Recipe: Yogurt Cheese

Years ago I was at a friend’s house and looked in her fridge and discovered something strange. When I asked her what it was she said that she was making yogurt cheese. It was something that her grandmother had taught her how to make.

I had not really thought of it until recently, when this website (bzzagent) I am a member of asked me to review and give feedback on FAGE Greek yogurt. Since I was getting three 17.6oz containers of yogurt I figured this was the perfect situation.

You are going to need:

1 ½ teaspoons dry dill

1 teaspoon freeze dried garlic

¼ teaspoon salt

The zest of one lemon

2 cups of Greek yogurt

The non-food items you need are:

32oz wide mouth canning jar with lid

12oz wide mouth canning jar (you can use the same lid as above since you only need one at a time)

Cheese cloth 1’x3′

A rubber band

A small mixing bowl and a spoon

In the bowl combine the ingredients and mix in thoroughly. If you are impatient you can stop there and use the mix as a delicious dill dip for veggies or chips or on salmon.

Take the cheese cloth fold it into a 1’x1′ square and set it in the 32oz jar so it hangs about halfway down the jar and secure it below the jar threading with the rubber band.

Spoon the yogurt mixture into the cheese cloth net. Be sure not to press it in too hard so that it doesn’t press the mixture out.

Secure the lid and let the mixture refrigerate overnight.

When it is ready it will have lost about a half cup of liquid. Carefully remove the cheese cloth net, remove the yogurt cheese from the net and place it into the smaller jar.

Serve on crackers, toast, or bagels with lox or whatever you think is delicious.

Enjoy!

Hot Pot Inspired Hot Day Soup

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It is hot, but all the same I wanted hot soup. Something that was quick to make so I don’t heat myself out of the kitchen. I got to thinking of HotPot. I figured I could probably pull something like that together.
So I pulled out the cast iron Dutch oven and set to work.
First I added about a tablespoon of rendered unfiltered (still had salt pork nuggets in it) bacon fat. I turned up the heat and melted it down. Then I added a box of Pacific brand mushroom broth (you could also use beef) and a 1/2 cup of water (careful of splattering grease) and brought it to a rapid boil.
Next add about a pound of thinly sliced beef strips that you’ve let sit for about 15-30 minutes with salt on each side and a finely sliced jalapeño.
Next in goes the green onion about 5 chopped up.
Add some mushrooms, the fancy kind as pictured, also called shimeji if you want to get official. You can find them in the same section as the mushrooms in the grocery store in packages, you’ll use the whole package, just separate them from each other and drop them in.
Now add 2 chopped garlic cloves and about 10 shredded basil leaves.
Next up add a bunch of bok choy, chopped and two sliced tomatoes.
Turn off the heat and throw in some cellophane noodles (aka: bean thread noodles).
Add salt to taste and serve hot.

It is super easy since really all you have to do is rinse, chop and boil. Since it only takes about 15 minutes top to make it won’t heat up the whole house.