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June Kitchen Challenge: Mozzarella

Just in time for tomato season, this month’s kitchen challenge involves making homemade mozzarella cheese. Apparently it’s pretty easy (if the internet is to be believed). My cheese-making experience is limited, having only made homemade ricotta and mascarpone. While mozzarella does require a few special ingredients, the overall process is quite similar, albeit a bit...

Elaine’s New York Cheesecake

This recipe comes from my grandma Elaine. She’s turning 90 this July, and we’re all going out to New York to celebrate. Will there be cheesecake? I sure hope so, and knowing Grams, there will be no shortage of sweets. To call these recipe cards well-loved would be an understatement. The neat pencil script is...

Food Blog Forum Orlando 2013 Wrapup

Be authentic. It’s a lesson I feel we, as bloggers, hear over and over again, but what does it really mean? It’s something we talked a lot about during Food Blog Forum Orlando last weekend, and rightly so. As bloggers, authenticity is the key to not only success, but also to continued passion, because, in...

May Kitchen Challenge Results: Ginger Ale

So. So. Spicy. I love it. I attempted to start my own wild fermentation but, alas, a week later and it was about as lively as a rock. Being that we were literally on our way out the door for Orlando I figured I’d call it what it was (a dead failure) and toss it....

Quinoa Veggie Burgers with Pickled Red Onions

Is there such thing as burger-induced writer’s block? If so, I have it. Which doesn’t make sense because these veggie burgers are nothing short of amazing and should inspire me to write epic poetry, let alone a simple blog post. Alas, the words elude me. Like the thinking equivalent of talking with your mouth full....

Strawberry Almond Scones

Life is good. You know how I know? The biggest dilemma I was faced with this past weekend was what to do with the rest of my coveted strawberries. Two batches of jam, three smoothies, and four bellyaches later, there were only a handful of less-than-perfect berries left, crying to be used. Rather then send...