I know that everyone is going to be terribly disappointed that I didn’t make grape freezer jelly (just never got around to it and have zero freezer space at the moment) and also didn’t make vanilla yogurt. That is something that I will try soon, but when it is 25 degrees out, yogurt is just not my go to snack. Whereas peanut butter out of the jar knows no season. Unfortunately.
It’s December, so of course there was cooking from scratch, but it took the form of this.
So good! I am a great person to know if you have a high metabolism, are currently breastfeeding, or just enjoy sweets.
I grew up with a biscotti-making sister, but had never made any of my own. I found a very basic recipe that I made a few times that we really enjoyed. They were pretty easy too! I would keep them around except that I would eat them all.
I also made a different eggnog recipe because it was the Betty Crocker gold standard recipe. Less sugar and fewer eggs, but not as good (or “just different” says husband, diplomatically).
I tried a new bread recipe too, which turned out really well. However, since it is not basic bare bones like my normal recipe (ie. calls for honey and butter) I could eat a loaf in two days.
Two loaves of bread usually lasts 2 weeks for us and that recipe lasted about 6 days. So I will make it on occasion, but not all the time. From that recipe, however, I learned that rolling out the bread dough with a rolling pin helps the bread’s consistency, and I found that to be true when I made my normal recipe.
On a frugal note, I made my own maple syrup, but I will go back to buying the expensive stuff that comes out of trees and has a deep rich maple-y flavor. This stuff, while cheap, is just liquid sugar. Nothing particularly interesting about the flavor.
Almost a year ago I picked up some quinoa at the Amish store but had not actually cooked it. I did feel very cool, however, knowing I had quinoa in the cupboard and knew how to pronounce it. I finally got around to making it with a bacon, spinach, and apple pork chop recipe that I’ve wanted to make for a while and it was SO good. All of it. I will be making it again!
So that was December. A little bit of learning and a whole lot of chocolate!