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Blood Orange- You win some, you lose some

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So, there are times when I actually follow the recipe.   This was one of those times… well, almost.

I enjoy making jam in the summer months when ingredients are fresh, local and plentiful.  Blood oranges are neither local nor plentiful here in the northeast. But, when I found a nice looking bunch at the local grocery store, I thought it would be an opportunity to warm the cold winter house with a huge pot of boiling water and have some delicious marmalade to show for my efforts.

I found a recipe in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving,  I usually follow jam recipes exactly, and for the most part I did.  An internet search turned up this recipe using some liquid pectin.  I had never used liquid pectin, but decided to try the Ball recipe… but with the addition of liquid pectin.  Makes sense to me. What could possibly go wrong?

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Just Another Meatless Monday

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I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions and by mid-February they are usually long forgotten.  This year I decided to try a different approach, by making a New Year’s “lifestyle change.”   I decided to embrace the idea of Meatless Monday.

Now the challenge is to cook for my fussy 4 year old and carnivorous husband without having pasta every Monday.  This is week 7 of the new year and each week is a new opportunity to make a delicious curry dish.  This week’s selection is winter squash (Queensland blue, I think).  It is the last of my winter CSA share and I have been at a loss for a great recipe for the great big squash.

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Things I Learned: Crock Pot Pho

 

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Lately I have become more and more obsessed with recycling.  I have gone so far as to bring my plastic trash home from work to recycle it.  Something about doing this gives me a feeling of satisfaction that I am doing the right thing.  So, the natural progression would be recycling my food… right?

About once a month I roast a chicken for dinner. It is delicious and simple.  I had never given much thought to throwing away the non-meat parts, until lately.  Last week’s chicken carcass was stashed in the freezer, now what?  I wish my grandma were around to give me some pointers on this venture, she would have had some great ideas.  My grandparents were great recyclers saving cans for a few bucks, keeping a compost pile, and canning food for using later.  These are lessons I should have learned earlier, but I guess we come around to things in our own time.  Continue reading

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