Strawberry Jello Shots…

I’m BACK (bitches)! I can’t believe how long its been since I last posted on this blog, but my defense is that my camera got smashed… and by that I mean my boyfriend accidentally drove over it with his truck. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would have written accidentally in quotes because I know he gets so sick of looking at my hundreds of food photos. But what better way to make a triumphant return, with a new, wonderful camera than with a recipe for jello shots!

Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us, And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.”
-W.B. Yeats, The Falling of the Leaves

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Green Monster Ranch

Ahh springtime… Colorado is warming up, the days are getting longer, and the moth population is exploding. Few things make me miss Boston more than feeling like I’m living in the middle of a mid-west biblical plague.

“A quarrel is like buttermilk, once it’s out of the churn; the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.”
-Irish proverb

It’s almost a good thing that Nick isn’t here right now because I know my shrieks and attacks of pure panic as they dive bomb my head while I attempt to watch a movie in my own living room, would only get me annoyance and looks of disdain from him… Much like the looks he gets from Sox fans as he walks around Yawkey Way with his Yanks cap on. Now THAT’S what I call a segue!

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Spiced Apple Cider

“Even if I knew that
tomorrow the world
would go to pieces,
I would still plant
my apple tree.”

-Martin Luther

I know… I know. I’m the worst. What kind of blogger abandons her work for two full months? Lazy ones like me. Whoopsies.

In my defense I have been working a lot. Except when I went home for Thanksgiving. And again for Christmas. If I said I have been in a turkey coma for over 8 weeks would you believe me? It’s not really important that you believe me, there’s nuttin’ yous can do about it, I’m just trying to ease my own conscience.

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Apple Cider Vinaigrette…

“Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Apple Cider Vinaigrette with Mixed Greens and Cranberries

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_ _ This recipe is amazing, I love vinegar and it goes surprisingly well the sweetness of the cider to make a light and tasty dressing, perfect for Fall and pairing with dishes like my stuffed pork chops, to cut the heaviness!

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Not “Just” Mayo…

“Such young unfurrowed souls roll to meet each other like two velvet peaches that touch softly and are at rest; they mingle as easily as two brooklets that ask for nothing but to entwine themselves and ripple with ever-interlacing curves in the leafiest hiding-places.”

-George Eliot, Adam Bede

Garlic Basil Aioli

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_ _ I recently had a friend make fun of the fact that “aioli” is just a decorative word used to get away with serving people more expensive mayo… Fair enough. But when you add things like garlic and fresh basil into the mix, it’s so much more than just mayonnaise; it no longer makes me want to die at the thought of dipping vegetables in it; it makes me feel like a fancy lady. And to your friends who don’t know what aioli is, it sounds like you put in a lot more effort than throwing a couple of ingredients into a blender.

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I Used To Think I Was Boring, But Then I Got A Lot More Boring…

“All the knives and forks were working away at a rate that was quite alarming; very few words were spoken; and everybody seemed to eat his utmost in self-defense, as if a famine were expected to set in before breakfast time tomorrow morning, and it had become high time to assert the first law of nature.”

-Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

Chocolate-Strawberry Jam

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_ _ Despite being the target of significant mocking from my friends (who have now been downgraded to “associates” for their unsupportiveness), I’m proud to have channeled my inner 70-year-old woman this past week. Putting my slow cooker to more use than I had since I purchased it, I spent my days making chocolate-strawberry jam, homemade pizza sauce, and peach butter, as well as baking scones, homemade brownies, and handing out Werther’s candies to the neighborhood children… and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I spent the hours while the slow cooker was at work, watching an excess of “pawn” shows, including but not limited to, Antiques Road Show. I also successfully canned all these homemade jellies and condiments, and thus began my love affair with mini mason jars.

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