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Tasty Tuesday – Blueberry-Orange Jam

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Last summer I picked blueberries with some other members of my family and froze about 14 pints of them.  Throughout the year I’ve used a pint here and there to make blueberry cobbler.  But now May has arrived – with blueberry picking season just a few weeks away – and I still have 7 or 8 pints  in the freezer.  What to do with them?  Sunday afternoon I decided to continue with my current canning craze and make jam out of them.  Blueberry-orange jam, to be exact.  It’s worth the trouble.  Here’s the recipe:

4 cups mashed blueberries

1 1/2  Tablespoons finely grated orange peel

1/4 cup orange juice

1 package powdered pectin (1.75 oz.)

4 cups sugar

I used a potato masher to mash the blueberries but soon decided that was too slow.  I got an electic hand blender (one of those wand-looking things), and that worked real well.   I measured 4 cups of coarsely blended blueberries into a large pot.  I added the orange peel, orange juice and pectin and brought it to a boil.  I then added the sugar, stirred it, brought it back to a rolling boil and boiled it for another three or four minutes.  Meanwhile in another very large pot I had boiled the jars and lids.  I used 8-ounce and 4-ounce decorative jars.  I ladled the jam into the jars, wiped the rims of the jars and put on the lids.  It made a LOT – next year I’ll do half that.  I then put the jars back into the boiling water and boiled them.  The directions call for 10 minutes of boiling.  I went overboard so I know for certain that everything is sterilized and well sealed and safe to eat.  So I boiled the sealed jars for about 30 minutes.  Folks, that jam is delicious.  The orange kick added to the blueberries is phenomenal. 

P.S. Don’t want to deal with sterilizing jars?  Just wash the jars well, fill with the jam mixture, leaving a half inch at the top, seal, and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours to set.  Them place in freezer until ready to use.

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Strep Throat on the move. . . (Tasty Tuesday Recipe)

Monday, April 17th, 2006

PawPaw has a confirmed case of strep – and my daughter thinks that she and Sunshine both have it, too. I doubt if anyone wants to visit my branch of the family tree any time soon.

Today as I read TCAP to my small group of six students, my throat started hurting. But I’ve had strep before, and it just wiped me out. I remember feelling “put-me-out-of-my-misery” sick. And I feel okay now except for a little scratchy throat, and that could very well be because I had to read every single test item (stories, questions and all possible answer choices) aloud to the children.

I’m in the middle of making homemade chicken soup to take over to PawPaw’s house. Everybody deserves a little pampering when they’re sick.


Put four or five boneless chicken tenderloins in a saucepan. Cover with water, add a chopped onion and some grated carrots. Season with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil. When chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and cool. Once it is cool, dice the chicken and add it back to the pot. Add a handful of egg noodles and cook until the noodles are done. You can add a little yellow food coloring to make it look nicer, you can also add some chicken stock if you need more volume, and you can add a little flour or corn starch to thicken it. Yum!

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Tasty Tuesday – Easy Fruit Cobbler

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Break time! I am weary of politics – illegal immigration, the war against terrorism, taxes, the msm, liberal insanity – I’m just tired of it all. Listening to Ted Kennedy yesterday during the immigration demonstrations and seeing some of the stupid signs people were carrying, I was disgusted.

So I’m taking a break for a few hours and posting something totally without political overtones. At least I can’t think of anything political about it, although I’m sure SOMEONE SOMEWHERE could come up with something political about cobbler. Maybe an illegal immigrant somewhere has made it. Or maybe it’s part of Bush’s plan to have us make desserts that will make us fat and unproductive so he can take over the world. I’m sure he’s lied to us about something concerning desserts. Let me think . . .
While I’m thinking, here it is – the non-political pie.  If you want the easiest fruit cobbler recipe imaginable, here it is — and it’s REALLY tasty! I swear. I call it:



2 cans fruit pie filling (take your pick – cherry, apple, peach – your favorite)

1/2 box yellow cake mix

1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans are good with cherry, but walnuts seem to go better with apple)
1 tsp. almond flavoring

Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray. Spread the pie filling in the pan. Sprinkle the powdered cake mix on top of the pie filling. Melt the stick of butter and pour it on top of the powdered cake mix, using a spoon to spread it over all the cake mix. Sprinkle the nuts on top and dot with the almond flavoring. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. (The butter and cake mix combine during baking to make a cobbler type crust).  Enjoy!

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