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Sour Cherry Jam -- from Food in Jars: Preserving Food in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan

Ingredients )

Directions )

Yield: 3 pint jars -- or 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, 2 quarter-pint jars.
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Batard of sourdough, cheddar scone, lemon bite, 2 quarts of sour cherries, 2 quarts of red sweet cherries, 1 pint of yellow sweet cherries, 3lbs of blueberries, 2 pints of black raspberries, 1.5 lb rhubarb bag of spring mixed greens, pint of fingerling potatoes, spring cheese, mixed milk morbier cheese, 2 hardneck garlic bulbs, pint of apricots,

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Jun. 26th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter!

While not my first fandom, Star Trek TOS will always be that, nor even my second that was X-Files, but HP was definitely the one in which I was most active.  I miss the anticipation for the next book, the discussions on FictionAlley about everything and anything, being a mod on said FictionAlley, the schwag, and the sheer fun of it.  I still do a double-take whenever someone walks by wearing an especially good HP-related t-shirt. 

Rose Jones, Yuri Gregorov, Loup, Siegfried and the rest of my Durmstrang professors raise one of probably too many glasses in a toast to their origin!  The Aurors?  They're probably taking notes.  Kinda missing Johannes Werner, Jan Massys, and Hans Mueller.  Josef Baldung?  Not so much, though Maitre Matrin Faucon is definitely missed. 
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Sweet Cherry Ketchup/BBQ Sauce -- from Saveur, 28 August 2013

Ingredients )


Instructions )

Yield 3 to 4 half-pint jars; I got 3 half-pint jars and 1 quarter-pint jar today. [personal profile] ellen_fremedon informs me that this is excellent on tofu as well as meat.
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Spanakopita, roasted olive bun, mixed herb bread, beet confit, pita, fresh fettuccine, spinach & cheese ravioli, eggplant ragu, quart of Mocha Moo, pint of cheese curds, spinach empanada, bluefish empanada, 2 bottles of hickory vinegar (made from shagbark hickory, the same source for hickory syrup).

I'm going to make Sweet Cherry ketchup this afternoon; I've got a six-at-a-time cherry pitter to help with that. Hopefully, the hickory vinegar will give is a nice finish that will make it into an interesting barbecue sauce.

Some memes

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:56 pm
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First off: The Hardest HP Quiz Evar. I got a 96: Magical Prodigy (76-100): You've got fingers full of magic and a mind like a steel trap! Hermione has nothing on you.

Could you pass a 4th grade science test? Apparently yes: I got a 98%. (It really wasn't a difficult quiz, unlike other quizzes that sound deceptively easy until you try it, like naming capitals of countries you don't know much about.)

A survey meme gacked from [personal profile] meathiel:

Random questions are random )


And a short high school meme, gacked from [personal profile] hamsterwoman:

Favorite subject? )

School is OUT. Should I rejoice or weep?

Good news:
MiniPlu got an A on her bio final today, yay! Geometry and Latin still pending.

Two got on the honor roll again because his only C was for his extra remedial reading class, which is considered an elective and thus doesn't "count." (Kid with straight Bs except one A and the non-counting C gets on honor roll, while my honors student with a 3.65 GPA doesn't get any official acknowledgement. Go figure.)

Bad news:
Upstairs a/c died this morning. We ended up getting several small window a/c units for the bedrooms so nobody steams to death at night. I didn't really care that much - I grew up with worse - but both men in this house would have been unable to sleep in the heat. Unfortunately, the long-term fix is probably going to mean replacement, which is going to cost many many $$$$. Sigh.

Time to crash: must be at hospital at 8am, whee. I'm already hungry but it's getting close enough to the food/drink cutoff that I think I'll just wait. Meh. Stupid polyp.

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Jun. 20th, 2017 06:25 pm
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Funerals and retirement parties, those are the sorts of get-togethers folks in my age bracket seem to go to.  We had both in one day Saturday. 

Funerals are weird.  I've been trying to get my head around the whole ritual and failing.  You die, your body is dealt with, some time in the future people get together and then it's weird.  I've been to too many funerals the last few years.  They're necessary for the living, especially for the families, as they need to know their loved one will be remembered, and it's necessary for the friends who have stories to tell.  Those parts?  I totally understand those.  It's the religious bits that are just weird.

Many years ago, a friend of mine from work passed, and I drove down to her funeral, not knowing that it was going to be a Fundamentalist ceremony.  Hours and hours of people getting up to testify about how my friend, a wonderful and very earthy woman, had transformed into some sort of evangelical angel who personally led them all to God.  The woman?  Not a word.  Then, family funerals, all weird, because, well, family and history.  The one non-denominational memorial was possibly the best, but I still can't hear any of the Indigo Girls' songs without leaking tears.  This one was Presbyterian, with lots of singing (Oh, Eddie Izzard, how you've ruined me for many hymns!) and stories of a man that didn't mesh at all with the guy I knew.  There was a point when my inner voice needed to whisper to the WBH, "When I'm dead.  None of this BS, okay?  I want birdsong and the wind, while you scatter my ashes or plant a tree in my composted leftovers."  Of course, once you're dead, you don't really have a say in what happens, do you?

The retirement party was better, although all the people standing up to tell carefully-edited tales of the retiree was all too similar to the funeral.  I guess that leaving the working life is kinda like dying.  If you aren't prepared to live outside the office, that is.
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I made Strawberry Vanilla Jam tonight, with limes instead of lemons... because the store didn't have organic lemons. If I'm going to put zest into a food, I prefer that there's no chance of pesticides going into the food.

Anyway, the yield was 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, and 2 quarter-pint jars of strawberry vanilla jam... one of those pint jars will go to the Ag Fair, but the rest..? Will get distributed at whim, probably. I have promised [personal profile] texasgrandma that I will label anything else I send her, instead of sending mystery ketchup, but that's all.

The end is near

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:40 pm
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The end of the school year, that is. Ends tomorrow at lunch. MiniPlu's got one final left (biology) and then she's freeeeee! She already has the results back from her honors history final last week (90%) and her public speaking final from this morning (A - exact score not given), but we're anxiously awaiting the results of her geometry final (and, to a much lesser extent, Latin II).

Two bombed his math final (the only final he had), sigh, but still managed to keep a B for his grade, so we rewarded him as promised with some Nerf guns, markers and - of all things he wanted - a poker chip set.

I can't believe he's about to be in 8th grade. O_o

Summer parenting preview, ergh )

My last subbing was last Thurs; I was at the middle school, with the same 6th-grade English class I'd had in April. This time they were doing a Civil War unit; last time they were doing the Black Death - a full range of cheerful topics! ;-)

Father's Day was fairly low-key here. I let Will sleep in and spend the day how he wanted (exercise), aside from briefly helping me with yard stuff that was too heavy for me. I mowed, pruned roses, sprinted through the grocery store, then we went to Two's guitar recital )

After the recital, we rushed home so I could throw dinner together - salmon (Will's request), with roast potatoes. As a side note, I was working from two bags of potatoes when making the cubed roast potatoes; one bag was older, and, let me tell you, a potato that has started to rot smells HORRIBLE. We were hastily lighting scented candles just to get rid of the sense that something had barfed and then immediately died in the kitchen. :-P

But, anyway, Rob had made a massive meatloaf while we were at the recital, for the benefit of those who didn't like salmon, so there was more than enough food for everyone, although, despite my cooking nearly 3 lbs of salmon, there was still some fork-stabby fighting over who got the last piece. ;-)

I finished reading another of the Aunt Dimity books: Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure (which actually came before the one I read the previous week, but I didn't realize I'd missed one when I read ...and the Widow's Curse). Again, typical fare for this series, but much enjoyed, especially as this involved digging more into Dimity's past.

I also finished reading The Raven Boys - this took me awhile because I kept stumbling into other books and reading them first, while still mid-Raven Boys. Short version: I really liked it. I didn't have any trouble with the author's writing style at all, like some of you said you did. More thoughts under here )

I look forward to the next book, definitely!

Meanwhile, I'm reading the third (and final) book in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, and it continues to be delightful fun.

Oh, and speaking of fun: this hilarious mother/daughter exchange, is hilarious. Dunno if it's "legit" or not, but I don't care. It's still hilarious. (Keep scrolling down - it's not just the lone screencap.)

Ok, gotta go help MiniPlu study for her bio final. Home stretch!
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BeauSoleil will be performing at the Millennium Stage on Tuesday, June 27. I'd love to meet up with other fans for the show and have dinner afterward, probably at BeefSteak (vegetarian friendly). They are performing at Millenium Stage as a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Speaking of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival -- June 29-July4 and July 6-9 -- this year is the 50th anniversary and they're focusing on Circus Arts! Also 'On the Move' and '50 Years, 50 objects'. But I'm definitely going for the circus!

Let me know if you're interested in either event (or both!) and we can arrange to meet up.
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Batard of sourdough, chicken empanada, tamale del elote, 2 quarts sour cherries, 1 quart yellow sweet cherries, 1 quart strawberries, 1 pint apricots, 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint snap peas, and a pork tenderloin (aka pork fish).

Yesterday, there were peaches (!!!) at the market, and today there were apricots. I think everything is going to be weeks early this summer.

Currently, I'm macerating strawberries to make jam tomorrow -- I'll need to go shopping for organic lemons as I'm going to zest them, and pick up ginger for the cherry ketchup. I'll marinate and cook the pork later; I might make a sweet potato to go with it, especially if I'm going to eat if for lunch at work tomorrow.
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Quart of mocha moo, pint of cheese curds, 3 dry quarts of red sweet cherries. They had some of the yellow sweet cherries, but no pie cherries -- either they're not in yet or they sold out before I got in.

I'm planning on making sweet cherry ketchup and some other sauces and entering them in the county fair this year -- I've already got jam that I could enter, so it'll be fun. I could do a 'selection of five pickles, relishes, or sauces' or 'selection of five jams/jellies' for the Home Arts -- Department 41, Food Preservation division.

I also might enter the Kraken Knuckles I am making for [personal profile] fabrisse in the Adult Gloves, Colorwork division, and either the orange gloves I made for myself, or the purple gloves I made for [personal profile] greenygal for Adult Gloves, One Color or Yarn, if I can find the buttons that were supposed to go with them and actually sew them on...

And in the very unlikely event I get my Fox Paws done, I am damn well entering it into competition because that pattern is ridiculous... gorgeous, but ridiculous.
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I tried making enfrijoladas last night -- pretty good, but I did skimp on the amount of bean broth to add, so next time I'll have to trust the recipe more. On the other hand, it cooks up very quick if you have fresh beans to work with and is very tasty even if you don't have avocado leaves or Mexican tarragon; a half-cup of Midnight Black Beans cooks up to a full cup easily. I will make it again.

I've been looking at Zenni Optical as a possible solution to me getting new eyeglasses -- I can get a pair of progressives and and a pair of distance glasses with detachable sunlens for about $200 total. I'll just have to wait until I actually have a few weeks pay to order.

And speaking of pay, I'm set to start work Thursday, which should be somewhat cooler than today, which was just under 100F. This is going to be a miserable summer, if we're already getting this kind of heat. I'll be sure to bring a water bottle with me to work so I don't dehydrate in transit.

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