Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Little Cheese Maker

Amidst all these new cheeseboard FDA findings, I've decided to take matters into my own hands. I can personally say that my cheeseboards are clean enough to eat cheese off of. I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it. I don't know a single person to get sick from eating artisanal cheeses, except that time I made a date really sick with my signature mac 'n cheese, but really it was his own fault for not telling me he was lactose intolerant. 

For a cheesy date, try this Urban Cheesecraft kit!  I'm not usually one to hock the goods on my blog, but this seemed like a great opportunity to take something sorta complicated and make it look easy. Truth be told, all I did was watch my partner do this while I day-drank wine. It was a lot like a high school chemistry class, and my lab partner did all the work. Cheated my way through then and I'll be damned if I won't do the same thing now. This cheese was an A plus. 

Step 1: Buy cheese making kit. 

Step 2: Follow the directions and make cheese. 

Step 3: Make stuff with your cheese. **Our mozzarella turned out more like a feta, which was great on salads!** The goat cheese also turned out more like a marscapone, and worked great in mac n cheese and spreads ** The nice part about this kit is that even your fuck-ups are useable. 

The ricotta made a perfect amount for two awesome dishes. I sorta improvised this one and it was unbelievably good. I had originally intended to make some manicotti but I'm trying to watch my beach bod, I guess. If you buy the slutty swim suit, you might as well attempt to look good in it. 

you will need the following: 

bell peppers (hulled) 
1 c ricotta 
Italian herbs 
1 egg 
salt & pepper 

Step 1: Turn oven to 375. Toss everything but the peppers into a food processor. 

Step 2: Stuff peppers with cheese mix. Top with breadcrumbs and a butter pat. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve warm. 

Forget everything I said about beach bodies. I'd gladly live the rest of my life in a Rascal if it meant eating cannolis everyday. I volunteered to make these for my brother's wedding, but like most of my empty promises, it went unfulfilled. Wish ya the best guys! 

you will need the following: 

cannoli shells (can be tough to find, check out local bakeries)
1 c ricotta cheese
1/2 c chocolate chips 
3 tbsp powdered sugar (or more) 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tbsp vanilla extract 
1/4 tsp anise extract (opt) 

Step 1: Throw everything in a food processor. 

Step 2: Stuff shells with a butter knife. Garnish with powdered sugar. Serve. 

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