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Making soft cheeses at home

I’m sorry if this is not progressive or modern of me, but achieving certain levels of domestic accomplishment fills me with an inexplicable glow of happiness. Like when my chocolate chip banana bread rises perfectly or when I do an especially thorough job of cleaning the bathroom or when my roommate and I host a successful party.

So since I also love food, I have been extremely intrigued by recent mentions of making one’s own cheese. My friend Erica’s blog, Cheese: A Journey, just posted about making mozzarella, and the other day I saw instructions for making ricotta in Details. Making my own cheese seems like one of those vaguely domestic projects that I would like to tackle. I love all things cheese and I can only imagine it’s more delicious if you make it yourself. Although I have no desire to be a professional housewife, I would like to spend a Sunday folding laundry, re-potting my indoor herb garden, and vacuuming the apartment before tearing into an insalata caprese made with tomatoes I picked up that morning from the farmer’s market, basil from my windowsill, and mozzarella I made myself.

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Things I’m Loving: Canvas Tote Bags

For whatever reason, the warm weather is making me extremely lustful for canvas tote bags (ever notice how much I use the word “lust” on this blog? too much?). Normally I cart around my giant purple leather sack or my trusty black Jack Spade messenger to and from work, but recently I have ditched both in favor of my ancient orange-strapped L. L. Bean Boat & Tote. The warmth and sunshine make me feel more casual, like my belongings can be chic-carelessly thrown into a bag without worrying about snow or rain or freezing temperatures. I picture myself spontaneously stopping by outdoor markets and lazily collecting apples and cheeses and flowers in my spacious tote bag. In this weather, armed with my tote, I am ready for whatever Manhattan adventures lie before me.

So you can imagine the delight with which I beheld this amazing Penfield Squall tote bag on Selectism this morning (Selectism is so awful because I want about 75% of the things they post, even though it’s mostly for men). I love the navy canvas and the leather details. I want to wear it with a crisp white shirt, loose khaki shorts, and navy Toms shoes. Top it off with a panama hat and I’m ready to load that bag with as many books and as much wine, cheese, fruit, and bread as possible and head to Central Park. Or the beach. Or St Tropez. Or Monaco. See? The possibilities are really endless…

{from Selectism, available on Flatspot}

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Obsession, sort of

At the risk of posting about eggs every day (I swear I’m not really obsessed with eggs), I found this delectable-looking recipe for a goose egg on goat cheese potato rosti. I love goat cheese and I love rosti. But what really caught my eye about this recipe was the goose egg. To the best of my knowledge I’ve never had a goose egg and I’m not even sure where I’d get one, although I’m sure Dean & Deluca has them. In any case, I saw the picture on the blog and my mouth started watering. Perhaps I shall go goose egg hunting this weekend.

From The British Larder. Recipe after the jump.

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