Archive for March, 2008

28
Mar
08

More Cheesemakers!

I traveled back to Eastern Wisconsin to meet with a few more cheesemakers. We met with several, and they were all helpful and gracious about all our cheese questions. We saw brick cheese being pressed with real bricks by Joe Widmer at Widmer’s cheese. He had a wonderful plant – small and Efficient. It is also nicely set up for visitors to see the cheesemaking processes, and he has a great little video that explains the background of his plant. If you are ever in South Eastern Wisconsin, make sure you visit his plant in Theresa, WI.

And we  also met with Kerry Henning who told us about his mammoth wheels of cheddar (up to 12,000 lb). He was so great about using his hands to explain what the process is like for the cheese, and I love this series I took of him with the large cheddar wheels aging in the background. He has a wonderful factory in Kiel, WI, just East of Lake Winnebago that sports a new retail shop with windows onto the cheesemaking plant and a great display of vintage cheesemaking implements.

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24
Mar
08

Christa & David’s Engagement Photos

I had a great time taking photos of Christa and David at Como Park on a recent rainy Saturday. We had a really fun time talking about their wedding (around Marshall, MN) and also the farm where David works (I am hoping he can help in my quest to stop destroying gardens!) I had the most fun when we got outside, as Christa and David had matching leather jackets that, coupled with the overcast sky, made the shoot pretty rockin’

23
Mar
08

More from the Cheese Book

We have made a few more trips around Wisconsin, most recently to the World Championship Cheese contest in Madison.

While we were there, we were lucy enough to be invited to view some more cheese plants on a tour with the international judges from the contest.

Not only did we get to see the inner workings of more cheeseplants, but we also learned the basics of how to grade cheese.

This is a photo of cheese being submerged in brine while it is pressed.

We also visited the home of Limberger cheese again, and I shot some fun details from around the plant. I love all the stamps they use to mark the cheese packages.

07
Mar
08

Emily & Kurt’s Engagement Photos

I had a great time last weekend with Emily and Kurt. They are getting married in August, but since they wanted to take their engagement photos in March, we chose the Como Park conservatory to spend the morning.

We did have to avoid some of the throngs of families there to enjoy the frog-related festivities, but the nice warm feel of the tropic gardens was a nice change from the long winter here.

07
Mar
08

My niece has a hard time

I tried to take a family photo of my brother and his family. Unfortunately, the time of day couldn’t have been worse for my little niece. She is normally such a little pleasure, but she decided that having her photo taken was the worst thing that had ever happened to her. I wish we were all so lucky!

05
Mar
08

Driftless Region of Wisconsin

We traveled around the southwestern part of Wisconsin talking with cheesemakers there. The area is gorgeous, mostly because through some fluke of nature it was untouched by the huge glaciers that mostly smoothed over the rest of Wisconsin.

We talked with several folks, including Myron Olson, one of the Master Cheesemakers at Chalet Cheese, the only makers of Limburger left in the country.

We also talked with Carrie Wagner, a Master Cheesemaker at a large company. She showed us what to look for when grading cheese and also graciously let us try some of the wonderful aged cheddars.

We also went to Cedar Grove Cheese, outside Plain, Wisconsin. Bob Wills had built up his business to use mostly organic and rBGH-free milk, with an emphasis on sustainability. Not only is the aged cheddar fantastic, but he also has a green water treatment facility on the grounds.