In this recipe, the cheese was squeezed of moisture (step 5) very easily (in less than a minute). I think this is because I used fat-free milk. I suspect whole milk would have caused the cheese to retain more moisture. I have seen recipies (all using whole milk) where the cheese holds its shape, and additional efforts are needed to remove the moisture. In mine, it was crumbly, making it best suited as a topping. This recipe yielded a little over 2 1/2 ounces of cheese.
I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 30 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food, following Weight Watchers, and exercising. I'm also a frequent participant on http://www.cookingbites.com/; this is the nicest bunch of talented cooks you'll find anywhere. They'll happily welcome you into their community. I assure you that your cooking skills will improve when you've seen what the people on this forum deliver on a daily basis.