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How to Make Creamy Ricotta

Traditional ricotta cheese is made from sweet whey produced when making other cheeses. The word ricotta actually means re-cooked. But if you’re not a full-time cheese-maker, you probably don’t have large quantities of fresh whey. That’s okay, because it’s simple to turn four ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now into a sweet,… Read More How to Make Creamy Ricotta

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How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

If you’re a pasta lover who’s tried to cut calories and/or carbs, no doubt you’ve heard that spaghetti squash is a fabulous substitute.  Well, I’m here to tell you, with apologies to Mark Twain, the difference between spaghetti squash and spaghetti is “the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning”.  But if you love squash,… Read More How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

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Pastry Dough, Italian-Style

Pasta frolla is the go-to pastry dough of Italian baking.  The phrase means short pastry, and you might find it reminds you more of shortbread cookie dough than of typical American pie dough.  It is rich, sweet, buttery, slightly citrusy, flaky, and a little bit crumbly.  It can be used in a range of baked… Read More Pastry Dough, Italian-Style