Fear me, for I have made cheese.

I have made cheese. Twice now. The first batch was ok. Bland, but decent. Sadly I accidentally left it out on the stove all day and I had to pitch it. The second batch was quite lovely. It got eaten on crackers with mango chutney.

As it turns out, this is pretty easy stuff to make. I followed a recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, and it worked out pretty well. Below, some pictures from the making of the first batch. Continue reading

My cheesecloth …


My cheesecloth came today! This weekend I’m going to try my hand at a simple soft cheese that seems to be, basically, whole milk + buttermilk + heat + pressure + time. I think I can manage that.

Whee new project so excited.

Feta-Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Arugula Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers

I need to have a cookout when I can use my hand again, and serve these. You can basically never go wrong with feta or roasted red peppers.

The Scrumptious Pumpkin

I’ll just say it: turkey burgers can be pretty blah.

Sure, they’re a healthier choice because they’re lower in fat and calories than the traditional ground beef burger.

But doesn’t it still add up to a big waste of calories when the food is boring, bland, and flavorless?

So I’ve got this recipe that changes all that.

First, I stuffed the turkey patties with lots of salty crumbled feta.

Then I added smoky roasted red peppers and a fresh and peppery arugula pesto.

These turkey burgers happen to offer a tasty and savory combo of flavors in every cheesy, nutty, peppery bite.

They are so, so yummy.

My meat-and-potatoes-guy officially loves turkey burgers now, which was no easy feat, let me tell you.

Here, I unlock all the not-so-secret ingredients to making turkey burgers that actually taste amazing.

The first step is to make the roasted red peppers.


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