I personally think tiramisu is the best dessert on Earth! It was the dessert that I was craving non-stop during my pregnancies. I typically make all my desserts at home. Scratch that, I make all my food at home: bread, buns, pasta, yogourt, etc. But at that time I couldn’t find any homemade tiramisu recipe that tasted good and was safe for me to eat while being pregnant. All the tiramisu recipes were with raw eggs and most of them with alcohol. So how to make tiramisu at home in a way that is safe for pregnant women and kids to eat?
Cheese… Who doesn’t love cheese? If you have cheese you are okay 🙂 I don’t drink milk because I don’t like the taste, but I do love cheese. Ever since I tried this recipe, I stopped buying ricotta cheese from the store. My homemade ricotta cheese is so much better! There are similar recipes on the Internet, but mine is a little different in a sense that you will taste the lemon in it. It is fresh, a little tangy, and so much better than store-bought cheese. You don’t need fancy equipment or special tools, just a simple cheesecloth or even a clean light dish towel will do the trick! Don’t be afraid of making your own cheese – it is fun and really rewarding! You can even make your homemade cream cheese with this ricotta. Just add 1/2 cup of 35% cream and a pinch of salt to your prepared and cooled ricotta cheese, and mix it well with a hand blender. Keep it cool and it’s good for a week.
Did you know that the most ordered dish in an Italian restaurant is a lasagna? And do you know why? Because a good homemade lasagna takes time. You need to boil the water, cook the pasta, dry the pasta, prepare the sauce, prepare the béchamel sauce if you want any, and shred all the cheeses. So yes, a classic lasagna takes a lot of time. Between the job and the kids, our time is usually in short supply, so I keep trying to reproduce classical recipes in a way that would be faster to prepare.
There are still quite a few steps that need to be done, but wherever I could save time, I found a way without sacrificing the taste. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family enjoyed it.
Warm Soup for the cold weather
That’s it, winter is here! It is very cold outside and a thick layer of snow covers the ground. It’s time for a nice bowl of hot soup! I don’t know about you, but I like to know the origin of the food I cook. Where it’s coming from and how the recipe started. So, here is a little bit of history of the word minestrone. In the meaning of thick vegetable soup, it was attested in English from 1871. The word comes from the Italian word for “that which is served”, and cognitively similar to “administer” as in “administer a remedy”. This soup could often contain herbs, beans, bits of pasta, ect., and it is served with Parmesan cheese.
Beets! I just love beets: in homemade juices, in soups, in salads and even as a food colorant to make the pink frosting on cupcakes. They are sweet, beautiful and very good for our health! This Russian beet salad recipe was given to me by my father-in-law, and I make this salad every week starting in late fall until the end of winter. That’s when the beets taste the best! Continue reading