I'm not sure what compelled me, except perhaps a sense of curiosity, but I made yogurt from scratch this week. There had been an article in the NYTimes which spurred my interest and so I got the ingredients and got to work Thursday night (there were even reader tips to help out.) It really is a little like magic--heat some milk (tip: rub ice on the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching), add a little plain yogurt, keep it warm a long time (tip: turn on oven to 200 for 2 minutes, turn off, leave yogurt there wrapped in towel with oven light on), and then chill it. Voila! Some of the freshest, tangiest, smoothest yogurt I have ever had. It's perfect with honey or jam, or just plain if you like tart yogurt. Mine is even lactose-free, with lactose-free milk and yogurt to start.
And it was perfect timing: Mama had a wisdom tooth removed on Friday. The procedure went well--easier than she expected and had been lead to believe by well-meaning friends with horror stories. But she can't exactly chew. And the yogurt has been perfect! In less than a day, we have eaten almost 8 cups of it.
I doubt we'll eat that much every day, but I know I'll be making this again.
Oh, and the Tooth Fairy brought Mama an extra-special treat, the Lego Death Star kit.