Playing Catch-up

Weekends are usually busy around here so I will most likely post on the weekdays. So here are a few things that I didn’t get to post about this weekend!

  1. I tried to make mascarpone cheese last week, on Tuesday. It didn’t work. This made me sad. Possible causes: Not enough time (I was very rushed and cheese-making is not a quick kitchen experiment), ultra-pasteurized heavy whipping cream which doesn’t thicken easily, and not researching it enough before I tried it. The result: I had to dump a whole quart of whipping cream down the drain.
  2. I never posted my pic of my finished maple rolls.
    I should have whipped up a glaze for them! But it was 7 AM on a Saturday morning and I am not a morning person...
    I should have whipped up a glaze for them! But it was 7 AM on a Saturday morning and I am not a morning person…
    They weren’t sweet enough! I should have doubled or tripled the amount of sugar I used and probably used more butter. I liked their texture though. I will try these again but do a different filling and make an icing for them.
  3. Josh and I tried canning Saturday afternoon. Josh’s pepper plants went crazy and produced more peppers than we can use fresh, so we pickled about a pound or more of them. It was a family event. The two oldest boys helped by slicing peppers. They wore gloves to keep them from burning their fingers on the serranos. Josh helped the boys, and I took care of prepping the pickling solution and sterilizing the lids and jars.
    Canning takes up a lot of space! Someday, I want a 6-burner range. :)
    Canning takes up a lot of space! Someday, I want a 6-burner range. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The finished product: 6 jars of pickled santa fe grande, habanero, and serrano peppers along with some homegrown carrots for fun. I checked their seals this morning and they all sealed!
    The finished product: 6 jars of pickled santa fe grande, habanero, and serrano peppers along with some homegrown carrots for fun. I checked their seals this morning and they all sealed!
    Today’s kitchen experiments: Sourdough pizza crust for some calzones so I can practice for making pizza crust again on Friday for a family lunch, and I am hoping to cold-brew coffee overnight. I also just finished making scones but I’ve made those so many times that they don’t count as a kitchen experiment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chocolate chip scones as requested by my boys. Sprinkled with espresso sugar.
    Chocolate chip scones as requested by my boys. Sprinkled with espresso sugar.
    I also might mix up some homemade hand soap if I have time!
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