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I was on NPR’s All Things Considered!

I still can’t believe this happened but it did and it was awesome.


So neat to hear about it from friends sitting in traffic before I even heard it myself. Listen here!  I tell the story of my Smokey Cheater. Spoiler alert, I was trying to make cheddar in one hour. FAIL. But that fail got me on this show. See? Failing can be great!



My Radio Interview by Kid Chef Eliana

Lots has happened since the last time I posted! My book tour for One Hour Cheese started so that has kept me very busy. I went to Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Napa and more! Catch up on my events page. There are several recipes from my book shared by the bloggers on my blog tour so it’s totally worth a look if you’ve been considering buying the book. They all took beautiful photos and gave their own twists to the recipes! I love that. One-Hour Cheese 3D cover 2.4.2014

What inspired me to finally post today (other than a break from travel) is a radio show interview I did with Kid Chef Eliana! It was such a fun experience and I have to say, she was more professional than other adult operations I’ve witnessed! It blows my how much kids have at their fingertips now. To think that I never had a cookbook, a cooking TV show to watch, the internet or even foodie radio shows like hers growing up. Incredible. I had limited supplies but I had my grandma, my mom, my appetite and my hungry cousins and sister as inspiration.


I’m expecting some seriously good cooking (or other skills) from all you resource-rich kids! 😉 You can listen here. The first 22 minutes are all about my business and book and some fun questions she had for me like who would I share dinner with if I could choose anyone and my biggest kitchen disaster! Then at about 40 minutes, she makes my No Bake Tarts along with the Fromage Facile used to make them.









This is a pretty cool show for any kids you know who may be aspiring chefs or just love good food- maybe even awesome to play in a classroom while kids draw or something.  It could inspire them to start their own podcast on their hobby! Just amazing that it can be done so easily isn’t it? That works for adults too btw. 😉 Super cool! Speaking of super cool, hope you’re having a great summer! Remember this is the ideal season to enjoy and share fresh cheeses like mozzarella and ricotta with fresh basil, juicy tomatoes and other summer delights. Til next time dudes, Claudia


TV Cheese in 6 Minutes!

I did it! My live TV debut on AMNW happened this morning. My head, neck and stomach still hurt at 1pm! It went well enough though. We talked about my book, One-Hour Cheese, the Powell’s event this week and we made cheese- in 6 minutes!

It was fast-paced and I was nervous that the milk was not at the right temperature yet, so when they yelled, 30 seconds to air, I screamed sh*t!!!!! That’s why you hear some laughter when my segment begins.

It’s kind of a secret but I have a potty mouth under stress… I’ve tried to train myself to say cute things like cheese and crackers!, which would be especially appropriate, but when I’m stressin’ all training goes out the window! So, if you ever hear me exclaim, cheese and crackers!, you’ll know what I really mean. 😉

Hope to see you at Powell’s Books this Wednesday, 5/7 at 7:30pm. I’ll make cheese of course, you’ll get to eat and ask questions if you got ’em. This is my big book launch week in Portland, OR- weeeeeeee!

Etsy made a short documentary about my cheese kits!

Hi everyone. I’m so happy to tell you that my business was chosen for an Etsy film. Not sure how well-known these films are but they are really inspiring and artistic. All are posted on the same Vimeo channel. The Etsy team clearly has a love for making good films and telling stories. This is not just a commercial- it really conveys my interest and beginnings in cheesemaking as well as the larger part it plays in my life. I’m very proud to be a part of this film project.

Eric and Dan followed me for a couple of days; we went to the Montavilla Farmer’s Market, one of my classes and my friends’ Linda and Mike’s goat milk farm (Terra Farma) where I got the pleasure of bottle feeding a baby goat!

Hope you enjoy the film. Claudia

DIY Cheese Kits on Daily Grommet- inventions, innovative products, good gifts…

Update- the VIDEO reviewing my kits is out. Watch me be nervous and blink way too much! This is what happens when you make things after work, late at night! Ha. They did a good job and even made cheese though!

I’m excited to share some great news: Friday 4/15, beginning at noon (EST), 9am for us west coast folks, and running throughout the weekend, Daily Grommet ( will feature our DIY Cheese Kits!  Daily Grommet is a new company with a mission to find unique products and share their stories through video, blog, and an active community discussion.

I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by when our kits are being featured.  It would be wonderful to hear your thoughts, reflections, and feedback and to add them to the conversation – it’s really easy to leave a comment in the “Talk about this Grommet” section.  And if you want to make sure you don’t miss our feature, just sign up for the daily email from Daily Grommet.

After our time on the Daily Grommet homepage, you can still find our DIY Cheese Kits under “Recent Grommets” or within the shopping categories.  Feel free to comment there – Daily Grommet customers often search through this area of past Grommets looking for great gift ideas and special treats for themselves!

Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see you at Daily Grommet! (I’ll be there commenting as well.) Claudia

Some Braggin, AKA Press

Could it be? Cheese kit on HGTV?!

Chili Queso

Mix herbs or spices in for unique flavors. I added smoked chili powder to this wheel.

Happy autumn all! Just a quick announcement before the holiday weekend. They can’t confirm yet, but it’s possible our Paneer and Queso Blanco Cheese Kit will be on an HGTV holiday gift countdown this Friday! They can’t tell me until the last minute but it’s already on their site for sale,


If this happens, I assume we will be extremely busy. Buy your holiday gift kits now and avoid the rush in a few days! Enjoy good food, good people and lots of cheer tomorrow and the entire season. Claudia

Food Lover’s Guide to Portland Includes Urban Cheesecraft!

Urban Cheesecraft has been very lucky to be welcomed into Portland’s amazing food crafting and food loving community from the start.

I was thrilled to be contacted by Liz Crain a while back, author of the soon to be released Food Lover’s Guide to Portland. She included our kits amongst her findings! If you’re local, she’ll help you discover delicious adventures, if you’re not local, it’s an awesome guide to our city.

Share your cheese stories with other food crafters, support Liz’s book and our business and attend a unique launch party! What a treat!

Food Lover’s Guide to Portland– Book Launch Party
Fortune Tattoo, 1716 East Burnside St., Portland, OR
Thursday, July 1st — 6-9pm
Food. Drink. Music. Books.

ps. This article on UCC was recently printed in Lake Tahoe’s Moonshine Ink.

OMG, we’re on TV!

channel 8 news piece

Hee hee, check out a clip of channel 8’s little piece on our first Urban Growth Bounty Class in Beaumont.

Twenty of us had fun in our home ec/art room. We made 4 varieties of paneer and queso blanco including some herbed wheels shaped in molds and a delicious pan-fried variety that we sprinkled curry powder onto. Sooo good.

Hope to see you in a class soon!