The Sky Is A Hazy Shade of Winter

I forgot to post last weekend. Oops.

I haven’t been taking any photos lately. I was going to run out and get some “grim images of winter” in the yard but instead I pulled out these pretty flowers.

I learned this summer that I have been growing sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes) and didn’t know it. Here’s an article about how to grow them.

I did nothing.

They showed up in my yard on their own and I have been angrily digging them up year after year and composting them only to find they always return. By the time I found out that this was an actual food thing that I would like it was late in the season and I’d lost interest in yard projects but I should have a bumper crop next year.

I like to buy these dried mushrooms at the grocery store. Earlier in the month when I was there I searched high and low and could not find this product in any of the usual and accustomed places.

I finally found someone to ask and this woman told me that NO ONE ever bought it and they were always having to throw the old ones away. She reiterated more than once that NO ONE bought it. I told her that while I understand I am only one customer, I am not no one.

That really annoyed me.

Also, last time I was there I found the product so I don’t know what her deal is.

I was trying to be on top of it and ordered our xmas cards over Thanksgiving weekend. About 2 hours after I ordered them I received an email telling me that I could come pick them up.

I waited until my next trip to the grocery store and went to the photo section which was being manned by a very nice young man, who had to be baked. Really laid back. He handed me a packet of about 17 cards which was significantly less than I ordered.

After a lot of, Whoa. And, Hm. And, Sorry ma’am, he remembers that our order broke the printer. He showed me it on the floor packed up in a box. Did anyone call me? No, of course no one called me, otherwise I wouldn’t be there.

Whoa. Hm. Sorry ma’am. I thought they called you.

To be clear: none of this annoyed me. I thought it was hilarious. If I could, I would be hanging out talking to that kid still, eating Doritos and exchanging quotes from our favorite movies.

I had to go back and get the rest of the cards on my next visit.

We’re staying in town for Christmas. I’ve got everything wrapped and ready. I’m decorating the tree and making cookies this afternoon.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukah. Have a great week whatever you celebrate.

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Take All You Need

Check it out! Tribally branded condoms.

Auntie had a bunch on her kitchen table last time I visited.

“They have a big bowl of them at the clinic. Take all you need.”

Well, technically I don’t *need* any. But I took one because I thought they were funny.

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Worth Trying Once

I am not a breakfast person but I tried a local restaurant that is known for its breakfast and features long lines.

One of the items on the menu was called a frittwich and it was a breakfast sandwich made with an apple fritter. I described the menu item to some friends who take donuts very seriously to see what they thought.

They thought I should try it and get back to them.

I finally revisited the restaurant and gave it a try. It’s a fried egg and cheese and the server recommended adding bacon. Who is going to say no to that?

The first three bites were mesmerizing but the effect wore off fast and after half it was too sweet and weird. I worried how my digestive system was going to treat me and gave up. Overall, it was worth trying but definitely don’t need to do it again.

My digestive system hung together but exhibited some unhappy confusion over what I had done to it.

I’ll be back to posting less frequently. I hope to do more Priscilla recipe testing in the future and will post any gems I find.

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Party Mix!

I didn’t realize there were so many variations of the party mix made from cereal. I wish I could ask about the origins of the recipe name, “Some.” Looks delicious. I can’t eat crunchy things with my braces so I’ll have to wait for next year.

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All The Puddings

Look at all these pudding recipes from the really old cookbook.

Carrot pudding! Kinda tempting.

The Internet says hard sauce is more like a spread.

And look at this Indian Pudding – how not P.C. (I’m not offended.) And it calls for Indian meal which must be corn meal. Just for kicks I put “Indian meal” in my search engine and came up with Tandoori Chicken and Aloo Gobi.

Loretta is Bob’s great aunt, also known as Lolla.

I feel like I tried a variation of this recipe once with not good results.

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Shrimp Salad

This was my big Thanksgiving test recipe but the plan has changed so I’m not making it today. I might make it tomorrow but not sure.

This isn’t the exact recipe. This one is from the ancient cookbook. My sister-in-law has the more recent recipe card.

It’s tomato juice jello with shrimp and chopped vegetables in it. You eat it with a dab of mayonnaise. I was pretty horrified the first time I saw it but it is not bad.

Big cooking day ahead but we’re going to have a fun group.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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More Classic Priscilla Cookies

Another classic Priscilla cookie recipe that she made certain I had. I want to say that I’m inspired to try some of these for Christmas, but probably not. I’m ready to cook Thanksgiving dinner but beyond that, I’m in one of my “the less time in the kitchen, the better” moods at the moment.

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SHUNSHINE CAKE (GOOD)

When I first started going through these recipes, I noticed the typos. We don’t see typos like this so much anymore. (although these days there is an aggressive disregard for proper spelling in casual communications but no need to go into that here.) But back when Priscilla and her mom were typing these recipes, the only way to fix a typo was to start over. According to the Internet, liquid paper wasn’t invented until 1956.

I love that this was for birthday cake. Sounds like angel food cake — the part with the eggs is confusing. Probably intends to say just egg whites.

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Great Aunts

Lottie (Charlotte) was Bob’s great aunt.

I learned that one of these cookbooks was Priscilla’s mom’s. Lottie was the mom’s sister-in-law.

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Mincemeat

I don’t get mincemeat. According to the Internet it was originally a way of preserving meat. In my limited experience, it is not my thing.

I love the idea of caramel pie but just looking at that recipe makes my teeth hurt.

I’m not much for meringue either and the few times I’ve tried it I wasn’t successful. I don’t like recipes that challenge my self-esteem.

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