Posts Tagged ‘Food’

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

I kneaded to do this…

Oy, the puns…

For my birthday, I received a class on whole grains and baking at the the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich VT. What a great time! The class was instructive, and even after baking for years, I learned a few things.

Namely, that the reason I make leaden loaves when using whole wheat and whole grains is that I add too much flour. The dough for whole grain breads is incredibly, almost unbelievably, sticky. It stuck to everything–my hands, the dough scraper, I mean everything! But, the end results speak for themselves:

Whole wheat sourdough loaves, from starter.

Whole wheat sourdough loaves, from starter.

In addition to the whole wheat sourdough, we made a seeded whole wheat bread with their Harvest Grains blend:

Left, whole wheat sourdough boules, Right, Seeded whole wheat batards.

Left, whole wheat sourdough boules, Right, Seeded whole wheat batards.

Doesn’t take long before one gets into fresh bread…I also made a stop at Sugarbush Farms, makers of some of the best cheddar cheese I’ve ever had:

Vermont bounty...

Vermont bounty...

Again, it’s so amazing to live in the Northeast, where you can take a class at King Arthur, then go pick up some incredible cheese, in just over an hour or so from home.

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11 2009

Laws and Sausages

Otto von Bismarck is famously quoted as having said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

I used to work as a lobbyist, and I concur on the law portion of the quote. However, I recently embarked on the process to make my own sausages, and since I have control of what goes in, it’s honestly nowhere near as disconcerting as seeing legislation being crafted.

Homemade sausages.

Homemade sausages.

I always seem to have help when I am in the kitchen…

Ralph doing quality control work.

Ralph doing quality control work.

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11 2009

Ever wonder…

Women’s magazines are forever referencing different fruits when describing the shape of the female body.

Have you ever wondered where they got the notion, to, say, refer to a “pear shaped” figure?
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No? Are you sure?
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It was hard to eat that pear, it was so cute. It had a bottom!

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11 2009