Showing posts from September, 2011

Favorite Recipes for Fall Baking

I don't think I'm alone here: when the weather cools down, it's finally it's time to fire up the oven! For so many of us, fall is the favorite time of year for baking. Here are some of my favorite fall recipes, sweet, for sure, but also savory and many featuring our favorite fall flavors like apple and pumpkin. Sweet & Savory Baking Ideas, Especially for Autumn. Favorite Fall Ingredients Like Apples and Pumpkin. Quick Breads. Cookies. Muffins. Yeast Breads. Corn Bread. Celebration Breads.

And the River Was Like Glass:
A September 11th Remembrance

Life Goes On The river was perfectly still, like glass, early the morning of September 11th. I'd been home for a few days. My mother had begun to lose motor control of her right leg. We feared this meant the lung cancer for which she'd been treated in the spring had metastasized into her brain. Our day was already full. Despite the leg problem, Mom was hosting a luncheon for friends at noon. Afterwards other friends would join up for a presentation about one of her many craft passions, scrapbooking. We'd already had our first cup of tea when Dad turned on CNN to hear the morning news. The first plane – a small plane, they said at first – had just hit the World Trade Center. We sat down to learn more. In horror, we watched the second plane hit the South Tower, understanding, instantly, that these strikes were no accident. We sat, mesmerized, horrified, in tears. At 10, the first call came. "Is lunch still on?" I looked at my mom. Without hesitation

Summer Appetizer:
Creamy Ricotta with
Tomato-Cucumber-Corn Salad

A quick and easy summery salad, a simple tomato and cucumber salad, with fresh corn kernels added for good measure, served almost as a relish over homemade ricotta. Real Food, Fresh, Fast & Seasonal. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Potluck & Party Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free.

How to Make Homemade Ricotta:
Skinny or Creamy or Something In Between

How to make ricotta cheese at home in just a few minutes with just a few pantry ingredients. I've made a "Skinny Ricotta" with 2% milk and lemon juice for many years but recently began making a "Creamy Ricotta" with a mixture of whole milk, cream and buttermilk. Here are all the in's and out's to make every DIY batch of fresh ricotta a success. Made from Scratch, A Little Extra Something That Makes All the Difference. Just Three (or Four) Ingredients. Great for Meal Prep. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just easy, Summer Easy . Easy DIY. Naturally Gluten Free.