Sunday, August 26, 2012

Making Ricotta Cheese in the Microwave

This recipe takes five minutes. Yes, five minutes for about a third of a cup of fresh ricotta cheese.

To make this soft cheese pour 2 cups of whole milk in a large, microwave-safe dish. I use a Pyrex baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the milk along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. More or less salt can be added based on sodium dietary requirements. Place the dish in the microwave and cook on full power for three to five minutes - watch for the edges of the mixture to bubble. Remove the dish from the microwave and stir the liquid until the solids separate from the whey (clear liquid). Strain the mixture in a paper towel lined colander or through cheesecloth. Let the whey drain for a minute or two. Refrigerate for four to five days.

That's it. And with BPH-free milk just $1.69 at Aldi, it's less expensive to make ricotta from scratch than buy a pound. Best of all, you know the ingredients that go into the cheese. Enjoy!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Oak Leaf Drawing

Saw a similar drawing on the September, 2012 issue of "Architectural Digest". Liked it so much, I made my own version on watercolor paper using a black magic marker. Photo of magazine version is also shown below.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jimmie Johns 8 inch Sub for One Dollar!

It's customer appreciation day at Jimmie Johns. On August 16th, you can get an 8 inch sub at Jimmie Johns for just a buck. You're limited to 6 menu choices and white bread only, but, hey, it's just one smack-a-roo. And they are freaky fast at making these sandwiches. I recommend the Vito. Limit one per customer. No coupon needed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reddi-Whip for a Dollar at Valu Center Market

What a deal! Reddi-Whip in the 15 oz. can is just one buck this week at Valu Center markets in Michigan.