Collection by Lisa Ochoa

Simply Guacamole

Rating: 4.5 stars 72
This is so easy and so good. It's always the hit of the party and it's gone before anything else on the table.

Chef John's Homemade Cheese

Rating: 5 stars 15
Usually making something like fresh cheese at home is done because it's higher quality, and much cheaper. This recipe for fromage blanc, or farmer's cheese, flies in the face of that conventional culinary wisdom. So why bother? Because, for any self-respecting foodie, making a batch of homemade cheese is definitely on the culinary 'bucket list.' Before you cash in your apron for good, you should experience the magic of watching a pot of milk turned into cheese. And if all this sounds kind of cheesy, so be it.

Sicilian Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Rating: 5 stars 71
This is a recipe for my Sicilian grandmother's creamy homemade ricotta cheese. Great as a spread on fresh bread or add as a topping to fresh Pasta.


Rating: 4.5 stars 78
Easy paneer recipe. Add to your favorite curry or dish. Great for vegetarians. Home made paneer is softer and lighter than the tofu consistency paneer you find in many Indian restaurants.

Lebanese Seven Spices

Rating: 4 stars 14
This aromatic spice mix will add warm, earthy flavors to lots of dishes!

Spicy Chickpea Tagine

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This tagine is a deliciously spicy meal that is my go-to dinner for guests, because everyone loves it and it's vegan! I usually pair it with some cumin roasted cauliflower.

Ginger-Peach Jam

Rating: 5 stars 80
Crystallized ginger adds a tasty bite to this sweet peach-ginger jam. Reduce the amount of sugar if your peaches are really ripe.

Easy Garam Masala

Rating: 5 stars 248
An aromatic blend of spices that add flavor and warmth to Indian dishes.

Homemade Ketchup

Rating: 4.5 stars 157
Using a slow cooker, this thick and tasty tomato ketchup practically cooks itself.

Easy Egg Noodles

Rating: 4.5 stars 956
Easy homemade egg noodles from just 5 ingredients. Tender and delicious!

Spicy Cayenne Tomato Jam

Rating: 5 stars 7
This tomato jam has a sweet and spicy kick that goes great with meats and cheeses. Serve it up with grilled chicken and pork or slather over some crusty baguette with ricotta cheese. Enjoy!

Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

Rating: 4 stars 40
There's a Mexican joint Michele and I go to once in a while that serves a complimentary bowl of spicy, fried chickpeas when you sit down to eat. It's a very nice touch, and a periodic reminder of what a great, highly-addictive snack this is. As in, only make single batches at a time, because you will eat everything you make. Season with any combination of spices that you like.