“Simple Scalloped Potatoes with Goat Cheese, Garlic and Rosemary Recipe”

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This recipe is easy requires 25 minutes preparation time, approximately 45 minutes cooking time, and serves 6. Creamy and cheesy with a crispy Parmesan topping.

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup goat milk
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed with peels on*
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  • With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the potatoes into very thin slices, 1/8-inch-thick or less. Place the potatoes in a   large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with the minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the slices    as evenly as you can.
  • Spread 1/3 of the potato slices in the bottom of the prepared dish. Crumble half of the goat cheese over the  top. Repeat with the next 1/3 of the potatoes, then the remaining goat cheese, then finish by layering on the final third of the potatoes. The potatoes may discard some liquid as they rest in the bowl. If this happens,  simply leave the liquid in the bottom bowl and shake the potato slices gently in your hands to remove excess  liquid before layering them in the dish.
  • Pour the milk evenly over the top of the dish, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Cover the dish with foil, bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 additional minutes, until the top has browned. Scatter the rosemary over the top. Serve hot.


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“Simple Crispy Goat Cheese Wantons with Chili Sauce Recipe”

 

 

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Ingredients for the wantons

 

Ingredients for the chili sauce:

  • 2 parts soy sauce
  • 1 part sesame oil
  • 1 part rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 part Honey
  • 1/2 part hot chili sauce
  • sesame seeds for garnish

 

Directions:

  • First make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients together with a whisk. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Heat two inches of oil in a 2 quart saucepan to about 350 degrees.
  • Put a small dab of goat cheese in the center of each wanton wrapper. Run a wet finger around the edge and fold the wanton in half diagonally. Press with your fingers to seal the dough.
  • Bring the two outer corners up and overlap them, sealing with a bit of water. You can also leave the wantons in a triangle shape, if you desire.
  • Drop the wantons in the hot oil and let fry for about a minute to a minute and a half, just until they are golden and crispy. Flip them halfway through. Drain on a paper towel.
  • Serve hot with the dipping sauce on the side.


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“Homemade Smoked Provolone Cheese”

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What is Provolone Cheese?

Pronounced: proh-voh-LOH-nee

If you can imagine mozzarella with a fuller flavor, then you have imagined Provolone. It is a semi-hard Italian cheese, aged for a minimum of six months, and originated in Casilli near Vesuvius  where it is still produced in various shapes as in 10 to 15 cm long pear, sausage, or cone shapes. A variant of Provolone is also produced in Japan and North America.

Smoked cheese makes a wonderful addition to sandwiches. Now, you can create this great taste with the step-by-step instructions for the best homemade smoked provolone cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 4 gallons of raw goats milk
  • 1 teaspoon of type K or KL lipase powder dissolved into 1/3 cup of cool, non-chlorine water
  • 4 teaspoons of citric acid powder dissolved in 3/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water. Allow this to sit for 5 minutes or more.
  • 1 teaspoon of rennet mixed in 1/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water

Instructions making the provolone cheese

  • Warm 2 gallons of the milk to 86 degrees F
  • Mix in the dissolved lipase powder.
  • Keeping temperature at 86 degrees F, let milk set for 1 hour to incubate.
  • Add the dissolved citric acid to the remaining 2 gallons of cold goats milk.Then, add the cold milk to the 2 gallons of warm milk and bring the temperature to 86 degrees F.
  • Add the dissolved rennet to the combined 4 gallons of milk.
  • Allow to sit for 15 minutes or more. Whey will cover the top of the curds.
  • Now you are ready to cut the curds into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Allow curds to settle to the bottom of the pot, and then slowly raise the temperature to 115 degrees during a 30 minute time frame while stirring.
  • And now, using a large dipper or stainless pot with a handle, remove the whey from the curds that have settled to the bottom of the pot. Leave enough whey to cover the matted curds.
  • Prepare ice water in a pan long enough for the desired length of your provolone cheese log.
  • Meanwhile, heat the whey that is covering the provolone log that you have begun shaping. Use a cloth that you drained the curds into to turn the log of provolone in the heated whey. Remove the heated whey and the provolone cheese log from the heat. Continue to lift the cloth to aid in shaping the log of cheese.
  • When cheese becomes smooth and firm enough to handle, place the cheese into the ice water. Avoid handling the cheese log as much as possible.
  • Do not rush the cooling process! If you have a wooden mold 3″x3″ and 10″ long, place the cheese log into the mold. After the cheese log chills, remove and rub with iodine free salt and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator at 45 degrees and redress every two days for 8 or 10 days. If you are going to smoke the provolone cheese, do not uncover the cheese log.
  • After 10 days, wipe the cheese with cool water and pat dry.

Smoking the provolone cheese

  • Cold smoke your provolone cheese for approximately 4 hours. You can use small hickory chips, fresh from the woods or small sassafras twigs from sassafras trees.
  • Cold smoking cheese and meat is simple and inexpensive.
  • All you need is a clean metal bottomless garbage can and a soldering iron. Take an average size can of vegetables and partially cut the lid, leaving enough of the lid attached to close the can after filling it with wood chips. Be sure to remove the outside paper from the can, then wash and dry it.
  • Use tin snips to cut a round slot in part of the lid to allow you to put the soldering iron into the can filled with wood chips. Fill the can with small hickory chips or small sassafras twigs and place soldering iron into the can. Place garbage can on gravel and place the can with chips and soldering iron just under the metal bottomless garbage can. If you have a smoker, it will also work just fine.
  • And now, this is what makes it a cold smoker. Take a large box that will cover the top of your smoker and cut a hole in the bottom of the box, about a 6 inch diameter circle. Place the box on top of the smoker making sure that the box will receive all of the smoke. Place a rack a few inches above the bottom of the box and place this rack as far away from the 6 inch diameter hole as possible. This to allow the cheese to absorb the smoke and remain cool.
  • After about 15 minutes, unplug the soldering iron. Check the cheese, and if the cheese is dripping, then remove the cheese, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Repeat the process until the cheese starts making a rind. The color of the cheese will have a slight yellow cast. Do not let the rind become too dried out and hard. Wax the cheese after it is smoked, so that other cheeses that are being aged do not become smoked. Age 6-8 months or more from date of being waxed.

Enjoy! The best Smoked Provolone Cheese.

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“HOW Whey Benefits YOUR Hair?”

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Now that you have made your Dill Bread and if you still have a lot of left over whey, firstly, let us get started and experiment it on hair.

Whey is an excellent hair care product. Whey nourishes, strengthens and softens hair. You will probably find that after using whey on your hair, it is much healthier and shinier looking. And, because it is slightly acidic, whey helps improve the health of your scalp – where your hair gets its nourishment.

There are several variations of uses for whey on your hair. If your hair is not extremely filthy or oily, you can use whey in place of a shampoo to cleanse your hair. Just rub in thoroughly and rinse with cool to lukewarm water.

If your hair needs a thorough cleansing than shampoo first, and follow with a whey rinse. Leave on the hair for 5 to 15 minutes, then gently rinse with water.

Need some serious conditioning? Wet clean hair thoroughly with the whey, brushing with styling brush to distribute evenly, then let dry naturally. Rinse with warm water, dry and style. You are really going to love how soft and silky your whey-conditioned hair looks.

Another of my favorite hair care uses for whey! If you use styling gel, cream or mousse on your hair, try using whey instead. Just spray or comb whey through your wet hair and style as usual.

The whey adds great texture and body to hair, and is especially useful for fine or limp hair, because it does not weigh it down like many hair products. Just be sure to keep separating the hairs as you dry, or the hair will tend to clump together, just like gel, cream or mousse would do.

Whey is the best heat and humidity-resistant hair styling product that I have come across. Even in an extreme heat index of over 110 degrees F, the whey would hold your hair without collapsing.

And, not forgetting, you are getting the benefit of all that protein for your hair as well!

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HOW TO Make Fresh Dill Bread?

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Now that you have made your Ricotta, you will still have a lot of left over whey. You can now use it in bread baking, soup stock or even to cook pasta. Ricotta freezes fairly well, but is never quite as good as fresh. You can freeze lots of Ricotta in the summer to use in bread baking in the winter. The following Dill bread recipe uses both whey and ricotta in its preparation. However, if you do not have whey and Ricotta, this bread can be made with water instead of whey, and small curd cottage cheese instead of Ricotta. This is a delicious bread that makes excellent toast and grilled cheese sandwiches. This recipe makes two loaves of Dill bread.

Dill Bread Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup. Whey
  • 1 Tablespoon. Yeast
  • 2 Cup. Ricotta
  • 2 Tablespoon. Butter
  • 4 Tablespoon. Sugar
  • 1 small. Onion, minced
  • 2 tsp. Dill weed
  • 2 tsp. Dill seed
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup. Wheat germ
  • 5-6 Cup. Flour

Heat the whey to luke warm and place in a large mixing bowl. Dissolve the yeast in the whey. Place the Ricotta and the butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave until the butter just melts – about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high; be sure to stir it occasionally.

To the yeast mixture add the sugar, onion, dill weed & seed, salt, baking soda and eggs. Mix until combined. Add the wheat germ and the Ricotta, and mix well. Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour and beat on medium for 5 minutes. Slowly add another 1 1/2 cups of flour. Now switch to the dough hook and continue to slowly add enough of the remaining flour to create a fairly stiff dough. I use a heavy duty Kitchen Aid mixer when making this bread. If you have a “weaker” mixer, you may have to finish adding the rest of the flour by hand. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until the dough springs back when you poke it – approximately  5 to 10 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, knead briefly and divide in half. Shape the dough into smooth loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour. Alternatively, if you do not want to time the risings, you can just keep an eye on the loaves until they look right.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for about 50 minutes.

When the bread is done, turn it out of its pan and let it cool on a wire rack. Cut yourself off a piece and eat it while it is still warm. Yummy.

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