Cranberry Chutney

I may be tempting fate before I actually have other people eat this tomorrow, but I think I've hit on a winner here. I wanted cranberry chutney this time around - not relish, not sauce. Wanted hits of sweet and sour, spicy and savory. Here's what I came up with (used a recipe from Epicurious as the base, but have tortured it beyond belief.) I *would* have added sliced kumquats if I could have found any, but our store was out this evening, alas. I made a double batch for dinner tomorrow for 20+, here's a more reasonable version: 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used a mix of white and brown sugars) 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 3 [Read more...]

Still Obsessing…

Yes, I'm still baking bread - in fact, I'm trying to come up with the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving dinner with friends later this week. This is really really close! Barley-Oat Bread 2 cups cold liquid culture (from my sourdough starter - read this for more info) 3 cups flour (plus more for kneading) 1 cup oat flour 1 cup barley flakes (I got mine in the bulk food aisle at either WinCo or Whole Foods) and/or oatmeal (I did a mix) 3/4 cups Bob's Red Mill 7-grain cereal mix 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsp butter 2 teaspoons salt 1. Mix the liquid culture with 1 cup of the flour, the barley/oat mix, and one cup of the water in a large mixing bowl. This [Read more...]

My Latest Obsession

I'm baking bread. But I'm not using regular old yeast — instead, I followed Audrey's lead and now have my own sourdough starter. (How's that whole 'say no to more' thing going again, you might ask? Just you wait and see...!) It took me a bit - I didn't realize that it might take a few days to get the starter going, plus when they say 'foamy', they mean an inch or so of foam. But now that I've got it going, I'm going through tons and tons of flour, and making lots of bread. Challah. Cinnamon-cranberry swirl bread. Oatmeal bread. Beer-cheese bread. You can use the starter for other baked goods, of course - I've used it to make chocolate-chip pancakes (my [Read more...]

I can’t wait for a smart President again!

It should come as no surprise that I am a devout Obama supporter — even though I didn't blog much about it during the election itself. I had been feverishly combing through election news and analysis for weeks now. Watched all four debates. Even TiVo-ed a few Sunday morning Meet the Press shows. And of course, I cried like a baby and/or cheered like a banshee Tuesday night (Drama Mama was all about the cheering — that and the Sharpie she used to draw Obama's logo on her forearm, that is!) And the high is still going strong, even almost a week later. That's why I'm grooving on Obama's radio station on Pandora (here's my own take of the Blender original — [Read more...]