Crock Pot II

   September 29, 2010 7:07 pm    1

Mary, I’m thankful to know that I’m not the only frustrated Crock Pot user. Some stuff, such as meat on the bone, is generally OK, but a lot of prechopped meats, such as boneless chicken breast chunks, are sometimes reduced to sawdust in the slow cooker. That’s hard to prove, since I’ve never eaten sawdust,…


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Slow food

   September 28, 2010 8:10 pm    4

Sorry for the extended nonposting. I had a cold and I (should have) spent a lot of time on the couch. Unfortunately, my 5-year-old wouldn’t have that, so I was constantly thinking of ways to entertain him as it was rain/misting most of the weekend. Yesterday, I couldn’t fake it anymore, and I collapsed on…


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Land of crisp and honey

   September 24, 2010 5:35 pm    2

Huge Cortland apple tree in our lot. Huge. Probably taller than the house. I pull wheelbarrows of the apples up to the back porch every year. I never use them all — and I really try. They aren’t the prettiest Cortlands you’ve ever seen, but they have a lot of usable flesh. Speaking of apples,…


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By the way

   September 24, 2010 4:51 pm    0

Last week, I complained that I didn’t know how to make a Pop-Tart cake, assuming none existed. A friend of mine, who works for, sent me a recipe for a Pop-Tart based treat. You put brown sugar Pop-Tarts on a sheet of foil, drizzle with caramel ice cream topping, sprinkle chocolate chips and I…


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Rosa Marina is Cool

   September 21, 2010 1:50 pm    2

For the birthday party last weekend, I made my first attempt at Rosa Marina, and was pleased. It’s basically little bits of pasta (I used orzo), minced pineapple and mandarin oranges, a custard and a bunch of Cool Whip, a little like ambrosia but no marshmallows. I thought it would be easier than it actually…


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frosting is hard

   September 20, 2010 9:06 pm    2

Every time I think I’m getting good at this kitchen stuff, I try to make frosting/icing/whateveryoucallit. First it’s too stiff, then too runny, then too runny and then too stiff or too stiff and then too runny. I made that brown sugar cake I talked about last week, and thenĀ  I made the frosting. The…


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Birthday boy “brownies”

   September 16, 2010 6:10 pm    1

My soon-to-be 5-year-old, is my soon-to-be 5-year-old. By that I mean that part of me is so proud of him, in awe of how much I can love one person, mystified by how he went from 7 pounds to 41.2. The other part of me endures a dull throb in my throat every time he…


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   September 15, 2010 5:15 pm    0

I think my pressure canning problem is worked out, now. I’m going to go home and try it, finally, for an inaugural run. Before I knew it would be such a hassle to use my canner, I tried a recipe for vegetable soup from my stained and water damaged Ball Blue Book of Preserving. The…


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Under pressure

   September 14, 2010 9:26 pm    3

For my normal readers, hang with me for a second while I appeal to my fellow food geeks: My new pressure cooker drama continues. If you know how to use a weighted pressure cooker/canner, you might be able to help me. I have the lid on right, and I’m venting for 10 minutes, and then…


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I think I have a problem

   September 13, 2010 6:59 pm    1

Have you ever read a book so good you can’t stop reading? You resent interruptions from stuff like work, or, for that matter, a shower? That’s how I am in the kitchen these days. When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m wishing I were in the kitchen. Like right now. There’s stuff I need to…


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