Archive for January, 2010

Cheese!

On Saturday our friends Tina, Jon and Heather came around to make some cheese. We made four kinds and MIRACLE OF MIRACLES they all turned out really great. They taste soooo good and we had a great time doing it. Here’s a couple little pics of our adventures in bacteria:

Cheese day

Jon, Heather, Tina, Jan, and myself... so proud of our little bowl of curdled, bacteria-ridden milk. (Just kidding, it's GOOD!)

Our cheese

Ricotta, queso blanco, fromage blanc and neufchatel.

These are all soft cheeses. They are made in a single day from fresh milk and are not moldy or aged. Soft cheeses are easy to make- anyone can do it! Yes, YOU can do it! We are going to do some hard, aged cheeses next which requires more equipment and, of course, more time. Eventually we will also do some of the molded cheeses like Camembert and brie, which requires aging the cheese under specific temperature and humidity conditions because of the mold.

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Massive Blogging Fail

I kind of screwed up. I went to make that sugar and olive oil facial scrub that I posted a while back… well the recipe is for 1/2 cup of sugar, not one cup. My sincerest apologies to anyone who tried the recipe and found it sadly lacking! So again that was one HALF cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon coconut/almond/lemon/whatever extract. It’s awesome stuff.

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Apple Security

I often marvel at the fact that we speed by trees like this on our way to the supermarket in order to buy apples shipped from the other side of the world. You’ll find apples near highways, railroads, country roads and city alleys; all waiting for someone like us to turn them into sauces, juices, pastries, and to snack on, fresh and juicy! The apples in this December picture weren’t picked and are now rotten, still hanging on their branches.

Apple trees such as this dot our countryside in abundance.

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