Herbal Labna Cheese

Labna is a traditional soft cheese from the Middle East that is made with yogurt. We’ve made our Labna with kefir we cultured ourselves from local raw goat’s milk. Kefir is a cultured milk product that is similar to yogurt, but has a wider variety of micro-organisms.This cheese is very easy to make, in fact, my 5 year old has prepared the cheese for this article.

Ingredients
Kefir(or Yogurt)
Work Bowls
Strainer
Linen cloth (do not use grocery store “cheesecloth” – a birdseye weave cloth diaper works well as does a white cloth napkin)
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Aromatic Brined Turkey

Thanksgiving is one of our most cherished holidays. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, and celebrate the gracious bounty and blessings that have been bestowed upon us over the past year. It is also the time of year when many folks struggle to prepare a juicy turkey 😉

Brining a turkey is one of the best ways to give you a moist, tasty, tender, satisfying holiday bird. The turkey absorbs moisture and flavor in this overnight preparation process. It also cuts down on the amount of work while cooking as it does not require basting and the constant attention that an un-brined bird does. Continue reading