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Easy Homemade Yogurt

At first, thinking about making Homemade Yogurt seemed like a challenging task and probably not even worth trying. I also heard some discouraging comments about how it might be a slow and stinky process. Thank God for the internet! I found many recipes that made it look so easy, so then… the only question was, is it delicious? It is. And I will continue to make yogurt because it is so easy.

All you need are a couple of tablespoons of a good store-bought yogurt, a quart of milk and a cooking thermometer. I followed the procedure exactly, and got a wonderfully thick result. I wanted to try flavoring it, by adding a little Stevia and few drops of good quality vanilla extract. It’s a good thing I did a little research, because initially I would have added the stevia and vanilla before transferring the milk and yogurt mix to the glass containers. That would have resulted in a liquid mess, it would have never thickened. Whatever you want to add, make the yogurt first following the recipe’s instructions and add the sweeteners or flavorings only after it has thickened. In my experience, adding the stevia and vanilla did compromise the thickness a little bit. It’s the one pictured in the bowl with the berries.

Another important tip, is that when you cover your container with the kitchen towel, make sure you cover the entire thing, including the top. The more time you let it thicken, the more it will, but you also increase the tartness in the flavor. I left mine for exactly 6 hours because I couldn’t wait to see the results.  Next time I will try leaving it alone for 8 hours. Next up, coconut milk and almond milk yogurt.

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Helga

Homemade Yogurt

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

One of my favorite things in the fall, is that now we can get sugar pumpkins here in Guate! I got these from a friend (who happens to be also a great cook, you can see his Guest Foodie post here) and I was thrilled. These are the best pumpkins to get puree out of. Remember the pumpkins from our October wallpaper collection? From 5 pumpkins… I got 2 cups of puree. Now, from these babies, I got 2 heaping cups of delicious puree. Since I was going to make something sweet (rather than savory) out of them, I decided to sprinkle some brown sugar.

The cooking time will depend highly on your pumpkins, the best way to check if they are done is to try to insert a knife trough the skin. If it goes through smoothly… they are done!

Stay tuned for the next recipe… where we use our pumpkin puree!

Kitty

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

I’ve missed posting like I regularly did, this year has been full of changes and adjustments for me and I just can’t seem to get a handle on my schedule… but I’m still here!

Now more than ever, I am leaning towards fast and easy recipes. I always try to keep homemade tomato sauce in my fridge, I use it for all sorts of things and is sometimes a lifesaver when I need to get a quick meal ready for my daughter. I use it to make a quick pasta dish, or pita bread pizzas for her. For breakfast I use it on eggs and sometimes I use it on my cooking when the recipe calls for tomato sauce. Of course, using store-bought tomato sauce is convenient, but we have gotten so used to the natural flavors of the homemade kind that we don’t like the flavor of the commercial brands anymore. You might have to invest a little time in making it, although it’s actually quite easy, but you can double this recipe to freeze half of it for later use. And also, don’t you think that every home cook should know how to make a good tomato sauce?

Helga

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

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