One great thing about Just Spotted is that we have the chance to cross paths with amazing people that have unique talents. I want to introduce you to Heather; she is a member of Slow Food OC and also teaches an amazing cheesemaking class:

I began making cheese with Rikki Carroll’s 30-Minute Mozzarella Kit (available at in 2005. Since then, I have embarked on a lifelong love affair with cheesemaking. I regularly make soft cheeses at home such as mozzarella, fromage blanc, and sour cream, and for the last couple of years I have been experimenting with aged cheeses. I won Best in Show for my mozzarella in the Orange County Fair “Say Cheese” Fair Theme Competition in 2008. I especially enjoys creating mold-ripened cheeses such as camembert and I am currently experimenting with goat milk cheeses.

What I enjoy most about cheesemaking is sharing the process with others. Cheesemaking is not a secret process known only to select initiates but something many people all over the world did and still do at home every day. I hope that every one of my students makes cheesemaking part of their kitchen repertoire once they discover how quick and economical it is to make soft cheese at home.

My next class in the City of Orange will be held on Friday, August 14 from 7-9pm. For more information, visit or contact me at
xoxo, C (and Heather)