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Homemade Yogurt (sugar-free)

Making yogurt sounds difficult, but it actually is relatively easy and inexpensive. This recipe makes a tasty sugar-free yogurt. If you let the culture grow 24 hours or more, it will process the majority of lactose in the milk making it mostly lactose free. We use half and half because it tastes a lot better, but you could also use skim milk.

1/4 gallon of half and half
1/2 gallon of whole milk
4 tablespoons yogurt with live cultures

1. In a dish, add half and half and whole milk. DSC_1942-001
2. Bring the milk to a boil stirring constantly. If you have a thermometer, milk will boil at a little less than 200 degrees F. Make sure to watch carefully so that the milk won’t boil over. DSC_1944-001
3. Let the milk cool to a 110 degrees F (using a water bath will speed this up). Using the cooled milk, mix yogurt with live cultures.DSC_1953-0014.  Add yogurt mixture.DSC_1957-001
5. Set up the incubator.DSC_1958-001
6. Place your milk container in the incubator at 110 degrees F.DSC_1962-0017. Cover the incubator and wait for 24 hours. DSC_1963-0018. Yogurt is now ready! If the yogurt is too tangy, you could use a strainer or a cheese cloth to drain off the liquid. DSC_2016-001

Steamed Asian Pear!

After working on a scientific paper all day, writing a recipe seems fun and easy! One of my wonderful friends gave me a bunch of Asian pears the other day. Since we are suffering from a cold and sore throats lately, we decided to make steamed Asian pears which is suppose to be a good home remedy for sore throats. This recipe uses two Asian pears and serves four people.

2 Asian pears
2 tablespoons honey
Ground cinnamon
3 dates (soaked and chopped)

1. Wash the pears. Cut the top off the pears and save to use as a lid.  Also, cut off a small slice at the bottom so that the pear will stand straight during steaming.

2. Remove the core using a spoon.3. Add 1 tablespoon of honey, dates and sprinkle ground cinnamon.

4. Place the top back on the pear. And steam them for 30 minutes or until pears are tender.

5. Serve warm or with ice cream!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

One of my favorite meals includes, plain rice, bbq chicken and green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Being health conscious, we like to make our own balsamic vinaigrette which has no sugar. This recipe makes two cups of dressing that usually lasts us about a month. I like to buy balsamic vinegar at World Market because they have a large variety of flavors.

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 tablespoon minced garlic ( or 2 cloves of crushed garlic)
Ground black pepper to taste
salt (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together. Store in a bottle. Shake well before use!



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