If I had to label this weekend with one word, domestic would be my first choice. Lot's of cooking going on.
After enjoying this amazing Cranberry-Tangerine Chutney last week, I knew I couldn't live without it all year so I began canning it. I had never canned anything before and it turned out to be pretty easy. A double-batch of the recipe yielded 14 half pint jars. I will be making more.
To can the chutney...as per Cathy at Wives with Knives:
Run jars through the dishwasher. About 10 minutes before you need them, put lids and rings into a pan of simmering water so the rubber seal warms up. Ladle the hot chutney into the jars about 1/2" from the top. Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp paper towel. (Any tiny bit of food on top can prevent the seal from forming.) Place the lid with ring on the jar and secure in place. Turn the jars upside down for about 30 minutes. Then turn right side up and let cool completely. You will know if the seals are good because you won't be able to feel any up and down movement in the lid.
It was so easy and no water bath was needed, I love that!
After getting my new waffle maker last week, we've been waffling like crazy over here. My family's favorite recipe is a very yummy Belgian Waffle version I've been making for years.
My kids have been crazy wall-ball players lately. They can't get enough. They have already put in their order for an eight foot wall when we build our new house. If all they want is a wall, I'm all for it.
It was also meat grinding time. After Mad Cow Disease became worrisome here in the U.S. I started grinding my own meat for burgers, chili and whatever else I use ground meat for. I like using a higher quality grade of beef but for the most part I like knowing which part of the cow my ground meat is coming from. This is process is so worth the effort and quite frankly isn't really an effort at all.
With all the cranberries around, I threw this Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel together again....very tart and sweet.
While I have always been obsessed with coffee I am also currently drinking these Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas like crazy. Turn up the Christmas carols, throw a cinnamon stick in your mug and drink up.
And that was it except for all of the rain, extreme wind, cold temperatures, rainbows and intermittent sunshine. I am still amazed at the sudden weather changes we have in this part of the country, but I still love it. Never a dull moment.
How was your weekend?
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