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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…

Recipes For Cookies In Schenectady NY

Husband Cookies aka Significant Other Cookies

I have always stocked my cookie jar with fresh cookies. When Jack is home and Thomas, Chris and Caroline are here, I am rewarded in the morning with an empty cookie jar.  Amelia and Skates come home more often since they are closer than Jack is in Alabama. I made this cookie recipe for Skates with Reese’s chips and peanut butter M&Ms. Now, it is just the two of us. The midnight snacker Chip has a sweet tooth, and I…

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…

Sassy Bacon Jam

Bacon is one of heaven's finest gifts. Real bacon, not turkey bacon, and do not even think of vegan bacon, although, if you must, I won't judge. The image of bacon sizzling in a skillet on a Sunday morning says, "Ahh, it's Sunday." When you add a little cayenne, this bacon jam becomes very sassy! Jam conjures up images of sweet and sticky jars of fruit. Slightly burned toast that my Gramma Amelia made with her favorite jam or jelly.…