Monthly Archives: November 2010

We opened a jar of NSA Spiced Apple Slices yesterday …

… ones I made about six months ago–before I started blogging all my goodies–based on the recipe provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation for Spiced Apple Rings. Now that we’ve had a chance to finally taste them, … Continue reading

Posted in Canning Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Celtic Bayou — Lynnwood, WA

We were out doing a little holiday shopping Sunday, and decided to try another of our Restaurant.com gift certificates … this time an interesting-sounding place with a somewhat different mix of cuisines: Celtic Bayou. Their motto is: An Irish Mood … Continue reading

Posted in Restaurant Rambles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Groupon :)

I don’t do much in the way of commercial promotion here, but I wanted to share a service with you that I’ve been enjoying … just in case you haven’t found it yet yourself. It’s called “Groupon” … and it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous Ramblings about Food and Life | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Addendum on my cheesecake post … about time and temperature :)

I just realized that I didn’t discuss baking times and temperatures Never bake your cheesecake in an oven hotter than 350 degrees. If your cheesecake is more than two inches thick, then I wouldn’t bake it any hotter than 325 … Continue reading

Posted in Food Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Update on the cheesecake … and a discussion of baked cheesecakes in general :)

Here’s how my cheesecake looked once it came out of the springform pan: As you can see, no cracks … and if my blog had Taste-O-Vision, you’d be as thrilled with the taste and texture as we were! The cheesecake … Continue reading

Posted in Food Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and sharing a family cheesecake recipe!

Our Thanksgiving plans have been so in-flux this week that they only really gelled for us yesterday. We’re heading out in just a couple of minutes to meet friends for a late traditional lunch at a local restaurant, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Food Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reduced-sugar Kiwi-Pineapple Jam

WinCo–ever the source of excellent goodies for my canning pots–had kiwis on sale this week too, priced a mere $1.79 for a one pound bag. Each bag contained eight or nine smallish kiwis, each very juicy and perfectly ripe. Strangely, … Continue reading

Posted in Canning Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talkin’ turkey soup base :)

Thanks to another fabulous WinCo purchase this week–a 22.5 pound turkey I bought for $5.85 ($0.26/lb with a $50 purchase)–I dragged out one of my big pressure canners … and went on a quest for the perfect turkey soup base … Continue reading

Posted in Canning Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beef Stew, my first canned savory project thickened with Clear Jel® :)

I went roaming through the meat section of the new WinCo recently, and located their reduced for quick sale section. All good canners–especially those interested in saving pennies–should know where that section is in every grocery store they frequent. They … Continue reading

Posted in Canning Goodies! | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Product Review: Harbor Freight Tools French Fry Slicer

I bought a French Fry Slicer from Harbor Freight Tools shortly before my trip, their model 93001. I know … it’s a unitasker, a tool with only one function. That’s problematic my small urban kitchen, but I’ve found myself trying … Continue reading

Posted in Product Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment