Saturday, December 23, 2006

Deep Thoughts

Have you ever been walking to school and a car drives by and splashes you, and you can't decide whether to go home and change and be late for school or go to school all wet and dirty? While he was thinking about it, I drove by and splashed him again.

Tonight I made one of the seven varanike/cottage cheese pocket/kaseknoefla recipes in my Harder at Heart Cookbook. The Harders are Mrs. Cheryl Kaiser's maiden family. Let it be a lesson to you that "Large Curd Cottage Cheese" is not the same as "Dry Curd Cottage Cheese" which is what the recipe called for. The other lesson is that anything fried is delicious. The recipe is essentially a cup of cottage cheese, an egg yolk, and some salt mixed together for the filling and a dough of two cups of flour, another egg and the egg white, and a half cup of cream. You then make your little "hot pockets" and boil them and then fry them. You serve them with sour cream or a cream gravy (one recipe of which calls for the melted fat of a pound of bacon or sausage, mmm mmm good).

It is important to me to clarify that I do not endorse the use of cottage cheese in any form. I hate cottage cheese. I don't know how anyone can get behind a food stuff synonymous with cellulite. Everyonceinawhile, I will try it again by itself to see if my aversion has changed, but I am firm, unlike the rotting dairy product that is cottage cheese.

Tonight was just the beginning of my culinary indulgences this Christmas weekend. Before it is done, I hope to have also made bread pudding with mission figs (a figgy pudding if you will), rice pudding, pumpkin ice cream, and risotto from a box (I'd try it from scratch if Ellen gave me her recipe).

May you each have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a Fair to Middling Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



At December 24, 2006 10:28 PM, Blogger Michael Covarrubias said...

Have you tried Michigan brand cottage cheese? I'm not a fan of any other cottage cheese. I do like Michigan brand. It's dry with a ricotta consistency/texture.

At December 25, 2006 7:18 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

No I haven't. Have you seen it places besides Michigan? And if I don't find it around here, my feelings won't be hurt. It isn't a need of mine to like cottage cheese.

At December 26, 2006 4:39 PM, Blogger Michael Covarrubias said...

I've seen it way down in Indiana. I'm not sure how far it roams.

And though you may not need to like cottage cheese I know you appreciate a good food regardless of the label.

At December 27, 2006 2:18 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Thank you for what I take as a compliment. It's going out on a limb like saying I don't like eating putrid food. But I will do my diligence and maybe if I visit out there, we can convert me.


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