Homemade Rosemary Farmer’s Cheese with Garlic and Cracked Pepper

Finished CheeseHomemade Cheese. The smell when it is cooking is divine(smells a bit like cheese fondue). It makes me think I am in the Italian countryside preparing a fresh meal. In other words, you definitely  need to try making this homemade cheese: easy to make and wonderful on the tongue with its savory aromas and harmony of tastes.  I love the smell of rosemary and it goes beautifully with a little garlic and some freshly ground pepper for a little spice. Continue reading

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Homemade Raw Cashew Butter

Raw Cashew ButterSo I was really trying to find something to do with some leftover raw cashews. I had eaten half the bag, but then I felt guilty  eating them just plain(although delicious) knowing that they are such a versatile ingredient: great for vegans, tasty when roasted…and then I thought of cashew butter. I mean there is the commonly known peanut butter and the up and coming almond butter; so why not cashew butter. I will tell you now that it is wonderfully creamy and really retains the nuttiness that we all love. Continue reading

Health(ier) Strawberry Shortcake with Goat Cheese Whip Cream

  Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day! I know, healthy strawberry shortcake and goat cheese??? Trust me, it’s so delicious and light! I decided to give this classic dessert a healthy update today by using low-carb muffins and a goat cheese whip cream made partly with Greek yogurt for a more protein-packed dessert. Of course, who could forget the star of the show: beautiful, sweet, ripe, red strawberries. This treat features a moist muffin where you can really taste the agave paired with a contrasting zesty whipped cream and then the freshness of the strawberries kicking in! I love this treat for it’s wonderful textures and flavors. I also love how it isn’t an overload of sweetness. A perfect summer treat if you ask me. Continue reading

Mamãe’s Brazilian Beans

garnished with parsley
garnished with parsley

Seeing as today is the kick-off of the World Cup(GO BRAZIL!) I thought I would start this blog off by showcasing one of my favorite meals: Rice and Beans. This combination serves as the staple to any Brazilian home and is absolutely delicious! I love my mother’s recipe because it is just one of those feel-good meals that always make you feel happy and content, but is also good for you(and for all you vegetarians-it’s packed with protein!) Continue reading