All posts filed under: In the Kitchen

Feta Chive Scones

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with mornings.  I absolutely love to BE up early.  I love watching the sunrise, I love how energetic I feel when I get an early start on the day, I love that first sip of coffee that warms me to my toes.  What I hate is to GET up early.  With all the rewards of an early start, it’s surprising how long I can linger under those blankets. When my husband started work at 4am, he always beat me out of bed.  Now that he gets to sleep in until 6am, I’m often the first one up.  While I like to linger and enjoy my morning, he likes to roll out of bed, throw his pants on, and be out the door in a flash. If I time it right, a batch of scones fresh out of the oven stops him in his tracks.  I tempt him to linger with me over hot coffee, warm scones, and a breathtaking sunrise.  These moments are rare and precious and …

Colcannon Cottage Pie for Dinner

Colcannon Cottage Pie

I enjoy serving something special for holidays, birthdays, Wednesdays…I admit it, I like to cook.  Cottage Pie sounded like a perfect fit for St. Patrick’s Day, but I wanted to add a unique touch to distinguish it from my usual Cottage Pie.  In case you are wondering why it is named Cottage Pie rather than Shepherd’s Pie:  the name Shepherd’s Pie is a reference to the protein source which is sheep.  If the protein source is beef, I don’t think we would want to call it Cow’s Pie.  Cottage Pie seems more like comfort food and less like fertilizer.  I muse about these things sometimes. To make it special, I used Colcannon instead of mashed potatoes.  Colcannon is an Irish version of mashed potatoes with greens mixed in.  It is traditionally served at Halloween, but it works nicely with Cottage Pie.  I then took it a step further by giving it an Appel Farms touch with Bacon Cheddar.  Everything is better with cheese and bacon. Here’s a song  to get you in a festive mood for making …

Nokkelost Bread with Pear and Cranberry

Nokkelost Bread

Nokkelost is a wonderful mystery to people. “What is Nokkelost?” “What do I serve it with?” “It’s a ‘Christmas Cheese’ right?” “How do you pronounce that?” In answer to most, but not all of those questions: Nokkelost is a flavored semi hard cheese, great all year round.  Nokkelost is like other cheeses in that it’s very flexible which I think is why Nokkelost is popular in many parts of Europe.  I posted a Nokkelost Quiche recipe in December to show how well it works in a savory dish.  Today I have for you a sweet, quick bread recipe to demonstrate how well it blends with fruit.  We served it plain at Christmas time, because the flavors in the cheese do conjure images of carols and mistletoe.  In dishes like the quiche and in baking, it marries beautifully with other flavors to give year-round appeal.  If you are interested in trying it, it’s available at the Cheese Shop or you can order it online from Everybody’s Store in Deming. The one question that I cannot answer is how to …

Coffee time with Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Today is National Banana Bread Day.  Banana Bread Day is one of those made-up holidays that I have way too much fun with.  I especially like to learn the history of the dish or recipe, it’s really fascinating how things develop. Banana Bread got it’s start during WWI when there were few ships to export the fruit from Hawaii.  People were looking for different ways to use bananas so that the fruit wouldn’t go to waste.  As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!  One of the first recorded recipes was printed in The Maui News on April 12, 1918. 2/3 banana 1/3 flour Yeast, coconut milk or water My favorite recipe isn’t nearly that old, I’ve had since about 2002.  It was hand written on a sheet of paper that ended up stained and torn from being pulled out so often.  I finally had to retype it before it disappeared completely.   While typing I realized that it’s one that you might really like too.  Rachel, who was working for us 15 years ago, …

Saag Paneer and Basmati Rice

Saag Paneer

They say that you eat with your eyes first.  I totally get that!  If something looks good, you expect it to taste good, and vice versa.  Unfortunately, to a lot of people this dish does not look good.  In fact, it can look a little bit slimy.  Don’t be fooled, it’s totally yummy!  The fragrant spices, mild spinach, tangy yogurt, and creamy Paneer are a heavenly combination.  Saag Paneer is a traditional East Indian dish with a balance of flavors. Paneer is the go-to cheese for weekly vegetarian nights at our house.  It is so versatile, I can use it in all types of dishes from Asian stir fry to sandwiches ( I will have to share that with you sometime). Saag Paneer Cut the Paneer in one inch cubes and place it in a seal-able bag. Mix the turmeric, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl.  Whisk in 3 tablespoons of oil. Pour the marinade in the bag with the Paneer and gently massage the bag to evenly distribute the marinade.  Let that marinate …

Creamy Peanut Butter Dip with Cinnamon Chips

Creamy Peanut Butter Dip

The thing uppermost in our minds on the farm right now is a snowstorm that hit this week.  We haven’t had a snowstorm close to this bad since 1995 and it makes all the jobs on the farm so much harder.  On the other hand, it is so beautiful that John and I were speechless as we were driving around the side roads.  Okay, John was speechless, I was busy pointing out the obvious: “Look at the snow!”  “Look at the icicles!”  “What are you looking at?  You should be watching the road!”  I’m very helpful that way. Since the parking lot is a mire of ice and snow, it’s been too dangerous to have the store open.  I miss my customers and my crew.  I also have way too much time on my hands so I’ve spent most of the week taking pictures of snow, icicles, and my cats.   I also had some fun playing with recipes, which my family is really, really happy about right now. Here’s a simple recipe that I’ve …

Chicken Nachos with Squeeze Cheese

Chicken Nachos

John and I are not very good about entertaining people in our home.  I say “John and I” so that he can shoulder part of the blame, that’s what husbands are for, even when they are blameless.  I get nervous about entertaining partly due to never realizing my unrealistic expectations of being the next Martha Stewart and partly due to the fact that anything I serve will probably include a liberal seasoning of cat hair.  If I could get all the cat hair under control…and if I could overcome my feelings of inadequacy…and if we had a football party…this is what I would serve. The Squeeze Cheese is a recipe that I have shared before but I am so in love with it that I had to share it again!  It is so fast and easy to make!  I like to keep a bottle in the fridge for those moments when I really need to squeeze some cheese on something.  That happens a lot. I made these nachos for my family a couple of times recently.  Something …

Low Carb Chicken Divan

Low Carb Chicken Divan

  In the middle of all the craziness of the last few months, I was asked to write an article for a Low Carb Magazine and share a recipe with their readers.  I was very honored and more than a bit intimidated, but since cheese is naturally low carb and since I have stacks and stacks of cheese recipes, I decided to do it.  As I was sorting through my recipes I realized that I love carbs. I really love carbs. My recipes have a lot of carbs! Did I mention that I am prediabetic and should watch my carbs?  Writing the article was convicting. Things have been a bit crazy starting in September with lots of little things going on. We remodeling the room over the garage.  Elizabeth (my blogging cohort) left to focus on her own business.  My daughter got married.  Our new creamery opened.  Little things like that. Okay, those aren’t little, those are big!  Then the holidays hit so my one month break from blogging stretched into four months. I missed this so much. …

Nokkelost Quiche

Nokkelost Quiche

I am really excited for you to meet two new kids on the block!  We are now making Havarti and Nokkelost. Nokkelost means “Key Cheese” in Norway and goes by the same name in Sweden.   It is very much like the popular Dutch Leyden.  Nokkelost is flavored with cumin, caraway, and cloves, making it perfect for a Christmas treat.  Close your eyes while you let it roll around on your tongue and visions of sugar plums will dance in your head.  It’s also one of the prettiest cheeses we have (don’t tell the others, they might get jealous). Look for Nokkelost in select grocery store chains around the Pacific Northwest during the holidays.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to enjoy this cheese!  Nokkelost is available right now at our Cheese Shop and at Everybody’s Store.   Everybody’s Store has it available online. We can talk about the Havarti next week, right now, let’s get baking! Nokkelost Quiche 1 unbaked pastry shell 10 ounces Nokkelost, grated 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 pound Quark 4 …