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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…

Pizza Recipes In Niskayuna NY

Black garlic? Oh yes, and it is amazing on pizza!

Ok, let me just tell say, “Holy cow!” Black garlic is smooth and intriguing. “Black garlic is sweet meets savory, a perfect mix of molasses-like richness and tangy garlic undertones. It has a tender, almost jelly-like texture with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency similar to a soft dried fruit.” (blackgarlic.com) Cutting open the head of black garlic for the first time, I was unsure what I was going to find. To my surprise, the garlic cloves were soft, smooth, and without that…

Today is National Cheese Day. Let’s talk about Burrata.

Today, June 4th is National Cheese Day. A day to honor our favorite companions to the weekend’s charcuterie board. A requirement on pizza and pasta, burgers on the grill, and the main feature of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. I must admit, I did not discover this wonderful holiday until this afternoon when a colleague informed me of this monumental day while on a Zoom meeting. (Thank you Debbie E.) Your timing was quite fortuitous. Pasta on the Floor has…

Woman In A Sweater Eating Soup

What? No recipe?

Cooking by the seat of your pants can be liberating. All you need to do is open your fridge or freezer, pull out the items that inspire you and just go! Sam Sifton from NYT (New York Times) Cooking is a true cooking maestro and renegade. He pens a no-recipe recipe every Wednesday. He creates and shares his recipe in paragraph form. No list of ingredients, no specific measurements, and no step by step instructions. He wants you to improvise,…

Steak Prepared In A Bag For Sous Vide Cooking

Do you Sous Vide?

What is Sous Vide? Don’t be intimidated by the French words. The literal meaning of sous vide is “under vacuum.”  According to Bon Appetit: “At its most fundamental level, sous vide cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. …The water never comes to a boil. Yeah, it's pretty low-key. A sous vide machine uses a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature,…