Anna Thomas Bates

Anna Thomas Bates

location-pin Verona, WI

School: Brown University

Expertise: Cooking Techniques; Recipe Development

Anna Thomas Bates

  • More than 10 years as a food writer and recipe developer for brands like Taste of Home, Serious Eats and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Blogger at Tallgrass Kitchen
  • Co-owner of Landmark Creamery, a small cheese company
  • Winner of awards at four consecutive Grilled Cheese Championship contests in Wisconsin


A lifelong Midwesterner and lover of all things food and agriculture, Anna ties in all her interests as a writer and business co-owner. You’ll find her freelance bylines at Taste of Home, Serious Eats and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. When she’s not developing recipes or writing, she’s running her company, Landmark Creamery, with her business partner. The small cheese company aligns well with Anna’s love of local food—she gets to work with family-run dairies to aid a sustainable local economy in her hometown. Before opening her business, she wrote a weekly cooking column under the same name as her food blog, Tallgrass Kitchen.


Brown University, bachelor's in environmental studies

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Articles & Recipes

What Is Comté and How Do I Use It?

Here's everything you need to know about comté, including how it's made and what it pairs well with.

How to Make Burrata at Home

With fresh mozzarella curd, heavy cream and salt, you can learn how to make burrata cheese in your own kitchen.

Burrata vs. Mozzarella: What’s the Difference Between These Italian Cheeses?

Burrata vs mozzarella? It's a matter of what's on the inside, but both are outstanding fresh cheeses for showcasing stunning vegetables or your favorite olive oil.