Sunday, August 28, 2011

MitM in the Battle Creek Enquirer

My little corner of the blogosphere is getting some attention this morning. Check out Munching in the Mitten in today's Battle Creek Enquirer. :)

From the Battle Creek Enquirer online. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lord Grey's Peach Preserves

The adventures in cannin' and jammin' continued today with another Preservation Society recipe for Peach Preserves with Earl Grey tea. The recipe was easy to follow, and went a little something like this:

To start, score a shallow "X" in the bottom of your peaches. You will want to use five pounds of peaches. Then, in batches, drop them in boiling water for about a minute until the skin loosens up. Cool the peaches in an ice water bath so that you can comfortably peel and slice them. Once you have peeled, quartered, and sliced your peaches into 1/3" slices, mix them with four cups of sugar and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. 

After 30 minutes the peach+sugar mixture will have produced a lot of juice. Drop in four Earl Grey tea bags and cut open an additional tea bag and mix the leaves in with your peach mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil for about twenty to twenty five minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize and prepare your jars for preserving following this method. To check if your preserves are ready to go into their jars, Bon Appetit recommends a nifty method. Put a small plate in the freezer and after boiling your peaches for the allotted time, spoon a small amount on the cold plate. When the peach mixture doesn't run, you know its done. Skim the foam off the top of the peaches before canning (I think I missed some, the top of my jars look a little foamy). 

Continue to process you jars as described by the method in the link above. 

Blurry picture. :(

After finishing all of the jars, I enjoyed the pan scrapings the best way I know how. Preserves atop goat cheese and Carr's whole wheat crackers. So.good. The peaches with the Earl Grey tea produces a really unique flavor. 

My preserves are resting on the counter for the next 24 hours until they move to a more permanent, cool, dark location (the pantry!). I'm excited to pack a few jars for school. More importantly, I'm crossing my fingers that Irene doesn't delay my older sister's travel plans later this week - then I can share them with her. :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

When the cat's away the mice will play...

...with tofu! Actually to be grammatically correct, the cats were away (no apostrophe). By cats I mean Mom and Dad, who were moving our little Molly into college. I'm not sure what is harder to believe - that Molly is a college freshman or that I am a senior? Let's not ponder that too long.

Anyways, Mom + Dad's absence seemed like a good time to cook something I'm pretty sure they wouldn't love, tofu. I wasn't in love, but I was in like with it. My method came from a favorite blog, Kath Eats Real Food. First I sliced and pressed the tofu for about twenty minutes beneath a few dusty cookbooks. 

Then I marinated the tofu in a homemade BBQ sauce, the recipe accompanied KERF's baked tofu method. Twenty minutes in the oven at 350 after marinating for a bit and your done.

I ate my tofu with a few (like two) salad greens, farmers market tomatoes, cantaloupe and corn anadama bread from the Bread Man, with the company of a Food & Wine magazine.

Oh summer, don't leave. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back-2-School (WHAT!?) Potluck

Last night Molly and I hosted a potluck for several of our friends to celebrate the summer and hang out one more time before its back to school. Molly (my little sister) leaves for school this week, but I still have a few more weeks (this is totally fine with me, I could use another a month).

We had a great evening! It is nice that as we have gotten older, we share friends - much more fun and efficient. :)

I am the fairest of them all, yikes. 
My contribution to dinner were the kabobs. Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs from All Recipes, to be exact. I always find the comments on All Recipes to be helpful. With a commenter's advice I added pineapple to the skewers and remembered to soak the skewers in water for a few hours prior to grill time. However in true Madeline-cooking-fashion, improvisation was necessary and "grilling time" turned into broiler time. No.Propane. Next time your grill runs out of propane, charcoal, etc., broil your skewers for five minutes on each side. 

The other great items on the plate were: caesar salad, balsamic quinoa salad with cranberries, feta, and cucumbers and taco dip. Not pictured: goat cheese and whole wheat Carr's crackers. 

And for dessert, an always popular crowd pleaser: brownies (made with applesauce instead of oil). Yum!

More end of summer celebrations to come!

P.S. The coriander seed has been dried and plucked from it's stems. It didn't quite fall off like it was supposed to but came off quite easily. Now, what to make with it?

Monday, August 15, 2011

KODAK Gallery Photo Book

KODAK and Foodbuzz (the Facebook for foodies site you see links to on my page) recently teamed up to offer Featured Publishers, like myself, the opportunity to create a free Quickstart Photo Book. Initially I had several different ideas about what type of photo book I wanted to make, but ultimately decided to use this opportunity to compile the many family photos we took in June when we celebrated my little sister's graduation and my older sister's marriage.

The scrap booking gene skipped several generations in my family. Luckily creating a Photo Book with KODAK couldn't be easier. All the tools you need are right in front of you on the page.

I'm still finishing up my Photo Book but I will be sure to share the final product soon! In the meantime you should head on over to KODAK because they are offering readers (you!) 40% off of a medium hardcover or large Photo Book. Go to to redeem before August 31st, 2011. Thanks KODAK & Foodbuzz!