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Playing Catch Up January 12, 2014

Filed under: Interests,Meal Planning,Saving Money,Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 8:31 PM

I feel like a took a vacation from writing for a while.  Always had the best intention to get to the blog, but it didn’t happen.  So here’s what I was going to write about.

I got a new camera to play with.  I am thinking maybe it was easier with my old point and shoot.  Forgive me if my pictures lately are: fuzzy, out of focus, or dark.

Had a wonderful Christmas with my family.  Made a turkey roulade with a fig and cranberry dressing, kale and brussels saute, whipped potatoes, french green beans (haricot verts), and baklava for dessert.

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Before Christmas I tackled a canning project.  I have desperately wanted to learn to can from someone experienced.  I learn better from reading and then seeing/doing.  And since you could easily kill someone by not canning your food right, I was hesitant.

I decided to start with a small batch of salsa.  It seemed to go well.  I bought fresh tomatoes, red and heirloom, then peeled and seeded and chopped them.  I roasted 3 jalapeno, seeded and chopped them, and then mixed the rest of the salsa ingredients and spices into the pot.  I jarred the salsa, processed the jars, and then all sealed.  I would post pictures, but I gave some out as hostess gifts and then the Hubby got into the rest of the stash.

I also fermented a bunch of vegetables over the holidays.  Fermenting is not canning or pickling.  It adds probiotic bacteria into your food.  Think condiment food like sauerkraut, kimchi, cucumbers….



It is Girl Scout cookie season.  This year we preordered our cookies.  Kate has been selling boxes like a champ.


I start back with culinary classes in a week.  I am taking Fundamentals of Baking this semester.  I am hoping to post pics and recipes from class and learn a ton.  I am more of a cook than a baker.  I don’t like to weigh and measure each ingredient.  Strange, since baking is such a science.  After this, I have 2 classes left to go!


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