Re: November Chat
posted at 11/20/2009 4:00 PM EST
tt, I think your fruit cake will be just fine - it is just the fill you cut down on. But I hope you will remember the amounts you used - so you can let us know. Sometimes the lightened up recipes are a lot better. These days our taste buds have changed a lot. I know mine have.
I won't be making mine until after TG. It is crazy around here right now. Our house guest is still here. He took his car one day, and decided that was not the greatest idea - so now I drop him at Oakgroove in the morning (I actually don't mind as long as I get him out of the house - I am bad, I know). I refused to pick him up in the evening, as I am cooking dinner for all of us. So, he takes the T to Oakgrove, then a bus to Reading, where hubby will pick him up. Mr. P did suggest, that we eat out in the evenings, but my Scandinavian heritage tells me, it is totally ridiculous to spend that much money to eat out every night, just because someone decided to be cheap (sorry).
On a different note tt, the meat manager at Shaw's on Rt. 1 - next to Target - has a manager's special. He sells his best ground beef for 88 cents/lbs. We were 3 ladies there in shock. Could this really be possible? So, I got hold of the butcher and he explained to me, it is perfectly fine meat, but he has tons of it out back and he wants to get rid of it. I picked up 3 packages, and stuck them in my freezer for later. One of them will be for your beef soup. Just wanted you to know in case you get down that way this weekend.
In Response to Re: November Chat
[QUOTE]I've started the fruitcake, and I feel like Pingo here - you know - how she alters the recipes - I couldn't see pouring in a whole canister of raisins, so I put about 1 cup in the mixture to boil. I'm realizing as I smell this that you could probably use prepared mincemeat, I think it's got all the same ingredients, except I don't know what the final boiled down amount should be. Anyway, because I did not use 1 lb. of raisins, I have a lot more liquid cooling down than probably the recipe would end up with if I followed amounts exactly. I didn't cut up the whole jar of cherries either, and I'll only use 1/2 lb. of the candied fruit. So, Ken, you're completely off the hook if this fruitcake doesn't come out as expected! I think mine will actually be more of a "spice" cake, not completely loaded with the fruit. Just waiting for the mixture to cool (taking forever) and then I'll pour what raisins are in there and enough of the liquid to make a cup and start adding that slowly to the rest of the ingredients. We'll see - - - - - Don't tell your wife! Awful, she shares her recipe and then I go and change it all around!
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