Synopses & Reviews
Butter, yogurt, ricotta, and other fresh dairy products have been made in home kitchens around the world for centuries. They are not difficult to make, require no complicated aging techniques, and offer the home cook a wonderful range of tart, sweet, nutty, silky, creamy, melty textures and flavors. With the growing availability of local, organic milk and the soaring popularity of raw milk, now is the perfect time to bring fresh dairy products back to the home kitchen.
Author Kathy Farrell-Kingsley begins with simple, step-by-step instructions for making sour cream, buttermilk, mozzarella, fresh goat cheese, and other fresh milk products. Home cooks will be thrilled with the simple but magical process of turning milk or cream into cultured dairy products and soft, unripened cheeses. There's nothing quite like watching cream turn into butter or tasting the slightly chewy tang of homemade mozzarella.
Following the dairy instructions are 75 delicious cooking and baking recipes developed to showcase products from The Home Creamery. Cheese Blintzes, Herbed Goat Cheese Bites, Mozzarella Panini, Spinach Ricotta Pie, Coleslaw with Buttermilk Dressing, Chocolate Sour Cream Cake, and Tiramisu are that much sweeter when made with the rich creamy goodness of homemade dairy items.
"Farrell-Kingsley's thorough but unintimidating recipe instructions will enable any reader to make a variety of dairy products, and many home cooks will be eager to try them."
"You won't churn out any award-winning artisanal brie, but you could make a darn fine mozzarella. Kathy Farrell-Kingsley is ready to walk you through the latter (as well as a variety of other easy soft cheese and dairy products) in her recent book, "The Home Creamery." This isn't the book for serious cheesemakers (as in, those who hope to ditch the corporate life for a dairy farm in Vermont), but rather those who enjoy playing in the kitchen or want bragging rights at their next dinner party. The recipes are simple, easy to follow and would be great projects to do with the kids. Cheeses include cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, goat cheese, mozzarella and marscapone. The book also includes recipes for using the cheeses. Farrell-Kingsley also explains how to make yogurt, kefir, butter, creme fraiche and sour cream."
"Imagine crème fraiche that's really fresh. If you're up for a really fringy pursuit, you can learn to make your own dairy products - butter, yogurt, sour cream, cheeses - from Kathy Ferrell-Kingsley's new book, The Home Creamery. With this guide, you're biggest challenge might be finding a source for milk-curdling rennet."
The Newark Star-Ledger
Discover how easy it is to make fresh dairy products at home You don't need a commercial kitchen or specialty ingredients to whip up your own cheeses, yogurts, and spreads. With simple step-by-step instructions that don't require complicated aging techniques, you can add a wonderful range of tart, sweet, and nutty flavors to your cooking. From fresh buttermilk for mouthwatering pancakes to creamy mozzarella in a refreshing Caprese salad, you'll soon enjoy the fresh flavors of your homemade dairy creations.
You don't need a commercial kitchen or professional training to make your own fresh dairy products. With Kathy Farrell-Kingsley's simple, step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to easily make yogurt, kefir, butter, piima butter, buttermilk, creme fraiche, quark, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta, goat cheese, mozzarella, and mascarpone.
The Home Creamery also includes 75 delicious cooking and baking recipes that will use and showcase your homemade dairy products. You'll love the Lemon Scones, Buttermilk Pancakes, Cheese Blintzes, Olive and Cream Cheese Toasts, Curried Yogurt Dip, Grilled Cheese with Figs, Mushroom Bisque, Broccoli-Stuffed Shells, Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Enchiladas, Chocolate Sour Cream Cake, Tiramisu, Cherry Cheese Tart, and Pecan Swirls.
Fresh and Easy
You don't need a commercial kitchen or unrecognizable ingredients to whip up fresh buttermilk, yogurt, cream cheese, creme fraiche, mozzarella, goat cheese, and other dairy delights. Simpler-than-you-think instructions encourage you to turn your fresh, sweet milk and cream into cultured dairy products and soft, unripened cheeses.
Enjoy your creamy, homemade spreads and cheeses as simple accompaniments to small bites or light meals, or as starring ingredients in more substantial side dishes, salads, entrees, and desserts. 75 recipes -- from Cheese Blintzes to Chocolate Sour Cream Cake -- bring out the very best in your dairy creations.
About the Author
Kathy Farrell-Kingsley is the author of many cookbooks, including Chocolate Therapy, The Big Book of Vegetarian, and Chocolate Cakes, selected as one of the best cookbooks of 1993 by Julia Child. Kathy was the food editor of Vegetarian Times for five years, and she has written numerous articles for other publications, such as Cooking Light, Eating Well, and McCall's. She was the founder of Great Cakes Bakery, which still operates in Westport, Connecticut. Kathy lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Setting Up Your Home Creamery
Part One: Cultured Dairy Products
Part Two: Soft, Unripened Cheeses
Part Three: Recipes from the Home Creamery
No Forks Required
Not Just for Lunch
The Main Event