Cathartic Ink

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Posts Categorized / Cooking and Baking

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Marnie posted a link on twitter to this recipe on the Food Network this morning and even though we’re not celebrating Thanksgiving until Friday this year, I went ahead and immediately made some changes and tossed my berries in the oven. Just over an hour from start to finish, this sauce can be made quite read more


Mushroom Soup

Now that we’re at least partly settled in the new place, I am getting used to an electric stove/oven after almost five years of cooking with gas. I grew up with a gas stove, it’s natural to me. Electric–especially the stovetop–is highly frustrating but I’m getting used to it again. My husband loves soups. I’m read more


Baker Baker

There’s a voice inside my head that says, well, if three kinds of cookies are good, eight or nine kinds of cookies are better. And that is how I have spent the past few days, dusted with flour, washing my stand mixer bowl over and over and over again in a baking frenzy to prepare read more


Blueberry Jam

I’m busy with Christmas preparation pretty much every day now. One of yesterday’s tasks was to make blueberry jam from the blueberries I froze back in July when they were in season. I prefer my jam made without white sugar, the more fruit the better. This jam consists of blueberries, concentrated grape juice (no sugar read more


Flakey Pie Crust

I took some tips from Smitten Kitchen this year, but with the notable exception of using my food processor. I pulsed 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in my food processor. Then I cut 2 sticks of butter into big cubes, then tossed those in the processor and read more