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What can I do with half-done jam left out overnight?

I said half done because there's an initial boil, then an overnight rest. The next day the juice is drained from the fruit and boiled to 221, and then the fruit is added and it's all boiled again. I'd only gotten through half of that particular recipe.

I would really like a definitive food safety guide.

Aug 02, 2015
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What can I do with half-done jam left out overnight?

Both of your responses are fantastic news! I wasn't sure if it would even be ok to eat. There's quite a bit of sugar (2c sugar, 1c honey) to about 5 c fruit. I'll go ahead with the jam and just keep it for us. The jalapeno-peach for chicken sounds really good. I had some mango-jalapeno this winter that I liked a lot, and I'd bookmarked a peach-basil chicken recipe. I'll have to intentionally try jalapeno-peach now.
Thanks for your help!

Aug 01, 2015
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What can I do with half-done jam left out overnight?

I was making peach jam based on Ferber's Yellow Peach with Lavender Honey (just without the lavender). I'd boiled the fruit with the sugar, honey and lemon juice, and then left it to cool before refrigerating. I fell asleep and accidentally left it out overnight. Is there anything I can do with this half prepped jam?

Aug 01, 2015
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meals to share

Thank you for the recommendation! That's a really good idea. In some sites I was seeing these referenced, but I've never used any, so I appreciate having a recommendation. And everything I'd been thinking had been so protein heavy, which is fine for a main, but having some vegetables I know would be appreciated.

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

These are fantastic! These are exactly the sorts of things I was looking for! I'll be saving these. Thanks!

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

Ha! That's a good point about the size of the crock. The other thing I'd been wondering too is how much fun it would (not) be to have to clean that crock each night!

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

The snacks are a really good idea, too. I know the kids like the apples, grapes and pretzels, and then granola bars. I think for this time I'll do a snack basket and the grocery card.

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

Thank you so much for all of the replies! You've all given me really good things to think about.

I definitely want whatever to be helpful, and I know I tend toward over-thinking things and making them more complicated than they need to be. Talking with the family right now is a little tricky, the grandma's taking the phone and email, so I think we've been trying not to bother them. I'd done a few things earlier in the year before the grandma came and asked about preferences/allergies, and the family was really just very gracious (and no allergies). Maybe I'll do the card now (we're all bringing things for Wed), and then I can still write later this week or next to plan out something else I could bring later.

We are cool still (WI), but I hear you about how the crockpot really is mainly a hot food thing, and chili or soup in May is not really what anyone's dreaming of :)

They live in a smaller town, and there aren't as many of the delivery options. I know another family is getting a gift certificate for the pizza place, but otherwise there's not really delivery. But I'm just now realizing that the grocery store has a deli they could make use of, though, and that could be just stopping in and picking it up, which feels like a really good option right now with my limitations.

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

Thanks! The mom who is organizing said gift cards and food, but it's a one-time drop off at this point. So obviously we're not mapping out meals, but just a bunch of non-perishables didn't seem helpful either. So that's when I started thinking of trying to streamline some of the meals. Like you said, I'd prefer our stuff to be more help than burden. Random non-perishables to me is a burden. Money is help, but it still requires the shopping and making.

May 11, 2015
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meals to share

I know there are many threads on meals to share. I'm hoping I can get a little advice on what might be helpful (or not) for a friend who is ill. She's a mom of five, and her husband is finishing school and working. Her mom is now staying with them to help out. A group of us are putting together a collection of gift cards. I'd like to do the gift card, but I'd also like to do some meals. My impression is that the gift card is nice, but they'd still have to do the shopping, decide what to get, and finally get it cooked. They don't have a lot of extra fridge space, so I was thinking I could put together the shelf-stable items for say five dinners, put each meal's ingredients in a ziploc with the recipe, and on the bag writing what it would be "chili" and "buy x amt of chicken" or whatever protein. Then they could use the gift card to buy the meat, and then just dump it all in the crockpot.

Here were some of the ideas I was brainstorming-
Chicken tacos (crockpot)
Teriyaki chicken (crockpot)
Brown sugar garlic chicken (crockpot)
Green chile enchilada soup (crockpot)
Chili (crockpot)
Pulled pork sandwiches (crockpot)
Pot roast (crockpot)

So, generally, would this still be too much of a pain/too confusing? Is it better to do just the gift card alone?

May 11, 2015
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Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

It's been a long time hitting the locations!

We finally got to Hartman's just yesterday! We had a variety of donuts - long johns, one that was filled with poppyseed (my favorite), a few cinnamon rolls, and then some brownies. All very good and really reasonable (8 something for 6 donuts and 6 brownies). They were out of crullers, so we'll have to stop in again. They apologized for how empty the cases were, they were unexpectedly busy for the holiday. They were also really helpful and patient with the kids as they made their decisions. We also stopped at Bud Willmans, but they were closed. I didn't realize how close everything was to 43. We'll definitely stop again when we head up north. Definitely worth the short drive in - thanks for the recommendation!

My mom had worked in Manitowoc around 1970, and from my description and location she thought Hartman's might have been a place she remembered that had filled chocolate cupcakes (I don't remember exactly what she called it - Yanni's?. She remembered it being off Waldo, on 11th). She has very fond memories of these cupcakes!

May 11, 2015
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Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

I've been doing some citrus - clementine marmalade, three citrus marmalade (Langeland's Passion for Preserves) and orange with chocolate (Ferber). I really like the orange with chocolate just plain, but on toast the orange seems to get lost.

Apr 12, 2015
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Bundt cake

Gorgeous! I just received this pan as a gift and was browsing for bundts. Cant's wait to try it - thanks for the recommendations!

Jan 02, 2015
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Christmas salad ideas

I don't know if this is too Christmas-thematic, but I've seen caprese salad wreaths with cherry tomatoes that I always liked the idea of if I lived somewhere warm for Christmas.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zDhj4nH1-EQ...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv96Nl_ZbK0...

Dec 21, 2014
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Best and easiest way to make oatmeal for 20 plus people.

maybe baked oatmeal?
Here's a recipe that says 6 generous servings from an 8x8 pan. Then you wouldn't have to buy anything, just use the pans or casseroles you have available. And you could leave the "add-in's" out until after for people to pick their own.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
This one says 8 servings from an 9x13
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-oa...

Dec 20, 2013
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Please help me survive Christmas morning! Make-ahead brunch items?

I've really liked these scones, adapted from the Martha Stewart Living cookbook. The bonus is that they're supposed to be frozen before baking, so they're easy to make ahead, even a few weeks. Then they can be baked day of.

Raspberry Oat Scones
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk
just before baking:
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon raw sugar

In a mixer, combine the dry ingredients (flours, 3/4 c sugar, salt, soda, powder, oats) and mix. Gradually add butter and blend until it looks like pie crust. Add the buttermilk and blend just until it comes together. Gently mix in raspberries by hand.

On the counter, lay out a 18" piece of plastic wrap, and turn out half the dough. Form the dough into a 4x16 log that's about an inch and half to two inches tall. Cut into three sections, and then cut each section in half into two triangles.

Place the sections back into the shape of the log and wrap with plastic wrap. Wrap with foil and freeze (2 hrs to a few months). Repeat with the remaining dough.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Take out dough from freezer, unwrap and space on cookie sheet. For each log, brush with 1/2 TB cream and sprinkle with 1/2 TB sugar. The dough will still be frozen to bake. Depending on how cold the dough is, bake for 45-55 min

"Light, Fluffy," Bakery-style Frosting

This probably isn't exactly what he's thinking of, but it's light.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream
4 egg white
3 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
Cook egg whites and sugar over water til reaches 160 degrees. Transfer to a mixer and beat til it reaches stiff peaks. Add the butter in chunks and beat til of frosting consistency (the meringue will drop and look curdled first) and then add vanilla.

Nov 18, 2013
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Your recipes that would go into a family cookbook.

That is a fantastic idea! And I love the exchange with your mom, " well, I gave you two" ha!

Jun 16, 2013
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Twinkies: Homemade and Unplugged!

Ive not tried Twinkies or diplomat cream, but I've done the fake cupcakes, too, with the epicurious double chocolate layer cake
and Rosenberg's buttercream
1 stick of butter
1 1/4 cup powered sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tb. chilled heavy whipping cream
Beat til curdles, keep beating til light. It helps if I let it warm a bit after curdling. It takes forever, but I love it.

Nov 18, 2012
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Milwaukee: cola flavoured slushees (pls indulge me)

I think Burger King has them? I don't know if they do in the area, but I remember about ten years ago one in Rockford had them.

(and blue is blue raspberry usually, I think. Just in case you decide cherry or blue is better than nothing and then are hoping for blueberry)

Jul 20, 2012
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Mom Mom's Red Velvet Cake/Butter Cream Icing

They look delicious!

Jul 18, 2012
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Mom Mom's Red Velvet Cake/Butter Cream Icing

This is the best metaphor for using food coloring!

Jul 18, 2012
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Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

Thanks for the recommendation! We've been in Manitowoc quite a bit, but we've never seen Hartmann's. I'll go on the list, especially with the donuts. I haven't had good donuts in a long time!

Jul 16, 2012
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Grocery stores & casual eats in Green Bay? Looking for help.

I grew up in Green Bay, though haven't lived there as an adult, just to keep in mind my experience with my recommendations :)

For grocery stores, Woodman's (off 41 and Shawano/Dousman) has a great selection for ethnic foods and some of the less available pantry items (xanthan powder, odd grains). I've never heard good things about their produce there, though. I think Festival (41 and Mason) has a pretty good reputation for produce, otherwise it's a pretty standard grocery store.

Krolls (by the stadium http://www.krollswest.com/) was good for hamburgers, very casual and reasonably priced. They used to have cheese curds, too.

Bangkok Gardens was a favorite for volcano chicken and pad thai (http://www.greenbaythaifood.com/). In trying to find a recipe online, it seems like volcano chicken might be regional (http://www.simplecomfortfood.com/2009...), so that might be something to try.

These are two places we still visit when we go back, I'll keep thinking and add any others that come to mind!

Jul 09, 2012
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Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

I found this article, and I'm hoping to plan a little road trip visiting some great candy or chocolate shops and bakeries. http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/...

The article recommends:
Appleton: Wilmar Chocolates
Vande Walle’s Candies
Oshkosh: Oaks
Hughes
Kiel: Roeck’s Bakery
Manitowoc: Beerntsens (family favorite - love the turtle sundaes!
)DePere: Seroogy’s
Green Bay: Kaap’s

I'm only familiar with Beerntsens and Seroogy's, and we've liked both, but especially Beerntsens, the cute shop, lunch, ice cream sodas, the sundaes, and chocolate and candy to go!
Any reviews of the ones on the list?

Any other places that should be on my list?
For my plans, it looks like Hughes and Wilmar's are both closed for the month, so I'd really love any other shops/bakeries that were missed!

Jul 08, 2012
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Donut recipes?

Thanks for the recommendation! The kids have "making doughnuts" on their summer bucket list, so I'm excited to follow this discussion!

Jul 08, 2012
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making potato salad the night before?

That was very kind, though, porker - It was my kids' birthday party, so I'll take the wishes for them :)

Again, thanks for the tips! I've only made potato salad maybe twice before, so not much experience, but I love the vinegar and I tried the cayenne this time, which I really liked. And the texture today was much better with the rest than last night. I could see the difference between 'flavored' and 'bathed'.

And the weather was great! Instead of storming in the nineties, by party time it was clear and eighties - perfect!

Jun 24, 2012
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Summer cranberry recipes

David Lebovitz has a cranberry sorbet that's on my list to try this summer (I overstocked the freezer this year!)
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/12/...

Jun 24, 2012
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Pulled pork crockpot recipe?

I just made the Splendid Table recipe http://www.publicradio.org/columns/sp...
but reduced the liquid smoke (I used 2 TB versus the 1/2 c). I could do without the liquid smoke, but the rub was really nice. I used smoked spanish paprika for half of the paprika. I always think pulled pork in the crockpot is the perfect do ahead and forget it kind of meal, but I haven't found "the one" yet. I'll have to try some of the suggestions here!

Jun 24, 2012
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making potato salad the night before?

Gosh, sorry I was unclear. Definitely no counter sitting! I was thinking if it wouldn't work to mix with the dressing the day before, I'd at least be able to get the potatoes and eggs boiled, and then in the fridge to cut for the salad the day of. The air conditioner comment really was just about trying to keep the house more comfortable.

"I think you can easily make the salad 1-2 days ahead - just mix the ingredients when they are cold (potatoes & eggs& mayo & rest of ingredients) and keep in fridge until ready to go."
This is perfect! Thanks!

Jun 23, 2012
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