Dinner with the Ladies & Yogurt Cheese

Tonight my friends Kelsey and Tracy stopped over for dinner.  I’ve been so busy this summer, I think this is only the second time I’m used my grill this year!  Sad!

I LOVE to cook, and I LOOOVVVEE to eat, but sometimes it’s just easier to take a little help from the store.  I’m a big fan of McCormick’s seasonings and marinade packets.  Yes, I could probably make something similar myself, but why put all that effort into such things when it’s ready and waiting for me in a convenient little packet?  I went with the southwest dry rub on chicken breasts tonight:

I also grilled up some red onion, green pepper, and zucchini that I drizzled with a tad of EVOO, S&P, onion powder, and garlic powder. 

TON of food:

Tracy made a delicious tomato mozzarella salad:

Delicious dinner… and lots of leftovers.  You know what that means. Quesadillas for dinner tomororw 😀

Since I knew I was having two key guinea pig candidates over for dinner tonight, I decided I’d finally try out yogurt cheese.  That’s right.  Yogurt cheese.

Last night,  I put some Stonyfield Fat-Free Vanilla yogurt into a strainer that I lined with a couple paper towels:

I covered the strainer with plastic wrap and left it to hang out in the fridge over night.  This evening I pulled the yogurt out to find super thick yogurt cheese!  I pulled a variety of mixins out for us to experiment with, and told the girls to make something pretty for the blog:

Here’s what Kelsey made:

And here’s what Tracy came up with:

I attribute the similarities in these two creations to the fact that both Kelsey and Tracy have full-time careers in the art field… 

Here’s my beauty:

Tracy was super excited by the way:

I think we all agreed that the  yogurt cheese was pretty tasty!  It was SUPER thick–so next time, I’ll definitely make up some sort of fruit “sauce” or chocolate sauce to go on top.  You could definitely used the yogurt cheese for the base of a cheesecake.  It has the creamy consistency of cream cheese but is slightly thicker.. My brain is churning full of future yogurt cheese concoctions!

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  1. Yay I made the all famous blog post! Mae, your such a good cook, dinner was goood, yum 😉 we def have to do experimental night again, maybe me and kels will become famous for our food art! Hehe. Love ya!