Blackberry Jam ♥

WOW this is SO SO GOOD! That’s all I have to say.

Blackberry Jam via KMS (makes one pint)

  • 3 c. blackberries
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 of a lime’s zest & juices
  • 1/4 c. frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 of a small honeycrisp apple, diced

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  1. In a deep nonreactive pan, bring the blackberries, sugar, and lime to gentle boil. Start some mashing with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the blueberries and diced apple. Continue stirring and occasionally mashing as often as possible. 
  3. Keep stirring the mixture at a rolling boil for 40 minutes more or less, until it thickens.
  4. Spoon into boiled jam jars, and cover with lids. At some point the lids will pop. Let them cool over night or all day before refrigerating them.
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Ronald McDonald House

HAPPY SPRING!

Feeling oh so vernal. Looks like this spring will be great :)
BEST thing EVER: Tuesday Lunch at the Aurora Ronald McDonald House Solo!

Fried Rice (30 servings)

  • 18 c. cooked brown rice, cold
  • 1 pkg. Chinese sausage, boiled + pan fried & cubed
  • 20 oz. frozen peas and carrots, rinsed and strained
  • 6 T. canola oil
  • 12 eggs
  • 10-12 T. Mom’s fried rice sauce (soy sauce + sugar + chicken bouillon)
  • ground black pepper

Crab Rangoon Dip & Wonton Chips (30 servings)

  • 2 pkg. fried dumpling wrappers, quartered
  • 3 c. frying oil
  • 3-8oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 3 T. honey
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1/2 T. garlic powder
  • 1/2 T. sugar
  • 1 very generous t. coarse kosher salt
  • 1 t. ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. imitation crab, chopped

Mini Almond Cookie Crust Cheesecake (50 servings)

  • 16 almond cookies, finely crumbled w/ almonds reserved
  • 2-8 oz.pkg. of cream cheese
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Sriracha Bean Dip

Yay for six miles today! Unfortunately I cannot photograph a nice “dip” picture, they all just look blah. Here’s another dip recipe without a picture anyway… My over excessive use of garlic sorta backfired this time. The dip turned out too garlicky and less beany, which is what I would have preferred. Still dippable though with a mini whole wheat Toufayan pitette. Also delicious mixed with shreds of chicken breast and leafy greens stuffed inside a pita pocket. He loved it & so did Mom— success after all =)

Sriracha Bean Dip via WORC

  • 15 oz. white cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1-2 t. soy sauce
  • 2 T. sriracha
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1/2 t. madras curry powder
  • 1-2 T. water
  • 1 T. lemon juice or lime juice

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus via FN ♥ sooooo good !

  • 2-15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin-olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 large cloves of cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 generous t. sesame oil
  • 3/4 t. ground cumin
  • 15 grinds of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 t. kosher salt
  • paprika and cilantro to garnish

Nutrition Facts per Tablespoon: Calories – 57; Total Fat 4g (Sat 0.5g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 96mg;  Total Carbs 5g (Sugar 0g,  Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 1g

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Superbowl Sunday: NY Giants vs. NE Patriots

I’ve never really been much of a sports fanatic, let alone a football fan. I think it’s great that people are such devoted fans, but I’m just in it for the fun & food…hehe. Half-time with Madonna was sorta awesome, that’s all I have to say really.

Chicken Enchilada Dip
w/ Tortilla Chips

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar & monterey cheese
  • 5 hot peppers, minced

Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.

Garlic Dip w/ Pretzel Sticks

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 pkg. garlic herb dip seasoning

Chocolate Stout Brownies via BA

  • 1 c. Guinness, cooked to reduce to 1/2 c.
  • 1 c. plus 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 3/4 c. flour

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. More detailed instructions are on the Bon Appetite website. I’m not sure if I’d be making these again though. I REALLY love chocolate stout, but unfortunately, these just didn’t enthrall me. I’ve had better chocolaty-stout things.