Bar Top: Blueberry Spritzer

This is my second drink post in as many weeks…what can I say, I’ve had a lot of thinking to do.

fresh blueberries, mmmmm

fresh blueberries, mmmmm

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Kitchen Disaster: Blueberry Syrup

I wouldn’t call this a “Kitchen Disaster”, exactly, maybe more of a disappointment. Remember when I made the blueberry syrup last year?

When I opened a jar of blueberry syrup to make a Blueberry Spritzer, I saw that the syrup is a bit too jelled. I added too much clear jel.  Clear Jel is some strong stuff, in the original recipe I used 1 Tablespoon of Clear Jel to 5 cups of juice!  This doesn’t make the blueberry syrup unedible, it just means I have to heat it up a bit before I use it as an actual syrup. It still tastes like wonderful blueberries!  So I’m editing my recipe to include only 2 teaspoons of Clear Jel.

DANG IT!  I added too much Clear Jel!

DANG IT! I added too much Clear Jel!

Below is my note on the change to the recipe:

Blueberry Pancake Syrup:

  • 5 Cups Blueberry Juice
  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Clear Jel
  1. In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine blueberry juice, sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil steadily, stirring occasionally, until mixture has reduced down.
  2. Make a slurry with the Clear Jel and add that to the blueberry juice. Cook down until mixture has thickened slightly
  3. **Note about Clear Jel** Clear Jel does not thicken until it cools, so don’t cook down the syrup so much that it is actually gelling. This is a syrup not a jelly. If you cook the syrup down too much, when the syrup cools, the clear jel will make it a jelly like consistency.
  4. Ladle into jars leaving a quarter inch headspace, process for 10 minutes

A Few of My Favorite Things: Tomato Season

Are those? Oh God.

IT'S AUGUST ALREADY?!

IT’S AUGUST ALREADY?!

Yes, yes, those are crates of tomatoes.

OMG, it’s going to August already!  WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!  I AM NOT READY FOR TOMATOES!!!!!

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Cantaloupe Chili Jelly

“Foodie Challenge:

Flavor profiles that go well with Cantaloupe.

And, go!”

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Brad’s Produce Bulk Beef Purchase

The day finally arrived!  We received our bulk beef order.  I don’t know who’s more excited about our bulk beef order, the dogs or Rico Suave?

Sneaky dog checking out our beef...

Sneaky dog checking out our beef…

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Bar Top: Cherry Manhattan

The other day I received news that my tenants had an offer accepted on a house and are moving out at the end of August. I truly am happy for them. This is their first home and I remember fondly the excitement of closing on my first home. They were great tenants and I wish them all the best.

On the way home, I asked Rico Suave to put two martini glasses in the freezer. One needs a good drink to accompany the brainstorming that follows news of this nature.

Pour me a drink, Bartender!

Pour me a drink, Bartender!

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