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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You asked for it...

And I will do my best to provide.

WasSoggy wanted Halloween party pics...check

She also wanted to know the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves. The following definitions are from the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. (I'm paraphrasing).

Jam - cooking crushed or chopped fruit with sugar until the mixture will round up on a spoon. Made from one or more fruits; firm but spreadable.

Jelly - Made from juice strained from fruit. Gelatinized to hold it's shape, yet soft enough to spread easily.

Preserves - Fruit preserved in sugar so it is transparent, shiny, tender and plump. Thickness of soft jelly.

Butter - fruit butter is made by cooking fruit pulp and sugar to a thick consistency that will spread easily. Spices may be added.

Noelle is looking for a Thanksgiving dessert. Me too. I make something different every year and though I've ordered my turkey, the serious meal planning will occur on Monday of next week. Stay tuned.

Tatum wants to know what to do with beets. I really only like beets juiced with carrots, so I'm the wrong person to ask. BUT, god bless him, burning pasta has a beet and blue cheese terrine you might want to check out.

Two more questions require longer answers...perhaps tomorrow I'll answer Katy's question about hosting a dinner party and Marissa's (offline!) question about the ten things I can't live without in my kitchen. Good luck shutting me up!


  1. What about Mona's question for a fun but inexpensive lunch idea for 10 kids and 10 mommies?

  2. You rock sister! I'll let Bryan know about the JJ&P question and I glad to know I was close when I guessed the answers!

  3. You realize you wasted a couple posts by compiling them altogether, right? We are trying to help you with your 30 blogs in 30 days... ;-)