Archive for December, 2009

 Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The challenge:  make a homemade barbecue sauce that’s not too sweet, that’s tangy-mustardy like a Memphis-style sauce, and can be put up using a boiling water bath.
I’m almost there.
I despise finding huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup in food, especially as the number one ingredient.  Before our preferred brand of store-bought barbecue sauce became [...]



 Homemade Peach Cobbler

I need a break from cranberries and apples and cinnamon and chocolate and peppermint and winter/Christmas baking smells.
I need a smell and taste of summer.  I need to celebrate that the days are now going to get longer and the growing season will be here again before I know it.
I was down in the Little [...]



 Plastic or Paper?

Not these.

These.

I always wonder which type of egg carton is more environmentally friendly, so I decided to do a little research:

I can compost or recycle the paper ones.  The polystyrene foam ones are not recyclable here in Podunk Junction – they have to be thrown in the trash.

One vote for paper.

According to Eggland’s Best, it [...]



 Cooking-Venison Tenderloins

Our favorite way to cook our venison tenderloin filets is to crust them with pepper, sear and serve with a tart, fruity sauce.
First, mellow out the pepper.  Put some olive oil in a small heavy saute pan and add coarsely ground black peppercorns (or smashed with a hammer if you don’t have a grinder – [...]



 Putting Up-Venison Tenderloins

‘Tis the season…for venison.
For those who think venison is icky or gamy, it’s probably because:
A. It’s meat from an old buck in the middle of the rut (you know, the ones with the big trophy-sized rack on their head), or
B.  It wasn’t field dressed properly, or
C.  It wasn’t cooked properly.
In our opinion, venison is some [...]