My first experiment with my new @Vitamix may have included rum.

My first experiment with my new @Vitamix may have included rum.

Just went out on my back porch to find a bunch of parsley, tomatoes, & basil that my neighbors had left for us! ❤️

Just went out on my back porch to find a bunch of parsley, tomatoes, & basil that my neighbors had left for us! ❤️

Redux. Crock-pot chicken with scallions, garlic scapes, & carrots, new potatoes, braised golden beets & beet greens, plus kale.

Redux. Crock-pot chicken with scallions, garlic scapes, & carrots, new potatoes, braised golden beets & beet greens, plus kale.

Everything for tonight’s dinner came from the farmers’ market! Well, except the garlic scapes, which are from my own garden. Crock-pot chicken with scallions, garlic scapes, & carrots; new potatoes; braised golden beets & beet greens.

Everything for tonight’s dinner came from the farmers’ market! Well, except the garlic scapes, which are from my own garden. Crock-pot chicken with scallions, garlic scapes, & carrots; new potatoes; braised golden beets & beet greens.

Garlic-herb yogurt cheese

More fun with yogurt! I’ve already written about making long-fermented SCD yogurt and about making yogurt cheese. Next: garlic-herb yogurt cheese! If you miss fancy cream cheese from bagel stores, this post is for you! I went the ultra-local route and used raw milk from a farm up the road, and herbs and garlic from my own yard.

Start with some yogurt cheese (just the cheese, not the liquid whey in the picture).

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Add some fresh herbs, chopped fine. I used chives, parsley, and basil.

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Press some garlic through a garlic press. The fresher the better!

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Mix it all together with a fork and add salt & pepper.

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That’s it! This is great as a dip or spread with veggies. I rolled some up in smoked salmon - YUM. 

Homemade yogurt cheese

Guys, I’ve been having so much fun with my homemade yogurt. Aside from eating it plain, putting it in smoothies, and making “ice cream” with yogurt and frozen fruit, I’ve been experimenting with yogurt cheese. Making yogurt cheese is ridiculously easy.

Put a colander over a mixing bowl - I like my jumbo measuring cup.

Drape a clean dish towel in the colander.

Dump a pint of yogurt in - I used homemade SCD yogurt.

Put all the corners of the dish towel on top - they will get wet and drip if they’re hanging over the edge.
Put a bowl on top, and put a weight in the bowl.

Leave everything in the fridge overnight.

The next day, your yogurt will have magically split into two new foodstuffs: yogurt cheese and whey! The yogurt cheese should dump effortlessly out of the dish towel into a bowl. 

I save the whey for fermenting veggies, but you could add it to a smoothie. The yogurt cheese is very much like cream cheese and can be used as a lactose-free, probiotic-packed substitute for cream cheese. So far I’ve used it to make SCD cheesecake and garlic-herb yogurt cheese (which tastes like something you would buy at a bagel store!). So easy and yumy!

Lamb burgers with onion, garlic, parsley, & oregano; garlic-herb yogurt cheese; grilled broccoli 

Lamb burgers with onion, garlic, parsley, & oregano; garlic-herb yogurt cheese; grilled broccoli 

Fancy canapé lunch! Cukes with liver pate, cukes with homemade garlic-herb yogurt cheese & smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs with roe, homemade sauerkraut.

Fancy canapé lunch! Cukes with liver pate, cukes with homemade garlic-herb yogurt cheese & smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs with roe, homemade sauerkraut.

Another dinner out on the lawn. Sausage with peppers, onion & garlic; spinach sautéed in the sausage fat; tomato salad with basil, garlic, & olive oil.

Another dinner out on the lawn. Sausage with peppers, onion & garlic; spinach sautéed in the sausage fat; tomato salad with basil, garlic, & olive oil.

Me and my heart during my echocardiogram. It was so busy in the OR that I ran down to radiology in my scrub cap - but I got it done! I think it was fine, although the tech said to wait for the cardiologist to read it before assuming anything.

Me and my heart during my echocardiogram. It was so busy in the OR that I ran down to radiology in my scrub cap - but I got it done! I think it was fine, although the tech said to wait for the cardiologist to read it before assuming anything.

One down.

Good news - I wheedled my way into a stress test today instead of having to wait till next week! Another of the many perks of working in a hospital. Better news - I passed with flying colors. NORMAL. 

I also remembered why I’m not a runner.

But I made it through, and my heart performed like a champ.

I got on the cancellation list for the echocardiogram, and they called me less than an hour later saying they had an opening for tomorrow! The OR is hella busy tomorrow, though, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get out for the appointment. We’ll see.

Dinner al fresco. Leftover coconut & ground beef curry, with high FODMAP veggies.

Dinner al fresco. Leftover coconut & ground beef curry, with high FODMAP veggies.