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Cheese Heals

Cheese Heals: Ricotta Cheese

Thanksgiving is in our rear-view mirror, and we look ahead to Christmas. As Italians, we integrate some form of Italian food favorites into every holiday, birthday, and event. Trustworthy and versatile, let's review ricotta cheese. (C'mon, I know some of you still have the five-pound container in your fridge) What is Ricotta? I am going to defer to the experts at Food.com for the professional definition: A rich, fresh cheese made from skim or whole cow's milk that is slightly…

Italian Kitchen Pantry

Five things to have on hand this holiday season

In a few short weeks, the thanksgiving holiday will be upon us. 2020 has challenged nearly every holiday tradition and event in our lives. Weddings without dancing, funerals with less than ten people, and now, there will be no Thanksgiving Day parade, Santa Claus is staying up North, and there will be no New Year's Eve midnight kiss. All true and, all unchangeable. Now is the time to take control of the things that you can control: your home, your…

Cheese (may not) heal: Easy Cheese

Cheesemaking has evolved from the ancient Greeks to modern-day farming and production methods. Various cheeses have been produced in this country since the 17th century. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, more than one-third of all milk produced each year in the U.S. is used to manufacture cheese. I do not believe that the ancient Greeks ever imagined that cheese would come in a can. Enter Easy Cheese. What is the definition of cheese? According to Merriam-Webster, Cheese is…

Cheese Heals

Cheese Heals: The French cheese Mimolette

If you are in search of a smooth and subtle compliment for the weekend’s charcuterie board, you may wish to consider Mimolette. Once again, I found this cheese hidden in the vast Wegmans cheese department, and it caught my eye. At 110 calories per ounce and a price point of $17.99 per pound, I took home a small piece for $3.24. I am not sure I would spend the 110 calories per serving. My cheese cave has been home to more…

Italian Summer Salad

The perfect WFH summer salad

Working from home (WFH) is not for everyone, yet so many have been thrown into this new work environment. It is estimated that over 67% of new WFH employees do not have a home office set up or any home office equipment. This new world presents a challenge and challenges can be stressful.  Stressful feelings lead to mindless snacking and poor food choices. (Of course, cheese does not now, or will it ever fall into the poor choice food category.)…