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Which one of these ricotta cheesecakes looks better

Molly Katzen has a crustless version in the 1977 Moosewood Cookbook. Very simple.

In a blender combine
4c ricotta
4 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c sugar or honey (or more)
2 tsps vanilla
Rind and juice of 1 lime or 1/2 lemon
1/4 t salt

Pour into butterd spring form pan. Bake 375,45min with a pan of water in the oven. Cool.

Apr 18, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Lovely lunch in Parma

We walked around for quite some time looking at menus, and decided on Osteria l'oca nera, villa Borghesi 3. Sits about 20. My husband and I split 3 types of pasta...gnocchi with four cheeses, ravioli stuffed with ricotta, chard, and pistachio sauce, and another pasta shape stuffed with pumpkin and anise with a red sauce. WOW. We did not get the torte frita, but it looked Fantastic. My daughter had a strawberry tiramisu with the tiniest wild strawberries with huge flavor. Other patrons were enjoying spaghetti with seafood, and cheese sampling plates.A good sized varied menu, wonderful service, affordable.

Apr 13, 2014
jill kibler in Italy

Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

I use a rocking garlic grater....can't get the photo...sorry. It is so fast, I never worry anymore. Frozen ginger is great, but the jarred stuff is ok in a pinch.

Apr 12, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Bacon flavors

5 spice

Mar 19, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Need help- cooking beans with more than just water?

Onions are amazing when added in three additions, first chopped and raw when simmering, second sautéed until golden brown with spices of your choice , and just at the end raw again for a crunchy bite. When adding the sautéed dip a spoon into the beans and add them to the sauté pan so they bubble. Then dump them back into the bean pot. Garlic can be added into this process, but I don't prefer it to get brown so I add it at the very last minute of the sauté .

Mar 17, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Smoking Laws in Europe, So. America and Canada?

My observation-I have lived in Europe for 11 years-there is a higher percentage of smokers in Europe than North America, so the chances of being around them no matter the laws, rules, etc. is greater. Last night when driving home, I observed about four people in front of each restaurant or bar I passed smoking, usually at the front door of the establishment.

Mar 14, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

Using up an obscene amount of eggs - help!

Spaetzle this recipe is modified from Saveur 97 Nov.

4 cups flour
1T salt
Mix together in a large bowl and set aside
1C milk
1/4 C water
Beat these and mix into the flour mixture ( you can add herbs like parsley to this mix if you like)

The mixture should be slightly thicker than pancake batter.
Drop the batter into a spaetzle machine or a Chinese strainer with holes the diameter of the tip of your pinky finger, into boiling salty water. Scoop out when they float, and dab each batch with a bit of butter.

This makes a large bowl of glorious noodles. We put every kind of sauce on them, but they are also great as left overs fried with onions and more eggs for breakfast. They also freeze very well.


Mar 13, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Favourite sweet pie??

Grape with two crusts....yummmmmmm!

Mar 12, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Self Cater an Evening Fundraising Event

Grabable fruit might be a good bet......grapes cut into little bunches, sections of citrus, plums, strawberries.....

Mar 08, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Gourmet Music

Depends...cooking our old favs brings out the dancing music....Stones, B 52s, Madonna. When I'm alone...Loreena Mckinnett, Bill Joel. Concentration needed....Ella, Louis, or Jack White.

Mar 07, 2014
jill kibler in Not About Food

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Lemon squares yesterday, Samoa bars today...I adapted the Girl Scout Samoa recipe from this site into a bar because that is all the time I have...LOL!

Mar 01, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Is "ash" a carcinogen?

Commonly used in cheese making. Here is a description for reasons for the use. Quite interesting....


Feb 18, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

Yep! Our fav Witamer, from Brussels!


Feb 16, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Waffles - What's Your Favorite Type??

Guafre Liegoise are my fav. Nothing on them, just their great, slightly doughy goodness with the crunchy little sugar chunks throughout.

Feb 09, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Is creamed chipped beef only liked by the people who were or are currently in the military?

It was the end of the month at our house...Midwest slightly past mid century. Budding beef in the package. We could stretch one package for all 5 of us! I remember hating to wash the dishes afterwards! Dad was in the navy for about 14 days...so probably not the influence.

Jan 22, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

Smooth Sauces without Tomato and others

Enchilada sauce?

2T oil heated with 2T flour until the flour browns, to this add 1 1/2 C water or stock that 4T chili powder(i like New Mexico chili, but your fav will do) have been "dissolved" in. Stir and add 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t garlic powder. Cook to a bubbly boil for 5 min. More/less salt and other seasonings can be added, and more water/stock can be added if too think.....yummmmm!

Jan 18, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Give me your best not-too-fussy cake recipe, please

Never fails to be moist and delicious!


Jan 11, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

Did not see this one posted. One of our family favs especially on a week night because it is soo quick and easy. We most often used canned beans, and water is a viable substitute for stock.

Having it tonight with grilled sammies!


Jan 09, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Need to avoid wasting beer...recipe ideas please

Only requires a cup, and it says stout, but we use all kinds of different beers, and we especially like the bitter types...


Jan 05, 2014
jill kibler in Home Cooking

The Great American Sunday Dinner

The K family has maintained this tradition on three continents so far. We grab up our friends and make it a feast whenever we can. It is a great excuse to try something new, or fall back on something that is everyone's fav, and the leftovers work during the busy work week!

Jan 03, 2014
jill kibler in General Topics

your favorite food movie..

Just watched this today for the first time.Bought it for an Xmas present! LOL! Lovely!

Dec 26, 2013
jill kibler in Not About Food

your favorite food movie..

Christmas in Conneticut...the scene where S.Z. Sakall serves appetizers from a buffet...the dialogue fits perfectly with the food !

Dec 25, 2013
jill kibler in Not About Food

Had any "First"s lately?

Made my first celeriac latkes inspired by a CHOW recipe. With horseradish and a smear of creme fraiche, yummmmmm!

Dec 24, 2013
jill kibler in General Topics

Joy of Cooking? Stollen recipe

I have the'68 version of JOC. The ingredients are what you have listed, but the butter is not cut in. Have you decide or baked another version already? Otherwise , I can paraphrase .....

Dec 22, 2013
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Great gluten free cake

Hi all. I am new to gluten free baking. I tried this recipe last night, using two loaf pans instead of a spring form pan. It is easy to make and delicious to eat! Enjoy!


Dec 15, 2013
jill kibler in Special Diets

sun dried tomatoes

A few, blended with cream cheese. Additions like capers, or roasted garlic.....Devine. Dip! Fast! Yummy!

Dec 04, 2013
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Other uses for a spaetzle maker other than spaetzle?

A wall hanging?

Dec 03, 2013
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Pecan pie safe at room temp?

I always figured that is why we have pie keeper cabinets...to keep the pies out of sight, but not refrigerated . Enjoy!

Nov 29, 2013
jill kibler in General Topics

Can you put meat proteins (not butter, but meat) into desserts successfully? I want to try oyster cupcakes. Can it be done?

In a light corn bread batter with sugar of course...might be nice, but maybe chopped, not puréed ?

Nov 27, 2013
jill kibler in Home Cooking

Recipes for hors d'oeuvres using duck confit?

Break up meat into small shreds.
Get lovely baguette, slice thin, spread with your fav honey...lavender might be nice. Top with a thin slice of goat cheese, a crumble of duck, and broil for a few secs?.......o my!

Nov 14, 2013
jill kibler in Home Cooking