Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One of my Favorites...

This was our dinner the other night.  A local grocery had them cheap so I bought 3 of these little 1 pounders.  (found out later it was National Lobster Day)

Our plan was to grill them all, share one with our steak...then use the other two for lobster rolls for lunch the next day.

But.  Seems Marshall came over at the wrong time, saw them...and ate dinner with us.  I reminded him how his love of lobster began when he was almost 4.  He and Kendra were in bed (so we thought) and we were just getting ready to eat lobster.  In comes Marshall to the kitchen, wondering what we were eating.  Of course he wanted a bite.

That was it.  He fell in love with those tasty crustaceans.  And yes.  Several weeks later, he wanted LOBSTER for his 4th birthday!  There's a picture of him with his lobster...and Big Bird cake!! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pittsburgh Quilt Show

Thought I'd let you know about an upcoming quilt show this fall.  The Beaver Valley Piecemakers is a 100 member guild north of Pittsburgh PA.

Their 18th Annual Quilt Show is Oct 12th, 13th, and 14th.

The judge will be a National Quilt Association judge.

Here's a link to the show's information.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jam Time

Strawberry Jam...that's what I did the last 2 days!  There would be 4 more containers, but 2 of my spawn were here last night and they each took 2 containers.  So.  I got almost 28 (1/2 lb.) containers from 11 quarts of berries.  Ummm.  That's minus what I just had to sample.

Here's the recipe that I got from my mother.

Strawberry Jam
1 quart strawberries
3 c. sugar, divided

Rinse the berries, trim tops and quarter them (or keep them whole if that floats your boat)

Put berries in heavy bottomed large pot.  (I use a Dutch oven)

Add 1-1/2 c. sugar.  Let sit at least 15 min. to allow the sugar to start melting.  This step will help keep the jam from crystalizing when it's done.

Bring the mixure to a boil. 
Boil 5 min.  (during the beginning of this step, I take a little bowl of water & a pastry brush and brush down any bits of sugar that are on the sides of the bowl, which also helps if from NOT crystalizing later on)

Add the remaining 1-1/2 c. sugar.
Bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently.
Boil 10-12 min.  (I do 10 min. because I don't like a real stiff jam)

Carefully pour into a crock or glass bowl/container. 
Skim off the foam that develops.  Stir frequently, skimming till all the foam is gone.

Let jam sit on counter overnight or for about 24 hours, stirring every time you walk past to take a little sample. ( I usually invert a dinner plate and put it on the top once the jam has cooled)

Put in containers, mark the date and freeze.  I package mine in deli containers that I purchase at my local GFS (Gordon Food Service) but you could put it in glass jars, too.  If there's no GFS near you and you want to us plastic containers, I saw similar ones  here.

NOW go bake some homemade bread, slather it with butter and jam.  You'll think you died and went to heaven.