Archive for March, 2010

Vanilla Ice Cream with Drunken Cherries

March 24, 2010

Boy, I don’t know where the last couple of weeks have gone.  Busy doing……….I have no idea.

While I was fighting my bout with the winter funk, my best bud,  BrazenBites sent me a care package.  And WOW was it ever a good one.

I LOVE Trader Joes.  What a fun place to shop and I could spend waaaaay too much money.  Good thing they don’t have one any closer than Portland.  Good excuse for a road trip to see my best bud, but that’s probably not gonna happen for a bit.

Anyway…..I digress.  Enclosed was a recipe for drunken cherries.  With the suggestion that they are wonderful over “good” vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream…hmmmm…..well,  Ina’s chocolate was the bomb, so why not try her vanilla.  And, yes, I was glad I did.  Simple and yummy.

INA’S VANILLA ICE CREAM

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean

Directions

Heat the cream, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla seeds in a small saucepan only until the sugar is dissolved. Be sure the sugar is dissolved – you will no longer feel any grittiness from the sugar if you rub some cream between your fingers. Strain into a bowl, cover, and chill very well. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Spoon into a freezer container and allow to chill in the freezer for a few hours. Allow to soften before serving.

How’s that for easy.  Now on to the drunken cherries.

DRUNKEN CHERRIES

1 cup pitted dried tart cherries

1/4 cup amaretto

3 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup boiling water

Dissolve sugar in water then add cherries and amaretto.  Let sit for 12 hrs.

The hardest part of this is letting the cherries it for 12 hours!!!!!!    Yummmmm I think there is enough booze in them to add them to the ice cream just before it’s ready to come out of the ice cream maker and not break your teeth when you eat it.

My Honey headed back to work this morning.  Its gong to tough having him gone all day.  Kinda used to having him around, but the bank account says “it’s time”.    This week is Spring Break for set #2 of gkids, so they are with me alot this week.  Next week is Spring Break for set #1, so WyoNella and the boys will be here next Monday for a few days.  Will be good to see them.

So much for Spring Fever

March 13, 2010

Woke up to snow this morning.  Not a bunch, but please…….if it’s gonna snow make it worth while.  Besides that, my Honey is pissed he hasn’t gotten to plow snow with his new tractor.

We have been eating alot of soup this winter.  It has just sounded good and my Honey likes soup, it’s easy so why not??  Yesterday I put split peas and a ham bone in the crock pot.  I had a little bit of asparagus left over and I thought I was the only one who ate asparagus here.  Well about dinner time my Honey announced that he likes cream of asparagus soup.  Go figure…..won’t eat the stuff from the garden, but likes the soup.

CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

chopped onion

chapped garlic

butter

asparagus…i used ends and all

chicken broth

sour cream

I sauteed the onions and garlic in some butter, then added the asparagus.  Sauteed it all a bit then added chicken broth and simmered until the asparagus is soft.  Let cool a bit then puree it all with an immersion blender or regular blender (be careful when its hot….the lid tends to go flying).  Add sour cream and reheat.  Then enjoy

Yum….yum.  I would enclose a pic, but, well, we snarfed it all down before I even thought about it.  I did find a great recipe for some crackers.  It as in the newsletter from Loletta Cheese Factory in Humboldt County.  I had to do some adapting to what was in the pantry and cut the ingredients in half.  So here is my version

NUTTY CHEESE CRACKERS

1/2 lb of soft butter

1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese (I have used both orange and white)

1/2 cup toasted and chopped nuts (I used walnuts and didn’t toast them)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups flour

Blend together butter and cheese.  Add nuts and seasonings.  Incorporate flour.  The last bit may have to be done by hand.  Roll into logs.  I generally make two.  Wrap with wax paper and chill about 3 hours.  Slice into 1/4″ or so rounds and bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 350 for 12 minutes or edges are just browned.

These are great to eat or crumble in your soup or over a salad.  I usually bake one roll at a time and freeze the other for use later.

And I promised better pics of our baby goat.  So here ya go…..

And check out this face…….

Anybody think of a name yet?????

Winter Funk….be gone!!!!!!

March 11, 2010

I have no idea what has been wrong with me this winter.  But boy, do I ever have the winter blues.  I don’t know if its been the weather, employment/unemployment, sick/healthy or what, and my 57th birthday yesterday sure didn’t help.  But whatever it has been….I promise to do better.

This winter has just been gray.  We haven’t had alot of snow and what we have gotten has been melting fast and making ice and more ice.   At one point the front lawn as totally bare and the driveway had 8 inches of ice.  It has been treacherous to say the least.  We had a pool going for awhile on who would bust their butt first, but no one claimed they did it.  The last week has been warm enough to melt things off and we now have a driveway and not an ice skating rink.  Of course melting ice means mud and there is plenty of that around.  And of course mud makes for oops.

We got it out early the next morning while the ground was still frozen, but there were a few choice words said and the UPS man parks on the road and walks down to the house.

We do have a new addition to our family.  We got her about mid January.  Her name is Lola.

She started out this darling little ball of fur and is now into the terrible twos.

She is a wonderful friend.  We have been taking her to puppy school for the last 6 weeks.  She was too young when we started so we are going to start again at the end of the month.  The last 2 weeks she has been finally getting what was suppose to happen.

We decided this fall that we were going to get chicks.  For my birthday my Honey built me a chicken coop.

I just love it.  I’m still pouting that I have to wait until May to get fuzzy butts though.  But it is just too cold yet to try to keep them alive even in the coop with the brooder.  We have it moved out to area where we want it to set, but haven’t got the run built yet.  We do have some time for that.

Another new addition to the menagerie we had about 10 days ago.

Mama goat had twins, but we lost the little buck.  I will try to get a better picture of her tomorrow.  She is out of the shed and running or should I say hopping around.  Any ideas for a name would be greatly appreciated.

And now for the best new addition to our family.  Meet Lucas James Wells.

Welcome to the world little guy.  We went down to see Lucas and Logan and Mommie and Daddy last weekend.

And Gramps sure is proud.

And Logan sure is growing.  Hard to believe he will be 2 in June.

Well, that’s enough babbling for tonite.  I have lots of new recipes to share and odds and ends.  All for another day.