6 ways to flavour plain yogurt

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Nutrition, Recipes, Snack, Tutorial5 Comments

6 ways to flavour plain yogurt

I apologize for being a little MIA over the past week or so. Last week I spent a whole afternoon solidly working on new blog posts…. and then something went crazy with my web hosting and I lost it all. All of it! No chance of recovery! I tried to put on a brave face and smile through it all but inside I was crying.  On top of that, four days ago my toddler decided that afternoon naps were a thing of the past. I know I was pretty spoiled but I had grown accustomed to his 2+ hour naps. I … Read More

homemade ricotta in 3 easy steps

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Snack, Tutorial10 Comments

Ricotta is so stinking easy to make. Once you make it, you’ll never go back to storebought! It literally only requires three very easy steps. This recipe will yield 375g of ricotta, give or take. (It depends on how much whey you strain out.)   Step One: Heat Pour the milk into a large pot. Heat over medium until a thermometer reads 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn heat off.  Step Two: Denature Add the lemon juice and salt (if desired). Set a timer for 10 minutes. Step Three: Strain Line a colander with a cheesecloth, nut bag, or clean tea towel. Place over … Read More

10 must have kitchen tools

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10 Must Have Kitchen Tools

I got new kitchen tools for Christmas. I’m not always swayed by new fandangled kitchen gadgets. They’re often pointless and end up collecting dust until getting “garage sale-d” with the other junk. Like mandolin slicers… an emergency room visit just waiting to happen! But sometimes you find a gadget that totally changes everything and you can’t believe you ever lived without it!  My new gadgets got me thinking about what’s really essential to everyday cooking. Here are the 10 kitchen tools I truly couldn’t live without.  Garlic press I’m a garlic maniac. You’d be hard-pressed (get it?) to find a dinner recipe on my … Read More

maple roasted tomatoes

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maple roasted tomatoes

Fall, fall, fall. It’s strange how much I can both love and hate it at the same time. With equal intensity. On the one hand, I’m mourning all the summer sun, sandals, and how you can leave the house without calculating just how many layers you might need that day. And I love summer laundry: no socks to try and match and fold and figure out which ones have holes! Just kidding about that last one. Anyone who knows me knows I usually have a hole or two in my socks. The matching and folding is enough for me. I … Read More

DIY whipped butter

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DIY Whipped Butter

When you were a kid, did you ever go to a nice restaurant or fancy banquet and get excited by the sight of a beautiful looking bowl of ice cream, only to realize that it was actually butter? What a disappointment. I’m pretty sure this has happened to me as an adult, too. The reason that butter looked so delicious is because it was whipped. And there’s no reason you can’t have that beautiful butter at home, too. There are actually plenty of more substantial reasons to whip your butter; it’s not just for show! Why It’s A Smart Choice 1) Consistency. … Read More

Homemade Coconut Milk

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Homemade Coconut Milk

Save money and skip the BPA by making your own coconut milk! All you need are coconut flakes, water, and a blender! I absolutely love cooking with coconut milk. Some of my all-time favourite dishes are Thai, Vietnamese, or Indian inspired curries, stir-fries, or soups with a coconut milk base. The coconut helps to mellow out the spices and lendsĀ a warm, tropical feel to the recipe. My pantry is usually stocked with several cans of the stuff. As much as possible I try to use fresh foods or make things myself when it makes sense. It had never occurred to … Read More