This colourful appetizer highlights the season and can be included on a cheese platter as a lighter choice. It’s also a great way to use up milk that’s close to its best-before date.
This quality protein can be used in smoothies or baked goods in place of water.
Use ricotta to top pasta and pizza. Homemade ricotta is a better choice than some store-bought versions that contain modified milk ingredients, binders, and/or preservatives.
Line strainer with 3 layers of cheesecloth. Cheesecloth usually comes in a quadruple layer in the package, so open and refold into 3 layers. Place over bowl or pitcher so you can save the whey.
Put milk in large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring regularly and watching closely to keep from scorching, until milk bubbles up sides of pot and temperature reaches 165 F (74 C), about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not let it boil.
Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Stir gently to combine and watch for the white curds to separate from the yellowish whey. It should start separating into curds and wheyu2014if this doesnu2019t happen and thereu2019s a lot of unseparated milk, add an additional 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice or white vinegar, and stir gently.
Once milk is fully separated, gently pour it through cheesecloth, allowing whey to drain into bowl while capturing curds. You may need to stir it, scraping it gently from the cloth to allow more whey to get through. Add salt, stirring gently to avoid breaking the curds.
Let sit for 10 minutes to drain until it reaches desired consistencyu2014some people prefer ricotta more dry and some more moist. Scoop it out of cheesecloth into medium bowl and add olive oil, lemon zest, cranberries, and herbs. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to allow flavours to combine, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with fresh bread, crackers, and/or chopped veggies.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.