Homemade cultured butter

April 22, 2014

Homemade cultured butter

My love affair with making my own dairy products started with my first batch of ricotta – an event that changed my cooking life. Until then, I just hadn’t realized how effortless it is to make fresh cheeses, crème fraîche or butter. But more importantly, it was a revelation to the taste buds – the flavor surpassed anything I’d ever bought in stores… even gourmet stores. And this homemade butter is no different. It is absolutely enchanting!

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Swiss chard tart with Fontina Val d’Aosta and pine nuts

It’s a given that Swiss chard is delicious when sautéed; but pair it with the famed Fontina Val d’Aosta from the Italian Alps, and the humble green veggie becomes absolutely delectable.

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Sherry-roasted butternut squash and brioche bread puddings

Bread pudding is usually thought of as a dessert, but it can easily be turned into a savory dish that is most satisfying. Today’s bread pudding is made with butternut squash that has been roasted in Sherry. The Sherry brings out the sweetness of the fruit, while the roasting deepens its flavor – a marvelous balance is achieved!

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Broccoli and clothbound cheddar torta

A torta (not to be confused with a tortilla, which is an omelet) is the Spanish version of a crustless quiche, although it’s a bit lighter. It is easy to prepare, looks like a showpiece, and of course, it’s marvelously delicious.

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Frittata with fingerling potatoes and roasted tomatoes

This humble frittata is so delicious and satisfying that you don’t need to wait for Sunday brunch to indulge. Indeed, it makes for a wonderful light dinner!

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