Friday, August 26, 2011

Week of August 26, 2011

Pesto stuffed shells
Smoked sausage and bean stew (crockpot)
Farfalle with beef ragu, ricott and mint
Bean burritos

Spicy pickled carrots

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Homemade ricotta cheese

I've started looking into making homemade cheese. We originally eliminated cheese and other dairy products from our diet due to my youngest's food allergy. Now, she is older and I am again craving the dairy.

We are also looking into trimming our food budget. We currently spend at least $25 a week on dairy products, excluding milk. I'd like to see if we can decrease that amount.

I started my experimentation with ricotta. It's a soft cheese that doesn't require enzymes, thus eliminating a need to purchase additional ingredients.

I doubled the Smitten Kitchen's recipe and this was the result:

IT WAS AMAZING!! More after the jump ...

Sunday, August 14, 2011