Strawberry Yogurt

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Ahh, vacation. I just got back from an epic roadtrip in California with my friend Natalie. We took the trolley to Tijuana for a day, then rented a car and drove from San Diego to Santa Cruz and back, stopping for many adventures along the way (see: butterflies, whale watching, being offered drugs in an alley in Mexico, not accepting said drugs in Mexico, skydiving, hiking, hanging with townies, and so on). It’s really amazing what a weeks worth of fresh air and glorious views will do to a girl. I came home┬árefueled with tons of energy, unfortunately at midnight… After jumping right back in to a 7 am day at work the next day, I got home from work and worked around the house all night making homemade broth, then soup, then unpacking everything and cleaning. And no, incase you are wondering, that is not normal. Though I wish it were. Since then I’ve still been on an high energy kick and am feeling great. I finally got the chance to make that homemade yogurt, so listen up I’ll tell you all about it.

As much as I want to tell you that my first time making yogurt was a breeze and as the recipe suggests, anyone can do it, I beg to differ. So you know, I do have a delicious batch of strawberry yogurt in my fridge at this very moment, but how it got there is not the greatest. My first problem arose after I had already started heating up the milk and realized that the recipe calls for the oven to be set at 100 degrees F, but mine only goes to 170 at the lowest. I figured that if I shortened the cooking time from 6 hours down to 4.5 or 5, it would be completely fine. I also didn’t have enough small jars to portion it out into single servings like the recipe did, so I just used one large jar full of plain, and a smaller one that I mixed in some strawberry preserves. My mom made these preserves with fresh strawberries from her garden, but the mixture didn’t “gel”, as she says, when they were cooking, so now she calls it “strawberry ice cream topping.” Regardless, it’s delicious. And I digress… Continue reading

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Back in the swing of things…

Ah, the holidays are over. Finally we can all get back to our normal lives and pant sizes (unless you’re like me and have a plate of cookies in the freezer that you just broke into).

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Not that I believe the holidays are all about the gifts, but I gotta say this year I really scored in the cookbooks department. I got books about bread, pastry, foraging, the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (!!!), and a little surprise gem sent across the country to me from my good friend Natalie. It’s called Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven, a Dutch food stylist, illustrator, and culinary editor. If I ever were to write a cookbook, this is exactly what I would want it to be like. It’s full of not only hundreds of creative, resourceful, and simply delicious sounding recipes, but also is glittered with her own adorable illustrations as well as photographs of the lush Dutch landscape taken by someone named Oof Verschuren. It’s honestly a work of art. Well done, Natalie. And Yvette. And Oof. Well done.

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