Friday, November 19, 2021


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OUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT STILTON TOOK US TO SECOND MOUSE CHEESE SHOP in Pleasantville-----and we found it---their Stilton comes from Colsten Basset Creamery---and it is superb.

There will be more from our visit to Second Mouse here at Everything Croton in the weeks ahead. 

But for now, here's more about Ivy Ronquillo and Second Mouse Cheese Shop 

Cheese Shops We Love: Second Mouse Cheese ... “I love these eureka moments in human history,” says Ivy Ronquillo, proprietor of Second Mouse Cheese, in Pleasantville, New York, referring to the serendipitous creation of cheese. She’s also enamored with food history, “the warmth of food, and how it brings cultures together, all somehow, some way.” Her singular charm and obvious delight in discussing cheese imbue her shop, helping to develop a steady following since opening in April 2019 in this northern New York City suburb.

Owning a specialty cheese shop was a dream of Ronquillo, who left a 20-year advertising career to attend culinary school. She worked as a pastry chef in top NYC kitchens, eventually transitioning to the corporate side of restaurants, namely for chef Terrance Brennan of Artisanal and Picholine fame. There she was drawn to cheese, “to dive much more deeply into a niche topic that has roots that are thousands of years old,” she reflects. MORE FROM THE CHEESE PROFESSOR

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