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Pickles!

It’s summertime, and that means CSA, which means lots of fruits and vegetables, which means I need to do something with them! I got a bag of white cucumbers, which were begging to be pickled. I used Marisa’s Asian-Inspired Refrigerator Pickles recipe, adding garlic scapes and a red onion from my CSA share, and cilantro. [...]

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Cheater Chicken Soup

How to quickly make a comforting chicken soup for someone who’s sick: Sauté 1/3 chopped onion, 2 diced carrots, and a diced celery stalk in a little olive oil in a stock pot until softened. Add a couple of cloves of chopped garlic and stir. Add 2 chicken thighs (I used boneless, but bone-in is [...]

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October Ice Cream: Pumpkin Ice Cream

At this time of the year, I love anything pumpkin. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin ravioli. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin donuts. So why not pumpkin ice cream? I thought I could just adapt the sweet potato ice cream recipe from David Lebovitz’s book, Perfect Scoop and add pumpkin instead of sweet potato. It came out smooth and creamy, [...]

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September Ice Cream: Beer Ice Cream

Sorry I skipped last month’s ice cream. I had made a peach ice cream, but it proved to be less than stellar, so I didn’t think it was worth writing about. (It didn’t stop us from eating it, though). This month’s ice cream, however, is amazing. I mean it. It totally exceeded my expectations. Inspired [...]

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If you’ve been following my tweets (and you should, if you want more updates than this blog is currently providing), you know I’ve been on a several-month quest for the perfect granola and granola bar recipe. It’s been a frustrating quest. For granola, I like it not too sweet, clumpy, and with lots of nuts [...]

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Plum Jam

What do you do with a bunch of yellow plums? Make plum jam! This was my first attempt in making jam without a thickening agent. The recipe from Food In Jars just calls for a mix of stone fruit (I only used plums), sugar, and lemon zest and juice. I only had bottled lemon juice, [...]

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Okay, so it took me almost three years after my canning class to start canning on my own, but better late than never, right? What helped nudge me was a hardware store opening up nearby that stocks canning supplies, and Marisa’s recently published book, Food in Jars. From the hardware store, I bought the Ball [...]

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So, this is what I did with those peaches. I peeled them, cut them up, added some raspberries, then added some sugar and water and cooked them. Once they were cool, I blended them with yogurt, then put the mixture into the ice cream machine. Like the previous time I made frozen yogurt, this had [...]

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June Ice Cream: Coconut Ice Cream

The first time I heard about coconut ice cream was from a fellow co-worker, who said he had the best of its kind at a local Thai restaurant. I remember for months I searched in vain for this ice cream. And now I can make my own! If you liked the Coconut Milk Flan, you’ll [...]

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This is one of my favorite flavors, and one I can only get at Asian stores. Roasted black sesame ice cream is wonderfully rich and nutty. Gray may not be the most appealing color for ice cream (it’s more like slate), but trust me, it’s delicious. I almost failed in this attempt. I don’t know [...]

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