Looking for a weekend food project with an awe-inspiring, tasty outcome? Set aside a couple of hours to craft fresh, homemade mascarpone cheese.
Mascarpone is a soft, creamy, Italian cheese found in many desserts, including Tiramisu. I got to know (and love) it in one of my family’s favorite pasta dishes — which I will share in an upcoming post. You can usually find mascarpone in your grocery store “fine” cheese section. And if you can’t find it, you can substitute for it with reasonable (but not great) results: Try ricotta cheese blended with heavy cream or cream cheese mixed with cream and butter.
But! If you’ve got a couple of hours and can wait overnight to use your product, you can make your own. It’s amazingly easy — and quite delectable! Continue reading “Weekend Food Project: Make Your Own Mascarpone Cheese”
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition started in Southern Italy and now commonly celebrated by Italian-Americans. On Christmas Eve, instead of overindulging in rich, heavy foods, families gather to celebrate with seven seafood dishes. Or nine, eleven, twelve, or thirteen, depending on what Italian region the families hail from. The tradition is based on the Roman Catholic practice of abstaining from meat (and sometimes dairy) on Christmas Eve as families await Jesus’ birth. Continue reading “Could the Feast of the Seven Fishes be your New Holiday Tradition?”
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. It’s usually our friend, increasing blood flow to the injured area and causing pain to make us aware of the problem. But a February, 2004 Time Magazine issue called inflammation out as a “secret killer,” linking it to heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other serious diseases. Continue reading “Start Eating These Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Today”
Want to cut your risk of heart disease in half?
A new study from the American College of Cardiology shows eating the heart healthy foods of the Mediterranean diet is the way to go.
Researchers followed more than 2,500 Greek adults from 18 to 89 years old for more than 10 years. Study participants followed the Mediterranean diet — a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oils accompanied by seafood and red wine and lesser amounts of red meat, poultry, and dairy products. The participants provided health information each year and completed in-depth surveys about their medical records, lifestyle, and dietary habits at three points during the 10-year period. Continue reading “Yet Another Reason You Should Eat Like You’re Greek”
Cilantro. People love it or they hate it. Vehemently. People who think cilantro tastes like soap — or the smell of bug spray, stinkbugs, or a musty basement — seriously want to eradicate it from the face of the earth.
Continue reading “Do You Think Cilantro Tastes Like Soap? Here’s Why.”