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My Mother's Uncooked Cranberry Relish (Team LexiMonkey Household Cookbook #1) 
10th-Aug-2008 05:36 pm
food, Bascove peaches
Now that I have a phone that can access Google Docs (even if it's limited to read-only), I feel like I've got motivation to put the household favorite recipes up — that way, if I'm at the market and need to check the ingredient list, I can.

I just added the inaugural recipe: My Mother's Uncooked Cranberry Relish. Pirate thinks this is one of those dishes that only sour-loving freaks like my family will enjoy. *shrug* What can I say? Dad and I love it, and are fond of eating it straight from the bowl with spoons. Mmm.
11th-Aug-2008 01:29 am (UTC)
*narrows eyes* Have you been looking in my recipe box? Okay, neither walnuts nor raisins are in mine, but instead a squeeze or eight of lime juice (helps preserve the apples when making, and tastes good at the end).

Hmm. With the lime, coconut might not be a bad addition. *glances at calendar* Oh, still August. Bummer.
11th-Aug-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Ooh, the lime sounds tasty. I'll have to try that next time.

I've begun craving a small chest freezer (I blame ginmar) lately. Being able to freeze cranberries and have them available year-round would be very nice.
11th-Aug-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Had I the room, I would adore having a deep freezer. Especially since the fridge is dying, basically defrosting the freezer several times a week, and the landlady refuses to replace it while it still functions, however minimally. Bleah.

In college we got a tiny fridge for about $20, and kept on max with the metal around the freezer compartment removed it was practically a freezer, keeping things around an average of 25°F. It needed manual defrosting several times a year, though.
11th-Aug-2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
When I think "chest freezer", I think of the kind my dad had while I was growing up — you could fit a side of beef in that thing. Without cutting it up even, as I remember. (Of course, I was smaller then.)

But this 7.0 cubic foot chest freezer is only 37 inches wide by 22 inches deep. It's 37 inches tall, which is about countertop height — could be useful supplemental counter space for rolling out dough and stuff.

I seem to be coveting kitchen equipment lately: chest freezer, pressure cooker, Vita-Mix. And storage bins — I yearn for good storage for bulk goods. Grain moths are my bane.
11th-Aug-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, the Vita-Mix. Haven't seen one of those since I was a wee one.

That's a nice freezer. A bit on the "do I really need this?" side of the pricing, but still.

I had problems with itty white bugs inherited from a previous owner that seemed to thrive on grains and can even live on cardboard (ruining my boxes of teabags). These days everything lives in tightly sealed plastic bags inside of plastic bins, which makes it a complete pain to do even basic sorting, but the bugs no longer eat everything. Target sells some triple-nested bins that are the right size for flour and sugar, and I have some old spaghetti sauce jars from the days of yore that are great for pasta. Bulk spices and beans are my greatest bane.
11th-Aug-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I've wanted a Vita-Mix ever since I was a wee child going to the Oregon State Fair. My grandparents had a booth in the commercial building — they apparently sold enough pianos every year to make it worth while — and the easiest way to keep the grandchild entertained was to send her off to watch the product demos. I have a soft spot for the Vita-Mix, those rosette dessert makers where you dip them into batter and then fry them, and punch-needle embroidery kits as a result.

But the Vita-Mix is the only one I plan to buy. My punch-needle days are long past. ;-)
11th-Aug-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hee, ginmar blames me for making her get one! It's really nice for freezing stuff you get at the farmer's market. Or for bulky stuff like flour and chicken stock.
11th-Aug-2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, so it's actually your fault! Now it all becomes clear. ;-)
11th-Aug-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
OK, I just bookmarked that link! :d

Just visited the Monkey's LJ--hell, woman, you are ripped! Is that just from Egoscue, or have you been doing the kettlebell too?
11th-Aug-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Nary a kettlebell involved, believe it or not. Until I've gotten the knot in my calf and the one in my lower back resolved, I'm not letting myself pick up a KB — just lots of Egoscue, plus the Callanetics DVD a couple of times a week. And the foam roller. And the tennis ball. And we just got a set of the Yamuna Foot Wakers and Foot Savers (planning to post about those soon), and I'm looking into taking a class in the Yamuna Body Rolling when I can.

*checks Yamuna class schedule*


*rechecks schedule*

Hm. BossLady is pretty flexible about letting me make up time if I need to take time during the day for healthcare stuff. (It helps that she has experience herself with chronic pain.) Maybe I should look into signing up for this class session.

Unfortunately, all the books about trigger point therapy that the Oakland Public Library has are checked out. I have holds on three of 'em. *sigh* Berkeley Public Library and the UC Berkeley library's holdings are, surprisingly, even skimpier than OPL's.
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