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Marmalade Drop Cookies–Quick, Easy and Yummy

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Marmalade Drop Cookies

24 cookies

Here is an easy and yummy cookie to make for your family and friends.  They also look pretty.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 cube), softened
  2. 1/4 C. sugar
  3. 3 Tblsp. sugar on a plate for dipping the dough
  4. 1 egg yolk, beaten with the following:
    1. 1 Tblsp. lemon juice
    2. 1 Tsp. grated lemon peel
    3. 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
    4. 1/4 Tsp. almond extract
  5. 1 C. plus 1 Tblsp. flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  3. Beat  softened butter and 1/4 C. sugar with electric beater and when smooth, add the egg yolk mixture.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, place the flour and then mix the butter mixture into it until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Form the dough into about 24 small balls and roll in the plated sugar before placing them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Lastly, make an indentation in each ball with your finger or thumb.
  6. Place on middle oven rack and bake until tops are lightly golden, about 24 minutes.
  7. Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a platter.
  8. Place some marmalade or jam of your choice in each indentation. If you wish, you can further decorate with some powdered sugar and sliced almonds.
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Spiced Pear Jam with Pineapple

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Spiced Pear Jam with Pineapple

I had some Bosc pears left over from a catering job I had where I presented my wonderful Poached Pears and I knew that I needed to make use of them quick like before they went bad.  Jam is easy to make and so nice to give for hostess gifts.  So, I looked through my old array of recipes and found this.  It turned out really good and I think that you could even use it for an appetizer by placing a dab on some cream cheese that has been placed on a baguette slice.  Then you could surround the baguette slices with slivers of fresh pears. It also would be good on some peanut buttered toast.  Oh well, up to you—————

Ingredients:

  1. 7 or 8 firm pears (about 3 lbs. worth)
  2. 1 orange
  3. 1 lemon
  4. 1 C. canned and drained crushed pineapple
  5. 4 C. sugar
  6. 3-4 whole cloves
  7. Two sticks of cinnamon
  8. One inch piece of fresh ginger

Directions:

  1. Peel and core the pears
  2. Put the pears, orange and lemon in a processor and rough chop process.
  3. Place the above mixture in a large pot and add the pineapple, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Place pot on medium high heat and stir fairly constantly until it comes to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a medium high or even a bit lower so that the mixture will  be gently simmering for at least 30 minutes but most likely around 45 minutes.  Do watch it and stir it every 10 minutes or so.
  6. When the mixture becomes thick (test it by taking a bit out, putting it in the freezer for several minutes to see if it’s the consistency you desire) take it off the heat and let it cool.
  7. Hopefully you have put out some jam jars that you have sterilized in your dishwasher so that when the jam has cooled you’ll be able to place the jam in the jars and then put your paraffin on top.
  8. Save some to put in the frig for yourself to enjoy immediately.

Marmalade-Grapefruit, Orange & Lemon

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Marmalade-Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon

Fills about 6-8 small sized jars

I do love marmalade.  It’s probably among my most favorite of the jam type of offerings.  I guess I like it because it’s not too sweet and can have a little bite to it. I certainly do like the homemade variety more than the generic store bought one.  There are many ways to make it; however, for my taste I like this recipe the best.  Because of the grapefruit, this marmalade has a little “chew” to it—if you get my drift.  Don’t forget that it’s always nice to make some extra for a hostess gift.  There’s nothing like a homemade product, I think, to give as a little thank you to someone who cares enough to have you over to theirs. For myself, I particularly enjoy it in the mornings on a toasted English muffin that has peanut butter on it; for desert, I really like it mixed in with some Greek style yogurt.

Ingredients:

1 Ruby Grapefruit

1 Lemon

1 Orange

Directions:

  1. Cut the unpeeled fruit in smaller pieces, deseed if necessary, and put in a blender or osterizer to finish the chopping process.  Don’t over chop because you do want some peels to remain.
  2. For every cup of chopped fruit, use 1 cup of water.  So if you have 5 cups of chopped fruit, which is about what these three will yield, you will use 15 cups of water.
  3. Put chopped fruit and water in a large pot and let soak for 12 hours.  I sometimes also add 2 or 3 chopped caramelized ginger.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil after the 12 hours and boil (low to medium roll) for 20 minutes.
  5. Then let sit for another 12 hours.  (You can cheat a bit here—but at least 8 hours)
  6. After the 2nd sitting, add 3/4 cup of sugar for every cupful of fruit.  So, if you have 3 cups of chopped fruit, you would add 3 3/4 cups of sugar.
  7. Slow boil until mixture forms a jelly like substance.  I take a bit out and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes and see if when it’s cool, it’s the way I like it.  Usually this slow boil takes about 35 to 40 minutes.
  8. Put in sterilized jars and top with paraffin.  Don’t forget to put a bit aside in the frig for you to enjoy.

Lemon Curd

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Lemon Curd

8 servings

Do you love the lemony taste the way I do?  For some reason, I never quite can get enough of it.  Here’s an easy, quick little recipe that you can make in a jiffy and serve in a pretty wide mouthed champagne glass topped with a little sprig of mint to make it look pretty; or actually spread it on your toast in the morn; or mix it with some yogurt to eat any time for a special treat. It’s also good with fruit-for instance with sliced bananas and chopped apple topped with a bit of coconut or almond slivers.  And homemade curd is much better than the kind you buy at the store.

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 C. sugar

½ C. fresh lemon juice

¼ C. butter

1 Tblsp. grated lemon peel

Directions:

In the top of a double boiler, beat the eggs and sugar with a wire whisk.  Stir in the lemon juice and peel.  Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.

Serve it warm or cold.  It lasts in the refrigerator for a long time so you can keep munching on it for ever how long you wish, but it’s so good, I’m sure you’ll devour it before long.

For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog http://blog.tempinnkeeper.com  Call Margot for personal cooking help @ 721-3551.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

Strawberry Sauce With A Bit Of Zing

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Strawberry Sauce With A Bit Of Zing

I couldn’t resist.  At Albertsons, they were selling, (while they lasted), a pound of California strawberries for such a good price that I bought more than what I, one person, should have.  So, besides eating them just plain, I can make some of my fabulous European styled jam; I can freeze them; I can make crisps, etc.; or I can eat them quick and easy this very special way. This sauce is delicious and just right to satisfy a sweet tooth at anytime of the day or night.  You can serve it with pancakes, ice cream, yogurt, puddings, pound cake, or pick at it just plain.

Ingredients:

1 lb. of fresh strawberries sliced or thriced

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used the raw kind) divided in 2 batches

1/3 C. balsamic vinegar (I add just a wee bit of rice vinegar to this)

Instructions:

In a saucepan add the vinegar, 1 Tbsp. sugar and lemon juice.  Simmer over medium heat until thickened, about 4 minutes.

Place strawberries in a pretty bowl and add the other 1 Tbsp. sugar, lemon zest, and lightly toss. I actually pick up the bowl and give it several up and down shakes.

Add the sauce when a bit cooled to the strawberries, lightly toss again and enjoy. (I find that this sauce is even better if it sits in the frig for a couple of hours.)

Are you a frustrated, overworked or timid cook? Call Margot for help @ 721-3551

& please feel free to email her @ TempInnKeeper@mindspring.com or to visit her blog for more recipes including these: http://blog.TempInnKeeper.com

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

 

 

 

Jam, The European Way

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Jam, The European way

 

Now that Harvest is here and all of the wonderful local fruits are available at the farmers markets and stores, I start making jams—even very small amounts. The local peaches, plums and tomatoes (yes) are DIVINE!! Even though a bit pricy, it’s worthwhile to use the tastiest fruit when making jams. I’ve made jam many different ways, but this is the one I like the best because the taste of the ingredients turns out so realistically fresh.  It’s also a very easy method and makes the house smell really good.  So give it a try and with this recipe, the sugar herewith is at a minimum so you don’t have to worry about ingesting too many calories.

 

1. Cut your fruit into smaller pieces, pit them, or with berries you can leave them whole if you wish, or with large strawberries, cut them into smaller pieces.

2. For each cup of cut fruit, use 1/4 cup of refined white sugar.

If using apricots, peaches or nectarines, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on them.  If using mangoes, squirt a bit of lime juice on them.  If using tomatoes, add a bit of lemon and if you wish some gingerroot or preserved ginger or stick cinnamon. Yum!

3. Toss your fruit with the correct amount of sugar in a large skillet that you will be using on the morrow or in a large bowl.  Place either one covered in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Next day, place your skillet with the fruit and sugar in it on top of your stove without any lid and bring it to a very low simmer.  Let it low simmer from half hour to 1 hour or more.  Be sure to keep an eye on it and to stir it at least every 10-15 minutes. When I use just 1-2 Cups of fruit, I notice that the jam can finish in just 15 minutes. As well, sometimes the pectin in your fruit may be of high caliber therefore you don’t have to cook it as long.

5. After low simmering the appropriate amount of time that you deem , I take a teaspoon of the cooked jam out, stick it in the freezer for a couple of minutes and then take the teaspoon out to see if the consistency is what I would want in the end product.  If so, take the skillet off the burner and let it sit till cool.

6. Then, you can put it in your jam jars and seal them—or you can put it in jars without sealing and refrigerate them. They’ll last quite awhile in the frig without being sealed. However, in either case, I bet they won’t last long because this European way of making jam is so tasty.

7.  The way I seal my jars is the following: In a tall large pot filled with enough water to sustain my jam jars which also are filled with water I boil them for about 12 minutes; I boil my tops in that pan or another one; I let everything cool down before putting my jam in the jars. I think that’s the old fashioned way because if you have a dishwasher which can heat up to sterilization, you certainly can sterilize them there. I think you can also sterilize in the microwave—but I do it the old fashioned way. When the jam is in the jar, I pour melted paraffin on top and let it set. (Melt the paraffin according to the directions on the paraffin label.) Then I place the tops on the jars and label and date them.

 

Bon Appetit

 

 Are you a frustrated, overworked or timid cook? Call Margot for help @ 721-3551

& please feel free to email her @ TempInnKeeper@mindspring.com or to visit her blog for more recipes including these: http://blog.TempInnKeeper.com

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

 

 

 

 

Yogurt Biscuits & Apple Butter

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Day Light Saving time was first conceived in an essay called “An Economical Project” by Benjamin Franklin while he was in Paris in 1784.  As well, while abroad, he supposedly consistently asked his wife Deborah to ship him barrels of apples because he believed that “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”. Therefore, just in the nick of time after Day Light Saving Time has arrived, here are two recipes that besides being delicious, take no time what-so-ever to make; so these tasks will SAVE you time and you will be able to enjoy some home made delights at your leisure even during the evening’s brighter hours.

Yogurt Biscuits

Makes about 20 really good ones

2 Cups all purpose flour

1 Scant Tblsp. Salt

3 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

2-5 Tblsp. Butter (more are better and I use the 5)

1 Cup Plain Yogurt

1. Preheat Oven to 450.

2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and cut in the butter. (I use 2 knives to cut the butter, as taught in my 8th grade home-economic class and then I use my hands because the butter really needs to be thoroughly blended; or do it the easy modern way– in a food processor)

3. Stir in the yogurt till well blended.

4. Drop tablespoons of dough (and I use my hands to form a nice little flat ball) on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or till golden brown on the tops.

They are best devoured within 15 minutes, however, I think that they are still good later in the day and they seem to freeze just fine.  I warm them up at room temp.

(My inspiration for these comes from Mark Bittman.)

Apple Butter

Makes about 2 cups

1/2 Cup Water or Apple Juice

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 Half-Inch Slice of Lemon

1/4 Tsp. Allspice

1/2 Tsp. nutmeg

1/4 Tsp. Cloves

1/8 Tsp. Salt

1 lb. Well-Flavored Green Cooking Apples, Peeled, Cored, and Cut Into 1/8’s

(The stores are full of them at the moment.)

1. Into a blender/processor put all of the ingredients. Cover and blend on high for 15 seconds.

2. Pour into a saucepan and cook over very low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the butter thickens. .

3. Pour into appropriate containers and keep in the refrigerator or into hot jars and seal.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share. For comments, questions, and ideas please feel free to email her:margot6@mindspring.com.