Tag Archives: cheese

fancy a frittata?

10 Dec

3694187993_5063436629In the mood for something creamy, yet savory? Try out our simple frittata recipe that is a huge hit with the kids at lunch! Feel free to add in some ham + cheese, or spinach to spice it up.

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of 2% milk
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Combine ingredients, blend with an immersion blender. Place blended ingredients into ramekins (if you don’t have ramekins, use an oven pan that is deep so the egg mixture won’t spill, and keep the height of the mixture to no more than 3 inches), and bake at 300F until set and golden brown.

Photo courtesy of Brenda Gottsabend

fresh ricotta cheese at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Gala

14 May

6283567937_c86f775779We had the honor of participating in the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Gala last Tuesday, May 8th alongside other Brooklyn based food vendors and Children’s Museum friends and supporters. At the gala we put on ricotta cooking demo which turned out to be a huge hit! Those that stopped by our table were surprised at how tasty and easy it was to cook up a batch. We placed a dollop of ricotta on top of our raw garlic crostini and garnished them with fresh basil. Many folks that tried our cheese made sure not to talk while chewing so that they could experience the sheer joy of tasting the ricotta.

Here’s how you can be your very own rockstar-ricotta cheese maker:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of cream
  • Juice of 4 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon + a pinch of salt

Directions:

Place whole milk, cream, and 1 tablespoon of salt in a pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the mixture from the heat and add lemon juice. Leave this mixture to stand for about 20 minutes, then pour the liquid over a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Allow the mixture to drain for about 1 hour, then place in a bowl or jar. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy in your favorite pastas, topped on homemade pizza, spread on crostini, mixed into pancakes, drizzled with honey or just eat it with a spoon!

Since ricotta is made fresh, it should be eaten right away. However, if you end up with too much ricotta you can also place it in a container in your fridge. This fresh cheese takes on a whole new flavor when baked in the oven for a few minutes. Once baked, add a drizzle of olive oil and rosemary, then spread it on toast. Buon appetito!

Photo courtesy of amberdegrace

underground cheese

17 Jun

Most of us, when we think about where cheese comes from, immediately think of cows, not caves. It all starts with cows of course, and goats – and we praise them with thanks for their generosity.  But then quite often, there are caves involved.

Conde Nast Traveler named Murray’s Cheese Caves one of the 50 Coolest Places to see in the world, and our Food & Garden campers this summer will get to check them out!  We will learn about basic affinage practices and the elementary science behind what happens to cheeses as they age from the master cheese makers, and get to taste different cave-aged gems so we can appreciate the benefits of the aging process. YUM!

It’s great, when eating, to consider all that went into our food. It slows down the eating process, it enhances the pleasure and sets a tone for conversation. Appreciating food, while eating. It’s right up there with not talking with your mouth full and using a napkin at the table. Not manners for the sake of manners, but for the sake of enjoyment and health.

 

Super bowl snacks

5 Feb

It’s winter cold outside, and your sports fan friends and family are gathering and you are in charge of the snacks?

Here’s a few ideas:

trail mix – your favorite roasted tamari almonds and raisins, is perfect. You can add other goodies too: goji berries, chopped dried apricots, peanuts, walnuts, mulberries.

cheese plate and a mix of olives and crackers– super simple and always welcomed with crackers of fresh bread. Drunken goat, brie, and gouda cheese are delicious crowd pleasers.

hummus – buy it or make your own. Check out our recipe here.

guacamole and chips – roll 2 ripe avocados in your hand before slicing down the center. Remove the pit, and put in a bowl with chopped cilantro (2TB for 2-3 avocados), lemon (1-2TB), salt (1/3 tsp or to taste). Mash with a fork. If you like it spicy, top with a dash of cayenne pepper.

crudités – baby carrots cut into match sticks and celery sliced down the center (for thinner sticks)

popcornhere’s how you make it.

grilled cheese and jelly sandwich squares – this is as easy as it sounds. Spread your favorite bread with a thin layer of jam and sliced cheese. Add a pat of butter to a large hot pan so your sandwiches will brown (olive oil works too), and press your sandwiches with a spatula to flatten. Cut the sandwiches into squares, stack and serve.

fruit with melted dark chocolate – chop up your favorite fruit ready with toothpicks. Melt your chocolate on low heat and when ready, dip the fruit (holding the toothpicks) in the chocolate and put out on a plate. The chocolate will harden as it dries. This will surely go fast!

apple slices drizzled with almond butter or other favorite nut butter

Your favorite brew, sparkling water, apple cider or herbal tea, and you’re ready to watch the game!