Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices

Are you feeling the over indulgence from the holidays?

Both Nathan and I have certainly noticed it. Nothing irritates me quite as much as my pants not fitting the way they are supposed to. I mean come on. I bought them and they fit a certain way and continued to fit that way for EVER and a few too many holiday cookies and the suckers are out to make my day miserable.

Do.not.like.

Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices

I put up with for exactly fourteen seconds before I resolved to do something about it. Sure I am a bit behind the rest of you with your new years resolutions but hey don’t judge. Some of us are born procrastinators.

For the record I did make resolutions. Two of them in fact. Firstly to move more. As in physically move. Second was to love myself more. I am winning at one of those but not so much at the other. I will let you sort that one out.

So. Back to what I decided to do about my rebellious pants. I decided first to concentrate on my first resolution to move more. Moving should help my pants fit better right? So thus began 30 days of yoga vinyasas every morning. Asthanga yoga is my personal favorite so I have been doing three surya namasakara a (sun salutation a) and three surya namasakara b (sun salutation b). It is tough. Mostly to motivate myself but man do I feel better.

Secondly I jumped started my body back into healthy eating with a three day juice fast and switching to vegetarian eating focusing on whole grains, beans, and veggies. It has been delicious and I feel so so so good.

Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices

I am an all or nothing type of person. Making some drastic changes in how I was eating has helped me get on track and realize my body does better on less and on real food.

This was one of the many recipes I pinpointed when picking veggies and bean recipes. Nathan loves chickpeas so I knew right off the bat this would be a winner. And I was so right. He inhaled it. He told he would eat it every single day.

I would too.

We ate it just as is with no rice. It felt downright indulgent.

I love nothing more than a recipe that is delicious and nutritious and I can’t get enough of it. Also thankfully my pants have decided to get their act together and stop making me miserable.

Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices

One year ago today: Graham crackers and Muesli 

Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices
From Taste with the Eyes

2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dry mustard
salt to taste
1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
5 oz. baby spinach

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin, fennel, and cook for a minute or two. Add turmeric, chile powder, dry mustard and stir to combine. Add chickpeas and cook until heated through. Add spinach, cook until the spinach has wilted. Season with salt to taste.

Chickpeas with Bengali Mustard Spices

Spinach Pesto Risotto

I don’t think I have EVER made pesto the normal way.

You know- with basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil. The only other pesto post I have is for pea pesto. Incidentally that is delicious stuff. Also wow. That post was so so so long ago it seems.

Spinach Pesto Risotto

Aaaanyways. For so many reasons I have not made traditional pesto. Chief of which is pine nuts. My husband and I are at complete odds about them. I’m pretty indifferent about them and for the price point I can’t justify them. Nathan on the other hand loves them and dislikes my attitude towards these spendy buggers. Until we win the lottery I will keep subbing walnuts in for the pine nuts.

Also I love veggies. The idea of pureeing veggies with tasty basil, garlic, cheese, and olive oil entices me. And then you can put it on things. Bread, pasta, more veggies, and yes even risotto.

As much as I love and have made risotto it has never occurred to me to stir in basil. Perusing Pinterest like you do one day I stumbled on spinach risotto. Done. Pinned and planned.

Spinach Pesto Risotto

Or maybe not. It took a few weeks for it make it on the menu. I happily had the privilege of making it for my family one Sunday. They all absolutely loved it. Even Little. He will scarf this stuff down like it is going out of style.

The very best part about this recipe? It makes a bunch of pesto. Enough for two batches of risotto for us. Plus it is a great way to get loads of veggies in a toddler. Because currently that is on the long list of things that keeps me up at night and watching him chow down on this warms my heart.

Hey you do what you gotta do sometimes.

IMG_1646Spinach Pesto Risotto

One year ago today: Beef with Barley Stew 

Spinach Pesto Risotto (
From Food Recipe HQ

For the pesto:
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, stemmed and washed
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Risotto
4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Make the pesto: Place all ingredients into you food processor and blend until you get the desired consistency.

Make the risotto: Place the stock in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Keep at a simmer while cooking the risotto. In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next, until the rice is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total. Remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, as much pesto as you want, the remaining tablespoon of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

Spinach Pesto Risotto

Cornbread (gluten-free)

I do not appreciate being challenged in the kitchen.

Well, I guessI should really say I don’t like being challenged when I am not wanting it. Does that even make sense?

Make homemade marshmallows? Sure why not. That can’t be hard.

Fondant? Total breeze.

An ice cream cake that took a whole week to make? Bring it!

Corn bread (gluten free)

Gluten free baking when it has to be intentional and not incidental? No! Please don’t make me!

It is an established fact that I love taking dinner to those I love. A sweet dear mama friend of mine just recently welcomed her second daughter into the world (remember the almond lemon ricotta cake I made for her shower?). Delivering dinner to a new mama is a privilege and I wanted it to be special. However my repertoire of gluten free cooking is not very deep.

I made a delicious chili to take to her. It was such a big batch it fed her little family AND mine. Even with planning on packing sour cream, grated cheese, fresh fruit, and those amazing marshmallows I felt that the meal was lacking something.

Corn bread (gluten free)

My train of thought went as follows- corn bread goes with chili well, except my recipe has flour. Gluten free corn bread has got to be a thing right? To Google! No not that recipe, or that one, or that one (all involving odd gluten free flours I didn’t have). What?! One with just cornmeal?! Win.

And that’s how I stumbled on this recipe. And it’s perfect. Perfect crumb, delicious taste, and not a hint of gluten or ingredients you would have to go on a hunt for.

Absolutely perfect with a warm bowl of homemade chili.

(It should be noted that not all cornmeal is gluten free so be sure to purchase a gluten free labeled brand if you are sincerely avoiding gluten)

Corn bread (gluten free)

One year ago today: Perfect chocolate frosting

Corn Bread (Gluten free) (serves 6-8)
From Gluten Free on a Shoestring

2 cups coarsely ground yellow cornmeal (gluten free)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
4 tablespoons honey

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet or an 8-inch square or round pan. If using a skillet place it in the oven as you preheat.

In a large bowl, place the cornmeal, salt, baking soda and baking powder, and whisk to combine well. In separate bowl, mix the egg, butter, buttermilk and honey, and whisk to combine well.

Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. The mixture will be relatively thin. Remove the skillet from the oven. Add an additional tablespoon of butter and wait for it to melt. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes (closer to 20 minutes if using a cast iron skillet), or until lightly golden brown on top, golden brown around the edges, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Slice and serve immediately.

Corn bread (gluten free)

Homemade Marshmallows

These have been a long time coming.

Homemade marshmallows

I got on a marshmallow kick eons ago. I have this absurd love for baking deliciousness to enter into our local county fair. I noticed there was a marshmallow category and couldn’t resist. I made vanilla and strawberry ones leading up to the fair then made the grave mistake of making a new (never tested) chocolate batch to enter.

They never set up. It was also blistering hot in August so that didn’t help much at all. I did get a ribbon but I think it was for the lack of entries in that category more than the quality of my candies.

Homemade marshmallows

The chocolate marshmallows were so incredibly delicious despite how soft they were. They tasted like hot cocoa all by themselves (mental note: go find that recipe…)

However, given the awful cold snap we have been having around here these past few days, homemade marshmallows to go in our homemade hot cocoa were completely in order.

Homemade marshmallows

How do you feel about candy making? There is very little candy making I actually embark in. Marshmallows and caramels are about where I draw the line. it is incredibly intimidating to me. My dad loves divinity so I might attempt that this year? Who knows. Marshmallows however are quite easy.

Homemade marshmallows

And how can you resist this little marshmallow fiend?

He was totally over the moon. He is reaching that super exciting/maddening age where he wants to help with E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. ” I do it myself mama” is uttered about every other minute around here. Mercifully he was entertained while I was making these but he was quick to the kitchen as I was finishing up. “I need a taaaaaaaaste.” And I obliged. Maybe three times. I plead the fifth.

Homemade marshmallows

This recipe makes a great big batch and if you cut them up small you wind up with lots and lots. I think these would make sweet presents tucked into a basket of Christmas goodies.

Or just eat them out of hand. Like we have been doing a lot of.

Homemade marshmallows

Don’t judge.

Homemade marshmallows

One year ago today: Sugar cookies

Homemade Marshmallows (makes 1 9×13 pan)
From Food Network

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans.

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a well oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Homemade marshmallows

 

Hot Cocoa

Who knew this was a recipe?

I make this without thinking about it. So far during this cold weather season we have had it approximately 3.4 million times. I exaggerate but seriously at least twice a week.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

It feels dumb to even share it as a recipe because this is one of the many throw-things-in-the-pan “recipes” I have. Nathan insists I share these with you though, and considering the cold temperatures and the versatility of this recipe, I figure it is high time I share it with you.

No additives. No artificial ingredients I can’t pronounce. Just sugar and cocoa. And then whatever little version of happiness you add to it. This particular “recipe” has been graced with almost everything in our liquor cabinet. I am not an orange and chocolate person so triple sec might be the one party spared.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

 

Frangelico, Bailey’s, vodka (vanilla or otherwise), peppermint Schnapps, whiskey, brandy…. all of it. I don’t recommend them all at the same time but one generous splash from any of them elevates this from a kid’s post-snow play snack to mommy’s wind-down treat at bedtime.

Often, though, I am just a little kid at heart and I pack my mug halfway full of marshmallows and pour the steaming deliciousness over it, thereby melting them and making it a sickeningly sweet mess. Yum.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

I tend to not make my cocoa very sweet and leave the sweetening up to my additions. Try stirring in a candy cane. Bliss.

Oh. And while I am absolute sucker for store bought mini marshmallows…. there is nothing quite like homemade marshmallows. Trust me on this one. (Recipe coming, I promise.)

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

One year ago today: Cranberry Orange Muffins

Hot Cocoa (makes as many as you want)
Mine

Per serving:

1 cup milk of your choosing
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon sugar (or more to taste)
1 tiny pinch of salt
1 little splash of vanilla extract

Additives of your choice: Peppermint Schnapps, peppermint extract, instant coffee powder, Bailey’s, Frangelico, vanilla vodka, etc. etc. Let your imagination run wild.

Add the milk to a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the cocoa powder and sugar and whisk to combine. Once hot (steaming) remove from heat and add the splash of vanilla extract. Serve immediately with a candy cane or marshmallows or whipped cream.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake

My thoughts and feeling on gluten free baking are generally meh.

I do not have an allergy or sensitivity not does anyone in my family. In my mama tribe though there is quite a bit of gluten avoidance. I love them so I try.

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

But I just cannot wrap my mind around all those flours. I have used a gluten free flour mix once and it was ok. The real problem lies in apathy. I really don’t want to buy all these little bags of random flours in the bulk section of the grocery store. I don’t want to test my recipes as gluten free. I like them the way that they are honestly.

But I love my mama friends. So when I stumble on recipes, like this one, that are incidentally gluten free I rejoice. I always have a stash of almond meal on hand for making macaroons so, other than the ricotta, I had all these ingredients in my house already.

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

Win. Win. Win.

This cake made a stunning appearance at a baby shower for a mama I love dearly. What a wonderful time we had celebrating her as she prepares to welcome her second daughter earthside.

A mama who happens to be gluten free and was thrilled she could enjoy her cake.

I am stashing this recipe along with the flourless chocolate cake away in my repertoire for any other gluten free celebrations I might be honored to be part of.

And please please please tell me I am not the only baker out there completely terrified of gluten free baking.

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

One year ago today: Blueberry Pancakes and Saffron Chicken Veggie Soup

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake (serves 10-12)
From Cakelets and Doilies

(Note: This recipe was written in grams so I did it as such. Measurements are for reference)

120 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
275 grams (1 1/3 cups) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1/4 cup lemon zest
4 eggs, separated and at room temperature
240 grams (2 1/2 cups) almond meal
300 grams (10 1/2 oz) ricotta
Sliced almonds, to decorated
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Heat oven to 350 F. Line the base and sides of a 10 in round spring form pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the butter, 165 grams sugar, vanilla seeds and lemon zest in an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Scrap down the sides of the bowl, then gradually add the egg yolks, one at a time, continuing to beat until fully combined. Add the almond meal and beat to combine. Fold ricotta through the almond meal mixture.

Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl with a hand-held electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar to the egg whites mixture and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gently fold a third of the egg whites into the cake mixture. Repeat with the rest of the egg whites.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin, smooth the tops with a palette knife and bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked and firm to touch. Allow to cool completely in the pan. Dust with slivered almonds and powdered sugar to serve.

Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Shut the front door.

I can make curry paste.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

I guess I have made curry from scratch before (as in not from a purchased paste or powder). Nathan pointed out you don’t know that though because all the curries on here are yellow curries. I have this delicious green coconut curry I make…. yum.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

But to make an honest to goodness curry paste was something else. I still have enough left over in my fridge to whip up another batch of these delicious spicy lentils.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

And I know I don’t have to tell you this but lentils are SO good for you. Chocked full of vitamins and fiber and so terribly cheap. If they aren’t part of your diet you should seriously add them. And this recipe is any easy way to do it.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Sure the making the paste is a whole extra step but the flavor is unmatched. Plus you get the satisfaction of enjoying a delicious dish you made. I am contemplating making this paste just to gift to friends and family. Wouldn’t you love to get that as a Christmas present?

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

One year ago today: Brownie cookies with a salted caramel frosting

Lentils and Spinach in a Masala Sauce (serves 8)
Adapted from Naturally Ella

3 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 teaspoon coriander seeds
2″ piece ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
4 teaspoons garam marsala
2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons peanut or other nut oil
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup packed cilantro leaves

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup masala paste
1 28 oz can stewed tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 cup red lentils
4-6 cups spinach

To make paste, toast cumin and coriander seeds in skillet until fragrant. Use a mortar and pestle (or a spice grinder) to grind spices. In a small food processor, add ginger and pulse until broken into small pieces. Add red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, garam marsala, and salt. Give a couple pulse to incorporate. Next, add nut oil, tomato paste, and cilantro leaves. Pulse until paste forms and everything is well incorporated. Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and add diced onion, cooking until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook for one more minute. Stir in masala paste and cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in stewed tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir together and bring to a boil. Add in lentils and reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring often, until lentils are tender, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in spinach. Serve with your favorite grain, extra cilantro, and a dollop of greek yogurt.

Lentils and Spinach in Masala Sauce

Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto

Will you forgive me if we don’t chat much today?

Things are busy around here. A birthday party for a soon to be two year old, work, a host of nasty headaches and migraines.

Chanterelle mushroom risotto

Thankfully I am dutifully cooking my way through a lovely batch of chanterelle mushrooms still.

Easy weekenight dinner? Check- risotto plus roasted mushrooms. Gourmet with hardly any effort.

Chanterelle mushroom risotto

Ps. I still love you lots even though our chat was short. I promise we will catch up later this week. Coffee date soon? Yes, please.

Chanterelle mushroom risotto

One year ago today: Homemade Granola

Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto(serves 4-6 depending on if it is a side or entree)
Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

Note: Risotto is not an exact science but is rather based on feel. As stated above taste taste taste then taste some more. Some days your risotto will take 4 cups of chicken stock then the next take 5. Channel your inner chef and trust your instincts.

4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 lb chanterelle mushrooms chopped or torn
1 tbs olive oil

Place the stock in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Keep at a simmer while cooking the risotto.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until dark brown.

In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next, until the rice is tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total. About 5 minutes before it is finished add the mushrooms and all the pan juices (if any). Remove from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, the remaining tablespoon of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

Chanterelle mushroom risotto

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos

We have talked chanterelles before. In fact I was going to share a very similar sentiment with you today- I LOVE seasonal cooking. It makes me appreciate the very best foods all the more since I can’t have them year round.

This is the earliest I can ever remember having chanterelles. We have had some rain the past few weeks off and on and that apparently has been enough. I love that the first few rains of the fall I get excited because that means mushrooms.

I have always sourced my mushrooms from local hunters. It is so much cheaper than buying them in the store plus I can get them earlier in the season and often they are much better quality and fresher. Plus I love buying direct as much as I can.

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos

I scored four pounds of these gorgeous mushrooms this past week. I was having a hard time coming up with what to do with them other than just sautee them in butter and eat them straight. Thank goodness for google. I was hunting for a cream of mushroom soup recipe but somehow managed to find this taco recipe instead.

Now just trust me for a minute. I am not a substitute mushrooms for meat sort of person. If the mushrooms are good and can stand on their own great but I am not going to pretend they are meat when they aren’t. We are eating less and less meat around here for so many reasons so the idea of a recipe specifically for mushrooms tacos was appealing.

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos

So much win. You have no idea.

These mushrooms have a light flavor. They are a bit nutty and a bit meaty. The serrano pepper adds just the slightest suggestion of heat. Please please please trust me when I tell you I was skeptical about the oregano too but just do it. It makes the tacos. Honestly.

We ate them with a good squirt of lime and some cilantro (and although not in these pictures we did add some grated cheese). I made enough for us for dinner planning that we wouldn’t eat it all and my sister and brother in law could have the rest when they came over to watch Little so we could go on a date. We ate so much of it I had to make a second batch. Good thing I had four pounds of mushrooms to start with….

And later this week chanterelle mushroom risotto. Yeah you read that right. Betcha you can’t wait.

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos (feeds 2-3)
Adapted from Heidi Swanson

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1/2 small serrano chile, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt
12 ounces chanterelles thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
8 corn tortillas
1/2 cup grated cheese for your choice (if desired)
1/2 lime
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, chile, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until onions are translucent, 2 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, over high heat, until mushrooms turn deep golden brown and release their liquid, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with oregano. Adjust salt if necessary. Toast tortillas over the flame of a gas burner, turning with tongs, until crisp and blackened in spots. (You can also char them in the broiler.) Divide mushroom mixture among tortillas, squeeze a wedge of lime over the mushrooms, and then sprinkle with cilantro and cheese.

Chanterelle Mushroom Tacos

Homemade yogurt

I feel like I am late to this party.

Homemade yogurt has come up in conversation a few times over the past couple of months. We have been getting incredible raw milk from a local far and I know several of the mamas have made yogurt with the milk as it was just turning sour (a great alternative versus pitching it).

Homemade Yogurt

I however have pitched the little bits of milk here and there that have soured on me. This past weekend I had three extra quarts of milk and I knew the time had finally come to make my own yogurt.

Why on earth did I wait so so so long!?

Homemade Yogurt

The process was absurdly easy. Milk, sauce pan, heat, allow to cool slightly, add a little bit of yogurt with live cultures, let sit. The result? The most amazing rich and thick yogurt ever. I am beyond impressed.

Add yogurt to the incredibly long list of things I never ever want to buy again. Also I can’t believe it is cheaper than store bought yogurt. The stuff we get from Trader Joes is $2.50 per quart and this came out to right around $1.75 per quart. Plus I know the cow it came from.

Homemade Yogurt

What do you think? Is making your own yogurt for you? I promise you that you wont be disappointed…. Now I just need to get around to making some granola….

(Oh! You know what else you can do when you have three quarts of yogurt in your fridge? Make frozen yogurt. Coming next week!)

Homemade Yogurt

One year ago today: Cherry Pie

Homemade Yogurt (makes 1 quart)
From David Lebovitz

1 quart whole milk (I used raw)
1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt

Sanitize a clean a 1 quart jar by pouring boiling water in it and letting it stand 5 minutes. Drain the water (carefully, as the water and the jar will be hot), and let the jar dry.

Heat the milk in a saucepan fitted with a thermometer, or use an instant read thermometer, until the milk reaches 180 F. Remove from heat. When the temperature drops to 115 F (This took about a half an hour), stir in the 1/4 cup of yogurt, then pour the mixture into the jar and cover it. Put the yogurt in a slightly warm place, and leave it undisturbed for 10 to 12 hours. The longer fermentation will yield a more tart yogurt. Chill the yogurt thoroughly, at least three hours. The yogurt will thicken up once cool.

Two notes: First- I simply tripled the batch and made all three quarts at the same time with great success. So double and triple with confidence. Second- make sure the yogurt you add to the warm milk is yogurt that has live active cultures. Just read the label. It will tell you.

Homemade Yogurt