July 7, 2003 |
When we were kids, my brothers and I would play a game in which we jumped on our beds to see who could knock off the most plaster from the bedroom ceiling. Like many homes built more than 50 years ago, our home had ceilings of rough plaster, or "cottage cheese." Today, many homeowners are scraping off this plaster to modernize their homes. It's difficult, messy and fatiguing.
July 31, 2002 |
It's hard to beat fresh figs served with Camembert, Brie or goat cheese; the sweetness of the figs marries so well with the creaminess and saltiness of the cheese. But the calories of this summer pleasure can be more than you want to think about. That's what inspired this lighter alternative, one that makes a good appetizer on a warm evening. For this simple crostini, puree low-fat cottage cheese until light and smooth, resulting in an almost fluffy texture.
January 23, 2002 |
You usually think of cottage cheese in a salad--not a sandwich. But mixed with a few fresh herbs and seasonings, low-fat cottage cheese makes a great high-protein topping for rye toast. I like the distinct caraway flavor of the bread with the mild cottage cheese, and there's something soothing about the warm toast and cool topping. Serve shredded carrots and alfalfa sprouts alongside. For a quick snack, keep a batch of the cheese mixture in the fridge.
November 21, 2001 |
One of my favorite things to cook as the weather turns cooler is Chili Cheese Supper Dish. Relatively inexpensive, this has to be one of the most foolproof recipes to make, and it has a very satisfying taste and texture. Other than grating the cheese, the rest is simple measuring, mixing and baking. This is ideal for beginners. Serve it with warm tortillas and a simple green salad. Make a salad dressing of three parts olive oil mixed with one part white balsamic vinegar and add a pinch of salt.
May 23, 2001 |
A holiday to celebrate cheese sounds like a French idea. But it is Shavuot, the upcoming Jewish festival, that highlights dairy foods. The official purpose of the two-day holiday, which begins on Sunday evening, is to commemorate Moses receiving the Scriptures on Mount Sinai. Its unofficial raison d'etre is that on this day you're supposed to indulge in creamy delights--noodle kugels with sour cream, cheese filo pastries, cheese blintzes, and most important of all, cheesecakes.
February 16, 2000 |
Eating right means being prepared. When hunger strikes, have on hand low-fat snacks such as this cottage cheese spread. This recipe was given to me by a Hungarian friend, Ildiko Worner. She likes to make a batch and keep it in the refrigerator. When she wants a little nibble of something, she has a bit of dip with fresh vegetable sticks or a toasted baguette slice.