark Fine Foods in Massachusetts, Blackberry Raspberry Jam with Cardamom from California's Sutter Buttes, and Black Fig and Pistachio Dark Chocolate by Seattle's Jcoco Chocolate. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Social distancing has taken away so much, but this month at least, we’re not letting it take away our brunch. It’s April, and we’re serving up our “Brunch” box to all our Curdbox subscribers. In this episode, join Jenn and Julie as they nosh on Swedish Prästost by Norrmejerier, French Tomme Noire des Pyrénées by Onetik, and all-American Cranberry Chèvre by Montchevre. This month we’re pairing with Honey Heaven Roasted Seeds from Top Seedz, Almondina Cookies, and Noble Tonic 01 by Mikuna Wild Harvest. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
CUPPA JOE - March 2020

CUPPA JOE - March 2020

2020-03-1932:55

Ever wonder what happens when you get a cheese addiction crossed with a coffee addiction? You get this month’s box, that’s what. It’s March, and we’re pouring a CUPPA JOE for all our Curdbox subscribers. Listen to Jenn and Julie as they chow down on Curdbox’s “Cuppa Joe” edition. The cheeses in this podcast are: the all-American Barely Buzzed by Beehive Cheeses, Italy’s Sapore Del Piave by Mitica, and Holland’s Ewephoria by Cheeseland. These get amped up by our coffeelicious pairings: Potlicker Kitchen’s Coffee Jelly, Décor Chocolates No Bean Mocha Bites, and Small Batch Granola’s Coffee Bean Bark. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Like that childhood game Duck, Duck, Goose, the game this month is BUFALO, BUFFALO, GOAT—but everyone wins! Listen to Jenn and Julie as they chow down on Curdbox’s “Buffalo, Buffalo, Goat” edition. The cheeses in this podcast are all Italian: Caciocavallo du Bufala by Quatro Portoni Caseifico, Bufaletto by Caseificio Defendi Luigi, and Caciottona Capra al Fieno by Perperenzin. These mix and match perfectly with our all-Italian pairings: Grissini Breadsticks, Raw Forest Honey, and Prosciutto. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Let’s ring in the new year right with cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Listen to Jenn and Julie as they chow down on Curdbox’s “SAVORY WINTER” edition. The cheeses in this podcast are Jasper Hill’s Harbison from Vermont, Schärdinger’s Chorherrenkäse from Salzburg, Austria, and Agriform’s Trugole from the Asiago region of Italy. This month the cheeses are paired with Petits Toasts, imported from France and the perfect complement to creamy Harbison, and then topped with Walnut Dijon mustard, also from France, and Beretta’s Italian salami—it's an absolute umami trifecta. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Time for another cheese box with Jenn and Julie. Listen in as they munch through the "JUST DESSERTS" collection in the December curdbox. Cheese in this podcast include Roquefort by Société in Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon, Roomano Pradera by Cheeseland in Holland, and Organic Champlain Triple Cream by the Champlain Valley Creamery in Middlebury, Vt. The pairings in this podcast are decadent enough for the holiday season with Goat's Milk Caramel by Fat Toad Farm, Fruitons Sun-Dried Sweet Bing Cherries from Traina Foods, and Bobby Sue's Raining Chocolate Nuts. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along", subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Grab your herb loving friends, it's time for a new podcast with Jenn and Julie and we're having an "HERB PARTY" with this month's curdbox. Cheese in this podcast include Beehive's Squeaky Bee Curds, Cypress Groves's PsycheDILLic chevre, and Point Reyes's Toma Provence. The pairings in this podcast include the beautifully neutral crunch of Firehook's Sea Salt Crackers, Barnier Olives with Herbs De Provence, and Gilded Nuts's Mediterranean Herb Pistachios.  This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to eat along, subscribe to get your own curdbox at curdbox.com and #stopeatingboring.
Time for another cheese box with Jenn and Julie. Listen in as they munch through the "TEA TIME" collection in the October curdbox. Cheeses in this podcast include a 15 month aged Comte, Teahive Cheddar from Beehive, and Marin Petite Breakfast. The pairings in this podcast showcase the fun side of fall with Oatcakes from Effie's Homemade, White Tea and Tart Cherry jam from Quince and Apple, and Honey from Bee Seasonal. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along" subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! 
Time for another cheese box. This time with Jenn and special guest Lydia from The Urban Grape, an award winning wine shop in Boston!  Listen in as they munch through the "YES WAY ROSE" collection in the September curdbox. And as an added bonus this month, we're also sharing some Rosé wines to pair with the box.Cheeses in this podcast include Hay Flower Rebel by Käserebellen, Clover Blossom Honey Goat Cheese by Vermont Creamery, and Pave D’affinois by Guilloteau. Rounding out this cheese plate are Sweet and Salty Hazelnuts by Albina City Nuts, Peach Cobbler Jam by Potlicker Kitchen, and Salted Rosemary Shortbreads by Lark Fine Foods.The wines discussed are 2018 Bertani "Bertarose" Rose (Verona, IT), 2018 Division-Villages "l'Avoiron" Rose of Gamay Noir (Columbia Valley, WA), and 2018 The Little Sheep Rose (France). All for sale at The Urban Grape in the South End of Boston. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along" subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com!
Time for another cheese box with Jenn and Julie. Listen in as they munch through the "PIZZA PARTY" collection in the August curdbox. Cheeses in this podcast include Piave Vecchio, Pecorino Toscano Stagionato, and Fontina Val D’Aosta. The pairings are reminiscent of some favorite pizza toppings and include Tomato Jam by Blake Hill  Preserves, Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade by Sutter Buttes, and Sliced Pepperoni from Daniele Foods. Enjoy your grown up pizza party!This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along" subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! 
Time for another cheese box with Jenn and Julie. Listen in as they munch through the "BACKYARD BBQ" collection in the July curdbox. This month's box features 3 cheddar cheeses: Extra Aged Cheddar by Facerock Creamery, Roelli Haus Select by Roelli Cheese Haus, and Appletree Smoked Cheddar by Cow’s Creamery. Paired up are these tasty treats: Smoked BBQ flavor roasted corn from Love Corn, spicy Calabrese Sliced Salami byOlli Salumeria, and Piccalilli Resish with Habanero from The Good Jar.
Time for another cheese box with Jenn and Julie. Listen in as they munch through the "HERE COMES THE SUN" collection in the June curdbox. Cheeses in this podcast include two amazing Beemster goudas and an award winning, cheddar from Milton Creamery. The pairings are bright and cheery featuring Hot Cobb jam by Friends in Cheeses, sunshiny pineapples by Dardiman’s California, and sun-popped popcorn by Bjorn Qorn. This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along" subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! 
Listen in as Jenn and Co-host Julie Fei-Fan Balzer dive into the tangy May Curdbox. Whether you like things spicy or sweet, this box has something for everyone. Learn how parings and great examples of cheese, can make you think differently about what you put on your next cheese plate.Julie and Jenn try cheeses from Green Dirt Farm, Marieke Gouda and Shelburne Farms and then play with the pairings from The Matzo Project, Sante Nuts, and Maui Fruit Jewels.This is the podcast for people who like to eat cheese. If you'd like to "eat along" subscribe to your own curdbox at curdbox.com! 
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