Friday, January 30, 2009

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin Seeds from one Pumpkin
  • 2 TB of Vegetable Oil
  • Chili Powder to Sprinkle
  • Salt to Sprinkle
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Spread oil on a brownie pan.
  • Lay seeds in one layer.
  • Sprinkle with chili powder (I used ichimi, a Japanese chili powder) and salt.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes (or thereabouts!), checking every 10 minutes and stirring seeds.

Pumpkin Muffins


  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 3/4 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP Grated Nutmeg
  • 4 TB Butter
  • 1 EGG
  • 1/2 Cup Mashed Pumpkin Flesh
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and spices in one bowl.
  • In the microwave melt the butter in the milk (in mine, it takes about a minute and a half)
  • In a second bowl, break eggs and add mashed pumpkin and raisins, stir well.
  • Add milk and melted butter slowly while stirring.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Pour into the butter cups of a 12 cup muffin pan.
  • Bake for approx. 20 minutes


Pour the batter into the bread pan of a bread machine. Using the "bake" setting results in a beautiful and tasty, sweet pumpkin bread.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Experimenting with Cheese (Ricotta)

Ricotta Cheese

  • 1 Quart Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 TB Lemon Juice


Prep: Line a large sieve with a layer of cheesecloth and place over a mixing bowl.

On the stove:

  • Bring whole milk, heavy cream and salt to a rolling boil in a 6 quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  • Add fresh lemon juice.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture curdles.
  • Pour the mixture in the lined sieve and let drain 1 hour.
  • Discard liquid, chill Ricotta, covered. It will keep for 2 days. Will produce 1 cup.


  • Divide into 2 dessert bowls and serve with honey and cinnamon.
  • Bake on top of pizza.
  • Crumble on top of pasta.
  • Mix with herbs or garlic and a little olive oil and spread on top of bread.