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October 20, 2019
Making & Storing Sauerkraut from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There are many ways and methods of making sauerkraut. I am not an expert at anything, especially kraut making but I know what works for us. For anyone wanting to get started making kraut, and it can be hard to start some new project like this, and even harder when it’s something you’re going to...

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Black Garlic Steak Sauce from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday Vince grilled steak and we came up with the idea to make two different kinds of black garlic sauce for the steak. I peeled about 5 bulbs of black garlic, put it in the pan, added a little olive oil and mashed the garlic with a fork. I barely warmed the garlic because whatever...

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A Block and a Border from ... Cat Patches

A block and a border is all that's left to quilt on the Wine Country quilt...and then, the binding, of course. Yesterday's sewing went smooth as silk after the near-empty spool debacle of the day before. It was a good thing.

Earlier in the day Mike and I took a drive into town to pick up some undelivered parcels. He was expecting some "rods," that he wanted to use to pull some cable from the back to the front of our 36-foot fifth wheel. He's installing a back-up camera. I'm telling you, the man amazes ...

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A Block and a Border from Cat Patches

A block and a border is all that's left to quilt on the Wine Country quilt...and then, the binding, of course. Yesterday's sewing went smooth as silk after the near-empty spool debacle of the day before. It was a good thing.

Earlier in the day Mike and I took a drive into town to pick up some undelivered parcels. He was expecting some "rods," that he wanted to use to pull some cable from the back to the front of our 36-foot fifth wheel. He's installing a back-up camera. I'm telling you, the man amazes ...

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October 18, 2019
Sauerkraut from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday I tackled the sauerkraut making project. I love watching the cabbage change colors after massaging it. The top photo is freshly cut and the bottom photo is after salting and massaging. For those who haven’t made kraut, the raw cabbage is salted and massaged to help draw out the liquid. I use 2 tsp....

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Roast Beef – Part 2 from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

In yesterday’s post, I had poured the “juice” into a jar and put it in the fridge. At this point, the broth is very condensed. I took the meat from the two large roasts and divided it into four containers – three for the freezer and one for heating tonight. Here’s what it looked like...

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October 17, 2019
The Grater from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Thanks, Teri! The grater/chopper I showed yesterday is a Maxam chopper. I think it’s a little pricey but definitely worth it. This is one of those things that I use often. I was going to say . . if it breaks, I’d replace it immediately but I don’t think it will break very easily. This...

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Pimiento & Cheese from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday I made Pimiento & Cheese. This is the recipe I use. I’m not sure if it’s pimiento or pimento. I see it spelled both ways but I’ve always spelled it pimiento . . at least the last couple of days, so I’m sticking with that. I really love that stuff! I like it with...

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October 16, 2019
Grocery Shopping from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This will sound weird, but probably not surprise anyone – I love grocery shopping. But . . there are caveats: I love grocery shopping alone, and with a list. Yesterday morning I went to the doctor. Vince said “I’ll go with you and then we can buy groceries!” I said “NO! I’m going to the...

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Autumn Jubilee Cooking – Pumpkin Tart from From My Carolina Home

Nothing says Autumn has arrived more than the aroma of something with pumpkin baking in the oven.  When I found a recipe in my Milk Street cookbook that combined pumpkin with bourbon, I had to try it.  Those who know me in real life know that I love to cook with bourbon, and sometimes I put it in the food (LOL, I know, old joke!!).  There is an alternative for those who don’t do alcohol.  Today, with permission, I will share this great recipe for a lighter Pumpkin Tart from Milk Street.  This is a wonderful alternative to the ...

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October 14, 2019
Autumn Leaves from ... Cat Patches

As expected, there was no sewing yesterday. After Saturday's marathon, it was good to take a break anyway. I had apple pie filling to make. Yesterday's yield was 8 pints, and I have a couple of apples left over.


There would have been nine pints except that one of the jars blew its top in the final minutes of the 30-minute processing time. It surprised me, and it caused me to ask a question of fellow canners on Facebook. Their responses were friendly attempts at being helpful, but really offered no new information.

So here's the story ...

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Autumn Leaves from Cat Patches

As expected, there was no sewing yesterday. After Saturday's marathon, it was good to take a break anyway. I had apple pie filling to make. Yesterday's yield was 8 pints, and I have a couple of apples left over.


There would have been nine pints except that one of the jars blew its top in the final minutes of the 30-minute processing time. It surprised me, and it caused me to ask a question of fellow canners on Facebook. Their responses were friendly attempts at being helpful, but really offered no new information.

So here's the story ...

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October 13, 2019
Unicorn Rice Krispie Treats from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Anywhere I’m shopping, I’m always on the lookout for fun, inexpensive things I can pick up for Addie. When I saw a box of unicorn rice krispie treats at Aldi, I knew those were perfect! She had fun making the and they’re quite good but I do love rice krispie treats. Nicole has gridded parchment...

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October 8, 2019
Pig Stand BBQ Sauce from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Pig Stand BBQ Sauce is made in Louisiana and it’s one of those things you miss when you can’t get it. Since Chad smokes and grills so much, he uses a lot of BBQ sauce. He called the other day to see if we can buy it here. I told him I’d check so today...

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October 7, 2019
A Kitchen Day from ... Cat Patches

It was overly optimistic to think anything was going to happen in the sewing room yesterday. I spent the day in the kitchen. That's not a complaint...I enjoy cooking, and everything ended up taking longer than I thought it would. Things might have happened faster had I not gotten it into my head that I needed to start the day with a canning project. On the other hand, I really wanted those CSA carrots out of my vegetable crisper, and so I went ahead with this Carrot Relish.


Really, I was looking for a new way to use ...

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A Kitchen Day from Cat Patches

It was overly optimistic to think anything was going to happen in the sewing room yesterday. I spent the day in the kitchen. That's not a complaint...I enjoy cooking, and everything ended up taking longer than I thought it would. Things might have happened faster had I not gotten it into my head that I needed to start the day with a canning project. On the other hand, I really wanted those CSA carrots out of my vegetable crisper, and so I went ahead with this Carrot Relish.


Really, I was looking for a new way to use ...

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Mushroom, Barley & Venison Soup from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

This morning I started making the soup. The recipe actually didn’t call for meat but I started thinking about adding beef and then I remembered the jars of venison I have and I thought that would work . . except Vince is just not crazy about venison. I don’t understand why because you can’t even...

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October 6, 2019
Final Four from ... Cat Patches

It was another of those days where I was busy all day, but not in a way that encourages much picture-taking. My first task was to get cooking on the Spicy Plum Barbecue Sauce. This was made with the plums I picked from our tree. Before leaving home on our trip to Colorado, I picked and pitted the plums, and then froze them for future use. After thawing them in the refrigerator, they were added to the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and no one will be the wiser that the plums were first frozen.


It's really ...

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Final Four from Cat Patches

It was another of those days where I was busy all day, but not in a way that encourages much picture-taking. My first task was to get cooking on the Spicy Plum Barbecue Sauce. This was made with the plums I picked from our tree. Before leaving home on our trip to Colorado, I picked and pitted the plums, and then froze them for future use. After thawing them in the refrigerator, they were added to the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and no one will be the wiser that the plums were first frozen.


It's really ...

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Two Fails from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Shall I change the name of the blog to “The Witchy Blogger”? I’ve been on a rant today, right? I’m almost always telling you of wonderful things I’ve made or tried . . things you should run out and buy. The frozen avocado was good and definitely better than no avocado but it isn’t as...

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