Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lots of snow ! Good day to bake - Birds Molasses Cookies

Snicker doodles and chocolate chips. Try to get three types done - we will see.
Birds Molasses Cookies were the ones Patty let me get into her cookie swap with.  Very high standards, she wouldn't let me in unless they did a taste test ! Made these with Bird (Joan) and Cindy Buddenhagen.  Nearly lost the 30  year old scrap of paper I have the recipe written on so I will document here:

Birds Molasses Cookies  375 F 10-12 minutes
3/4 c shortening ( like crisco)
1 c white sugar
1 egg
1/4 c molasses
2 c flour
2 t soda
1/4 t salt
1 t cinnamon
3/4/t cloves
3/4 t ginger
small bowl with 1/4c white sugar
Mix All but small bowl of extra sugar till crumbly
make balls ( 1inchish)
roll in bowl with sugar to coat
put on sheet
Bake 8-9 minutes, remove sheet from oven. Press thumb into
cookie to make depression. Fill with Jam. Bake 2-3 more
Alternate - can omit the press and jam step and make plain.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Whew! School work Overwhelming - More Meteors tonight - the geminds

Have no life but searching for liturature, reading it and then writing about it !  Sarah safely back from her second trip to Turkey. Had shovelable snow twice in the last 10 days. Tiger, Tiger, Tiger! Happy Hanuka! Got my new 4 1/2 foot hard needle, white lite plug in tree up and a wreath on the front door . Sarah got an iphone ! Pretty slick been playing with last couple of days.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day !!!

Doing the Turkey ! Got a fresh turkey from Gozzi's Turkey Farm in Guilford (see the colored Toms and Hens  that were spared the fate of the one I bought!)  and used the Alton Brown Recipe (below) - I 1 &1/2 times the ingredients to accomodate a 23-24 lb bird and cook for 4- 4 1/2 hours. Have used this recipe and technique for a number of years now (Mom and Dad were stlill alive when I started). There will be about 20 of us going to Patty and John's.

The Lucky Birds! 

The End Result !

Shared our meal with friends and family - lots to be thankful for.

Good Eats Roast Turkey
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

• 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:
• 1 cup kosher salt
• 1/2 cup light brown sugar
• 1 gallon vegetable stock(I make with Knorr Veggie bullion)
• 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
• 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
• 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
• 1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

• 1 red apple, sliced
• 1/2 onion, sliced
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 cup water
• 4 sprigs rosemary
• 6 leaves sage
• Canola oil

2 to 3 days before roasting:

Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Early on the day or the night before you'd like to eat:

Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.

Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey's cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.

Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

Printed from on Thu Nov 26 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Oprah calls it Quits

Wonder if Comcast will carry her new network OWN ?
Can't wait to see what the last season will bring.

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Meteors Tonight - the Leonids !

Best viewing in Asia but should see some in USA if not cloudy - 1 a.m. till dawn

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween !!!!

Boooooooooooo !!!!!

Halloween 2007 - Arrive on Maui

Hot time in Lahina at the Halloween Parade !  Been 2 years since last on Maui - getting the Hawaii urge

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Watching Shooting Stars - Orionid Meteor Showers

meteor shower peaks overnight  Out in the yard at 4:30 am - all bundled up layin' in a lawn chair - saw numerous little streaks and about 6 really bright shooting stars. Pretty neat!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Snow !!!! On October 15th !!!!

First snow - stayed on the deck and grass - hope it is not the harbinger of things to come.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Water Fire in Providence RI

A group of us took the Amtrak train to and from Providence RI from New Haven. Train was a nice way to travel. Went to see waterfire Very impressive. Very nice city. River fronts are very people friendly. Lots of college kids. Need to go in and explore Providence again. Video clip below gives you an idea of the sites and sounds. What you can not appreciate is the feeling of warmth from the fires while standing on the river banks and the fragrence of the buring wood.