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Crispy Cheese Technique

I love tips and techniques used to increase food quality, especially things that take little time, don’t cost a lot of money, and don’t expand your food prep time much.  It can be tiny things like a napkin folded into an unusual shape, butter in a little crock or precise knife cuts in a salsa.  […]

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Easily Make Fresh Mozzarella At Home!

Making Mozzarella is fun, a great little party trick and really delicious. It’s a bit of work, but well worth it. Once you do it a few times, it becomes fairly easy, especially with the microwave. All you need is some whole milk (raw or pasteurized) and a few “helpers”: vegetable rennet, calcium chloride, and […]

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Saag Paneer-Greens and Indian Cheese

Now that you have made Paneer, how do you use it? In my pre-chef life, I had the good fortune for many years of spending multiple weeks each year in India, specifically Mumbai. Because I traveled so much, my boss wanted to make my time outside the office enjoyable. He knew I loved to cook […]

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Pasta with Asparagus and Fresh Lemon Ricotta

By now, many of you should have tried your hand at the homemade ricotta recipe that I blogged last week. Easy, right?  There are many recipes for using the ricotta.  Especially good is using the cheese as a base for Bruschetta and topping it with tomatoes, eggplant, olives or any number of other enhancements. But […]

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7 Easy Steps for Making Ricotta Cheese at Home

Cheese. Yum.  Homemade cheese?  Really?  Yes!  Fresh homemade cheese is actually quite easy and very inexpensive to make at home.  Over the next few weeks, I will be making Ricotta, Buratta, Mozarella and the Indian cheese, Paneer.  Plus, I’ll be giving you a few recipes using these cheeses.  Today’s cheese will be Ricotta. Fresh Ricotta […]

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