Archive for December, 2009

Ralph with Santa

Ralph the Wonder Dog went to visit Santa today at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

Ralph with Santa Salls

Ralph with Santa Salls

I know I’ve said it before, but this is one of the best dogs ever. Ralph is a gentle and sweet dog, and such a great companion. We learned this week that he may have the early stages of degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease that German Shepherds are predisposed to. We’re taking steps to delay the onset of symptoms, including diet and exercise. Hopefully we can keep him as healthy and mobile as possible for a while.

He is an amazing dog, I’m so lucky he picked me.

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12 2009

Cheese, please…

In the latest chapter of the “just to see if I can” series of home cooking experiments, I attempted homemade cheese.

It’s very, very simple, and I made a fairly dry ricotta cheese–it actually reminded me more of a queso fresco than ricotta, but I think that’s because I let the curds go a little longer and squeezed it while draining the whey off…

Homemade ricotta.

Homemade ricotta.

All you really need to do is heat whole milk, a bit of cream, and salt, then add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. Stir, allow curds to form, then strain into cheesecloth in a strainer.

Close up of strained cheese...

Close up of strained cheese...

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12 2009