The Gift of Homemade Jam

Happy mail today.  Three jars of wonderful homemade jam made by Pam with the goodness from her Massachusetts garden. Wrapped so carefully, protected perfectly, the mail carrier delivered the unexpected box Friday afternoon. Not a drop spilled. They were well padded- Blubarb, Golden Raspberry and Red Raspberry.  Oh my. Which to sample first?

Saturday morning will require some toast and butter.  How you make the jam without pectin and just half the sugar sounds amazing!  Thank you for the delightful gift.  I appreciate your sharing your harvest and culinary skills.

The golden raspberry might be first as I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a golden raspberry.

 

Rice Pudding-Yes or No?

Rice Pudding-Yes or No?

Rice Pudding

Leftover rice with milk, egg, sugar. This method cooked and stirred on stove top ‘til thick without curdling. Vanilla and raisins, cinnamon on top. There’s a baked method as well. Reminds me of childhood.

How Do You Like Your Toast?

How do you feel about toast?

Although I’ve burned toast on occasion this Duolit Toaster does a magnificent job, really toasting the bread properly. A milestone birthday gift from my friend Vincie. It’s  almost eighteen years ago, oh my.  It has served me well and is still going strong. I should have polished it for the photo.

What a vehicle for butter, Toast is! How do you like your toast? Jam?Jelly? Honey? Cheese? Avocado?

My granddaughter Anna’s artwork on the mug, at least a decade since it was given to me.

Here’s my sister’s Old School toaster in NYC from a blog post six years ago

Can you find one like my sister’s toaster in the museum collection? A toaster collection at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine Florida

Did you know there a song about toast? My SIL James sent this Heywood Banks Toast, Yeah Toast Song which has had millions of views on YouTube.

Tapioca- Yes or No?

This tapioca is take out from the Grant Bar in Millvale. I took it out of the container and put it in the glass. Eating it reminds me of childhood.  If you click the word Tapioca you will learn it’s a starch without much nutritional value.

Here’s the question-tapioca? Yes or no?

I added a piece of mandarin as it looked as if it needed a garnish. I had it for breakfast. They include a couple of half and half shots so I put one in my coffee, not on the tapioca.

Vegetable Ratatouille Moussaka by Chef Sam

Last week’s cooking class by Chef Sam.

He makes the most delicious dishes. In addition to the oven roasted vegetables he prepared a fresh tomato sauce and a béchamel sauce and added Parmesan cheese then baked hot 45 minutes with shredded mozzarella on top.

I was watching and missed photographing a few steps. Stay tuned for this week’s class with a complete photographic essay.

Bruschetta toasted with sundried tomatoes and butter on a sliced Sourdough loaf was served alongside the main dish.

You might have seen Chef Sam on the blog in May making Lentil  cheeseburgers and Caesar salad https://rutheh.com/2019/05/16/chef-sam-cooks/

Revisiting What’s In Your Fridge?

This is a photo from a July 2010 blog post.  Ellen R and I used to teach together.

Ellen in known for the delicious signature cheesecakes she bakes.

When she opened the fridge door (all those years ago) I saw Beer and Cream Cheese and Eggs.  I think it was basketball tournament time.  I saw the photo tonight and read the 2010 blog post and thought I would repost it and ask you, just like that old newspaper column used to ask interviewees-

What three things can one always find in YOUR fridge?

Ellen R’s fridge in 2010

It seems I always have old condiments, eggs, and butter in my fridge.

 

‘Tis the Season

’Tis the season.  Strawberry season. These look good AND taste wonderful. We all know there are berries  that look impressive but disappoint when you bite into them. But not these.

These strawberries captured the taste of summer. Totally!

Unadorned, they were perfection.

(and when I went to look up strawberry I read that “in the botanical world technically they are not considered a true berry” who knew?

“The strawberry is not, from a botanical point of view, a berry. Technically, it is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant’s ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries.[4] Each apparent “seed” (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it.”[4]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry

Cilantro – Yes or No?

Cilantro. On the side.

I’ve read that for some people it tastes like soap.

Others can pile it on and enjoy the distinctive flavor.

Cilantro- what do you say?

yes or no?

What makes us like or dislike tastes? Last night at the Kiez Eis store one of the ice cream flavors was Spargel/asparagus. Another distinctive flavor. I wasn’t brave to try it although I eat it as a vegetable.

My DIL told me recently they offered Cilantro Ice Cream flavor and it was delicious. To her. Would you try it?

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