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Blueberry Buckle

I agree, this is great with summer berries! This is the recipe I've used with success. My notes are to sift the cornstarch, add the zest of the lemon as well, and that the vodka pie crust shrinks when baked....it worked for this pie, but if you have another favorite crust I would give that a try.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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Canning Question...

After losing my whole freezer one time to a power outage (almost twice), I like to can whatever I'm able to, and save the rest that can't be canned for the freezer. I also don't have luck freezing jars(cracking) but some other folks don't seem to have this problem. I don't freeze anything in glass anymore.

1 day ago
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Blueberry Buckle

I don't cook much from this book, I am going to have to take a look at this recipe, like the ribbon idea!

1 day ago
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Blueberry Buckle

These bars from SK always get rave reviews, I tend to like them cold
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0...

made and froze an unbaked blueberry pie.

6 pints of Christine Ferbers blueberry jam, just berries, sugar and lemon.

Lastly I make this baked oatmeal in small soufflé dishes for breakfast, they freeze very well.
http://www.kitchennostalgia.com/desse...

Jul 21, 2014
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Rumtopf / fruit in alcohol spoilage question

It was a birthday present to myself about 5 years ago, that little thing over the fridge doesn't cut it....I love my freezer!

Jul 19, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Just bought a few bags but haven't tried them yet. I thought the old ones tasted a bit like eggplant which I love....maybe spaghetti and meatballs on the menu for this week...

Jul 19, 2014
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Rumtopf / fruit in alcohol spoilage question

This does look really good, thanks for the info and the link. I have an extra freezer but I'm also really wanting another fridge to store all of my projects!

Jul 19, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I lost a jar of sour cherries that way, so sad to see all those nicely pitted cherries go to waste...

Jul 07, 2014
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Rumtopf / fruit in alcohol spoilage question

Thanks, I didn't even think to add more alcohol, I think it would change the taste of it quite a bit, guess next year we just have to drink it faster!

The big jar always had fruit floating and was fine. I tried to weigh it down in the beginning, but that didn't work so I just left it as is....

Thanks.

Jul 07, 2014
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Rumtopf / fruit in alcohol spoilage question

So I made a huge mason jar last year of Rumtopf and it came out really good. I still had some leftover when this years strawberry season was starting up, so I transferred the remaining Rumtopf to 1 pint and 1 quart mason jar. When I went to have some a couple of weeks later, the top liquid and fruit looked a bit funky so I tossed everything.

Any guesses on what may have happened to make it turn? The larger mason jar I made it in had a lot of extra room, so I'm guessing the smaller jars didn't have enough air, either that or there was too much fruit and sugar compared to alcohol.

Thanks for any thoughts!

Jul 06, 2014
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Tango now Pond House - Glastonbury, CT

Anyone been lately? Thoughts? Thanks.

Jun 11, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I was the same, it took me a while to try tomatoes, but I've done canned crushed for the past 2 years with great results and easy. I used the ball recipe as others have mentioned and very easy. The tip about the extra boiling water is a good one.

Just a side note, I recently used 2 jars of them for a tomato vodka sauce that was delicious. Good luck!

Jun 10, 2014
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Restaurants near Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT

Thanks so much to you both for the feedback. Thinking one night at CT and one night at Arethusa. Where is the pantry? Thanks again!

Jun 10, 2014
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Restaurants near Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT

...Year later, but wondering where you ate dinner? I want to try Arethusa and we are thinking of heading there in the fall. Thanks.

Jun 09, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Love your user name!

Jun 08, 2014
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New posts show that I've read them.....

Stopped for me as well, you guys are good:) thanks.

Jun 02, 2014
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Need Restaurant Name-Carmel Valley

Old post, but is this place still around, looks interesting and I may get a chance to be out that way next year! Thanks

Jun 01, 2014
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New posts show that I've read them.....

I don't think I've changed any settings, but brand new posts and posts I've marked as favorites with new comments, are all compressed. It used to be the new unread posts were expanded. Anyone else with this problem, or is there a setting I've screwed up? Thanks

Jun 01, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Thanks for the helpful explanation. I was just at penzys last night to restock the dill seed, I will have to head back before cherry season to pick up some 5 spice!

Ps, one more question, I've canned sour cherries before, but I find they get a bit mushy so I prefer to freeze them. do these stay fairly firm or soften up a lot? Thanks.

Jun 01, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Oh, yes, I do remember reading about this on the box, but had totally forgotten, thank you!

Jun 01, 2014
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Pickled Seasonal Vegetables: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for June 2014

How fitting, made 3 jars of pickled asparagus this morning using this recipe.

http://motherskitchen.blogspot.com/20...

Jun 01, 2014
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Pickled Seasonal Vegetables: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for June 2014

I love cowboy candy which I learned about here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552154

Can't wait to try this recipe!

Jun 01, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Thank you, I've never used 5 spice powder, anything you would compare it to?

That onion jam looks delicious!

Thanks for the recipes!

May 31, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I've heard that adding grape leaves also keep the crispness, but I've never tried as I don't make many pickles.

May 31, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Thank you! We have Pomona here, but I've never seen the calcium water in recipes, what does that do. I'm so looking forward to cherry picking season!

May 31, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Could you share your strawberry vanilla butter recipe, pickled cherries and onion jam? Thanks.

May 31, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Could you share your recipe for the cherry preserves recipe? Thanks.

May 31, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2014) Voting

Here is an asparagus pesto I've been eyeing....so this meets for sauced asparagus then?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/din...

May 30, 2014
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Chocolate Sparkle Cookies - Thomas Haas - have you baked these?

Used the one without honey. They will be good this summer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

May 30, 2014
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Chocolate Sparkle Cookies - Thomas Haas - have you baked these?

Ok Katty, so I finally got around to baking these, and had a why did I wait so long to do this moment, they were outstanding! I made and froze the dough about 2 months ago, so I know they store well frozen. I brought some to work and love to watch the eyes of co workers when they take a bite...this is on my bake again list! They are a bit delicate, so don't know how well they would package for Christmas gifts, etc..., just have to handle them a little more gingerly then some cookies. Thanks for pointing me to this recipe!

May 29, 2014
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