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Matcha Ricotta Happiness Bowl

matcha ricotta happiess bowl

There are times in life when your go to move is the ‘no recipe move’. Some cooks, like my Guy, can simply open up the refrigerator and create amazing concoctions based upon inspiration from the available ingredients. I typically am not in this category. I love to follow a good recipe concept, and often times Continue reading ‘Matcha Ricotta Happiness Bowl’

Cheesy Pumpkin Kale Lasagna (Lasagne Con Zucca e Cavolo)

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I’ve been racking my brain to find a recipe that felt like fall. The trouble with living in Northern California this time of year is that we are spoiled by our ‘Indian Summer’ weather. With temperatures ranging upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit it is difficult to look at all the amazing fall produce through the same eyes. I am dreaming of stews and lasagna in my mind’s eye and yet Continue reading ‘Cheesy Pumpkin Kale Lasagna (Lasagne Con Zucca e Cavolo)’

Ricotta Kale and Spinach Gnudi (pronounced “nu-dee”)

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Summer in Florence, Italy conjures up memories of light meals involving quick summer preparations. And this past week with the heat temperatures hitting over 100 degrees Fahrenheit I was on the prowl to capture a taste of Italian summer.

Whenever I think of Italy, I flashback to my year spent in Florence Continue reading ‘Ricotta Kale and Spinach Gnudi (pronounced “nu-dee”)’

Ricotta, Ricotta, Ricotta! Simply made creamy RICOTTA

There is just nothing like it. Homemade ricotta. It takes hardly any time and there is never a doubt that your family and friends will be stopped in their tracks with this simple yet satisfying recipe. It is really a versatile cheese – for breakfast it can be served with a fresh jelly or honey and nuts, for dessert with fresh berries or a with a sprinkle of cocoa and vanilla mixed in, and as an appetizer the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Creamy Ricotta


4 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 tsp kosher salt

3 TBS high quality white wine vinegar


Place a large colander over a deep bowl (colander should not rest on bottom of bowl as this will not allow the cheese to drain properly; if needed a conical sieve can also be used). Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the colander with the cheesecloth.

Pour the milk and cream into a stainless-steel or enameled pot (i.e. Le Creuset). Stir in the salt and bring mixture to a full boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally, ensuring that the milk does not burn on the bottom of the pot or create a firm skin on the top of the milk mixture. Once boiling, turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. During the first 2 minutes it will curdle and separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey). The mixture should rest for 15 minutes before transferring it into the cheesecloth-lined colander. Allow the whey to drain through the cheesecloth, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl.

(If you are like me and hate to throw anything out you can save the whey (liquid) for your pet).

The longer the mixture drains, the thicker the ricotta. For a moist ricotta allow 20-25 minutes; for a thicker ricotta allow to drain for 2 hours. Transfer the ricotta to a plate, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.


There are so many ways to deviate from the basic recipe….

– lemon ricotta: using the above recipe, add four lemons zested and juiced when mixing in milk, cream and 1 tsp sugar

– herb ricotta: one the cheese has been prepared as directed above, add in 3 TBS minced scallions, white and green parts (approx 2 scallions), 2 TBS minced fresh dill, and 1 TBS minced fresh chives