Friday, May 28, 2010

Top Chef: Boston

Don't let the title fool you - I did not try out for another cooking show.  Instead, on Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend a cooking demonstration in Government Center hosted by Bravo and Comcast.  My coworker and buddy Lauren headed over with me.  The chef-testants in attendance were Ashley Merriman and Hector Santiago.

It was a super-hot day in the bean, so Ashley made a very light and refreshing dish - homemade ricotta.  She served it on a crostini with peas, pea tendrils, shaved Parmesan, and a drizzle of truffle oil.  It was divine.  I had never had homemade ricotta before - though I have seen some other bloggers try it - and I gotta say - do it now!  This was unlike any other cheese I've had before.  It was light, creamy and delicate.  The curds were much smaller than grocery store ricotta.  And it was pretty simple.

Homemade Ricotta
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup butter milk
sprinkle of salt

Pour all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a simmer, and wait until a little 'raft' forms in the pot.  Strain the curds overnight and voila, ricotta cheese.

The chefs even had suggestions for the whey leftover from the cheese, like using it as a marinade to tenderize pork.  Sounds yummy....I'm gonna have to give it a whirl!

If you're like me and are a Top-Chef fanatic, you should check out this post at How 2 Heroes where they have a couple interviews with the chefs.

And also, if you're anything like me you would have also been completely star struck to meet the chefs.  This is me and Lauren with Ashley and Hector.  I gave them my blog business cards and mumbled something about how I loved them on the show.  I'm such a food nerd.  


  1. Like I said last night, SO jealous of your experience since I missed it! And I'm like you, I get totally geeked out about these foodie celebrities. I was giddy watching Top Chef Masters with Jody Adams!

  2. Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! Cute pic, I am super jealous!

  3. That is SO cool! I met Kevin Gillespie on my birthday in California. I think meeting celeb chefs is way more exciting than actors and such!