Saturday, September 21, 2013

Happy Fall!

One of my very favorite things about autumn is the cooler weather. And, cooler weather means cheese weather. This weekend alone we are making 1.5 lbs feta, 1/2 lb ricotta, 1 lb of chèvre, and  48 oz of yogurt. 

One of my current favorite desserts is a deconstructed baklava. They're pretty amazing and always a crowd pleaser. Not to mention insanely easy.

Deconstructed Baklava
Essentially you fill phyllo cups with a tbsp of ricotta. Then, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Glorious. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Goat Milk Soap

I did it. I finally did it. After more than 2 years of thinking about it. I made goat milk soap. And, I didn't burn myself, or anyone else in the process. The only casualty was the stick blender that died in the my effort to achieve the perfect "trace".

I finally got the confidence after watching Martha Stewart (I know, cliche) and Brent Ridge (from the Beekman Boys) make a simple soap recipe. They were quite lackadaisical, and dare I say, careless? about the process. I guess working with lye wasn't that bad. As soon as M went down for her nap, I took all my tools outside and got to work. The bars should be ready around October 20th.