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Loquat Jam

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My friend Cy has a loquat tree and this year has been very fruitful … heh. You may be asking “what’s a loquat?” It’s defined as a small yellow egg-shaped acidic fruit, from an Asian evergreen that’s of the rose family, also known as a Japanese Plum.

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I will admit I went into this project blind, having absolutely no experience with loquat jam. It truly is a labor of love and well worth all the effort that goes into it. Loquats have very large seeds, sometimes as many as 4, and a thick skin. All which need to be removed from the tasty flesh.

8 cups prepared loquat flesh
4 cups sugar
5-6 tablespoons standard pectin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons additional flavoring, optional (vanilla or cardamom)

To prepare loquats for jam, wash the fruit, remove the seeds, then cook the flesh with a splash of water until softened. Once soft, use a food mill to remove the skins. Note: Next time, and there will be a next time, I’m going to skip this step of removing the skins and process the jam with an immersion blender once cooked. I’ll edit this recipe if there’s success.

Canning supplies
8 or so  6-ounce canning jars, with new lids and bands
canning funnel (optional)
1 large (non reactive) pot for jam making
another large pot for canning

Sterilize the jars and lids. I recommend an internet search for complete how-to instructions on canning.

Stir the pectin into the sugar and set aside.

Jam
In a large pot over high heat bring the fruit, lemon juice, and maybe a splash of water to a boil
stir in sugar and pectin mixture
continue to stir as the sugar dissolves
bring to a full and rolling boil (it’s really hot, be very careful)
stir continuously for 1 minute (set a timer)
turn off heat
fill the jars, cap and refrigerate or process jars for safe keeping

Enjoy!

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June 29, 2018 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Zoodles

zoodles

aka zucchini noodles

Yes, zoodles… seriously, it’s a thing. Watching what one eats causes all sorts of cravings, as so many of us know. The other day mine was ramen. Yup, ramen. Don’t judge. This craving caused me to do some research, discovering recipes with zoodles. So, off I went to purchase a vegetable spiralizer and a zucchini. Much to my surprise, it actually worked!

April 28, 2016 at 2:11 am 2 comments

Dog Biscuits

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Recipe #1
1 teaspoon bouillon granules
2 cups wheat flour
3/4 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 egg

Recipe  #2
2 cups wheat flour
1/2 cup bacon grease, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup water

Recipe #3
1 cup water
1 teaspoon granulated bouillon
2 cups wheat flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg

For each individual recipe combine the ingredients and mix until it forms a dough
place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap and wrap tight
allow to rest in the refrigerator

Preheat oven to 350℉

Roll the dough out, on a well floured surface, like any other dough
cut out your favorite shapes (I used a different shape for each flavor)
place the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet
bake for 30 minutes

December 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Homemade Caramel Coffee Creamer

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I have a serious weakness for caramel flavored coffee. This version is most likely not cheaper than those available in the diary aisle, but it will be fresher and better tasting.

3 1/2 cups dairy (half and half, heavy cream, light cream, milk, or a combination of any of these)
1/3 cup sugar (white or brown)
1 cup of caramel pieces (or 3/4 cup caramel sauce)
1 tablespoon vanilla
container for creamer

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan
heat until caramel is completely melted
allow to cool until warm
pour into container and refridgerate

November 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm 2 comments

Fun with Mason Jars

mason jars

  1. Bento-style container. Perfect for brown-bag lunches. Use a wide-mouth jar with plastic insert for dip, spread, or dressing. Insert comes from Kozy Shack reduced calorie pudding.
  2. Sippy cup for cold drinks. This is made by drilling a hole into a standard or wide-mouth lid and inserting a small rubber gasket to cover the sharp edges.
  3. Dry-pour spout. Cut the metal spout and surrounding cardboard from a box of salt and insert it into a standard rim. I’ve also seen it done with the spout from the top of a round salt box.
  4. Wet-pour spout. Cut the plastic spout and surrounding cardboard from a milk or juice carton and insert it into a standard rim.

February 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Charging Station

A DIY project for the compulsively neat and tidy. My charging needs are much smaller than the projects I found online. Here is my result.

As you can see, all this is is a paper covered shoe box with some holes cut into it. Nothing fancy, but very functional.

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February 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Onion Dip

onion dip

This is seriously one of my guiltiest pleasures. Pre-made store bought never did it for me and the box mix… well, you know…

2 onions, sliced very thin (I use my mandolin)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup sour cream
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar (if you use Vidalia or Maui, skip)
dash of chili powder (optional)
salt and pepper

Slice the onions
heat butter and oil in a large pan
add onions, garlic, salt, and sugar
mix well, lower heat, and cook and toss until well browned (about 15 minutes)

Mix sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, and caramelized onions
season to taste with more salt and some pepper
chill for at least 1 hour before serving

January 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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