Monday, November 28, 2011

Cherry Preserves


  • 2 lbs of sweet, Bing (?) cherries from the previously abandoned house next door
  • 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 2t of Pomona pectin (sans calcium water)
  • Scant 2 cups of sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1T of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice


Yield was 5 1/2 pint jars.  Barely enough for gift giving.  Damn.  Might have to try some apple pear butter to complete my black friday / cyber monday holiday gift activity.  

This was my inspiration for the addition of balsamic.  In a tiny test batch the taste of molasses in the brown sugar was not to our taste, so no brown sugar was harmed in the making of this jam.  

Brought the cherries and pectin / sugar mixture to a boil.  Added the remaining sugar, vinegar, salt and lemon juice and boiled for just under 2 minutes, stirring all the while.  Ladled into my very clean jars (fresh from a bowl of simmering H2O) and boiled the jars for 10 minutes, until they were just al dente.  Uh huh. 

Now, hoping that botulinum toxin will not visit upon my preserves like creep gun owners who open carry guns in public places

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A poem for my siblings to celebrate my own birthday.  I suck at getting cards, phone calls and gifts out on time, despite my best intentions.  (Which don't count for a hill of beans, it seems.)

My birthday approaching,
I thought it the time
to send birthday wishes-
your birthday, not mine.


For Pam, this poem comes
three months too late.
for Peggy this comes,
with nary a wait.


For Dee and Evette,
this comes months too soon.  
And Ants usually gets something
to get buzzed when consumed.


Now when comes next Friday
and the birthday is mine,
think of me fondly
and toast my health with some wine!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Twitter poetry, in very bad taste:

my butt on fire/ delicious chile rojo/ only time relieves.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Poem for Grace

Here's to Grace
at 41

Bore two daughters
and one son

Lovely, witty, smart
and fun

Happy Birthday
41