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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…

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.…

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.)…

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…

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Cheese Heals: Soothe your soul with Wegmans Cave Ripened 1916 Cheese

If you have not been to a Wegmans, your life may be sadly incomplete. Your soul is perhaps empty and searching for purpose. Your taste buds will never experience the joy of quality cheese and all that accompanies it. Ok, maybe that is a little over the top, but you get my drift. Every two weeks or so Chip and I grab a large cup of coffee, hop in the car, and head to Wegmans in Dewitt, New York.  The…