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F Page 9 Hells Canyon Journal December 13, 2017 Fun Christmas Creations by Karen Kain from the boiling of the sugar food playground that I will be with the seeds from the fruit, revisiting in the near future. of the Hells Canyon Journal TherecipeI'msharingwith I loved the whole process of Writing my holiday Christ- you calls for the seeds from the making mustard, especially mas piece is one of my favorite fruit to be wrapped in a mesh the sweet and spicy result. I columns of the year. I love bag and included in the boil- used Guinness because I had exploring new recipes, and I ing. This process should make it on hand, but you can use thoroughlyenjoygiftingitems a natural set. One problem almost any kind of dark beer. that are made from the heart, with the local fruit I used is This was a really fun project This year I have come up with that there were very few seeds, for me, and I hope it inspires three unique recipes that are For the first batch of marma- you to try your own version. easy to make and that you lade, I usedthe seeds from the Lastly, I madethree batch- can feel proud to give. I made fruit for pectin, and it did not es of homemade vanilla. I homemade citrus marmalade, set. I felt frustrated and chal- recently started using hazel- mustard and then a few dif- lenged. I am no quitter and nut instead of vanilla in my ferent variations of vanilla was determined to masterthis baking adventures and really extracts. You can try one or process, so I gave it another loved the results. This got me all three. I had a great time whirl. For my second batch, thinking of using different creating in the kitchen, and I I was feeling a bit insecure flavored extracts to bring a hope that this columninspires and added 2 packages of Sure nice twist to some old recipes. you to make up some special Jell Pectin. The marmalade I was super excited to make gifts of your own to share, set nicely and has a lovely a batch of homemade vanilla I started out by cooking up flavor. I know there are many for my first time. I usedvodka, abatch of Citrus Marmalade. experienced canners in the spicedrum andbrandy. Mak- I have learned that folks can valley who might have some ing your own vanilla is not be pretty picky about their secrets about using seeds as only less expensive, but the marmalade. I knew that it a natural pectin. I would love flavor is unbeatable. If you was important to come up to hear any tips you are will- are opposed to using liquor in with something special. I did ing to share. For now, I will your cooking, this recipe will not want to make a batch of continue to add pectin when I not be for you. If you want to artificially flavored j am, but, make this recipe. I'm not a big get a sweeter extract, add a bit instead, create a fabulous cit- fan of food failures, and will of raw honey or maple syrup. rus-explosion-in-your-mouth be making this recipe again. Store-bought "pure" vanilla kind of experience. I think I There are a plethora of often contains corn syrup or have found just that. fruitsyoucanusetomakemar-sugar. I used Madagascar I have always felt that malade, including kumquats, vanillabeansthatIpurchased store-bought marmalade was lemons, limes, grapefruits, online. Madagascar beans are a bit pricey. After making my mandarins, sweet orangesand said to be rich in flavor and own, Ihave abit more respect bergamots. For this recipe I have a wonderful aroma. Us- for marmalade makers and used limes, lemons, oranges ing a high quality, 35 percent how they price it. This recipe and grapefruits. The peel is alcohol is suggested. The va- is not at all complicated, but what brings the lively, bitter nilla willtake a few months to it does take a bit of time and taste and, of course, the sugar process, but will be well worth requires a few steps. Please makes it fabulously sweet. I waiting for. I have heard you don't get intimidated. The received some great feedback can keep adding more liquor most time-consuming part of from experienced marmalade as you use it and still get the this recipe is cutting the skin makers andeaters. I amhappy same fabulous flavor. from the pith. I suggest that to report that this recipe gets I really enjoyed making you put on some holiday mu- two thumbs up! each of these gifts. This year, sic, pour a glass of wine and Next, I made up a batch of the hardest part for me was makeupabatchofsweetness, homemade mustard. There thesharing.Iselfishlywanted For those of you who are are a number of different ways to keep everything for myown serious marmalade consum- to make your own mustard,consumption. Simple projects ers, you probably already To be totally honest, I was a like these inspire me to keep know that a true marmalade bit nervous about this process playing in the kitchen. I will is made from the Seville because it just seemed too continue to search for fun oranges that are only found easy. I simply added mustard treats to share with you. As in Spain. These oranges are seeds and beer together, let the holidays kick off, I want prized for their high pectin it sit on the counter, then toremindyouthathomemade content, which makes the added some honey into thegifts made from the heart marmalade set naturally: The mix, and voila! I think I may make the best presents. Have actual natural "set" come~_ha~e, stumbled, onto a new: a g, reat week, folks! '] , Mollie Atwater and Friends Citrus Marmalade Spay/Neuter Fund is in its dogs. The table below shows over the last 12 years. This 12th year of operation and is the numbers helped by town. would have been a large bur- under the non-profit umbrella Spaying and neutering fe-den on our community. of Baker County. It continues ral cats and our pets makes a The monies raised for to work with the community huge difference in the health this program are spent lo- to reduce the number of un- and well-being of our com- cally, enhancing the social wanted and homeless cats munity and our animals. Both andeconomicwell-beingofthe and dogs in Baker County malesandfemalescontributeCounty. Currently, wehave21 and North Powder by assist- to unwanted puppies and kit- animals on our waiting list. ng folks with spay/neutertens being born. Therefore, if People wanting to contribute surgery costs and providing these animals had not been to the local effort can send information on the benefits of spayed/neutered and each their tax-deductible donation spaying/neutering one's ani- had contributed to a litter of to:MollieAtwaterandFriends hlals. As of December 5, 2017 6 puppies or kittens, then a Spay/Neuter Fund, P.O. Box the Fund has helped 2502 minimum of 15,012 animals402, Baker City, OR 97814. can use a vegetable peeler, heat and add enough water Ingredients: or a sharp paring knife and to make 8 cups in total. Let 2 large grapefruits peelthe skin away from the the juice cool, then cover 4 large oranges pith. I used a paring knife and placeinthe refrigerator 2 lemons and laid the peel flat on a for 8 hours. Put the juice, 2 limes cutting board, pith side up, sugar and salt into a large then I gently cut the entire pot over medium-high heat. 6 cups sugar pith away leaving only the Bring to a full boil. Put the pinch of salt skin. Once you have the pectin into cup of very twol.75-ouncepackagesof pith removed, cut the skins hot water and mix to fully fruit pectin into thin slices and small dissolve. Add the pectin to pieces. You want at least 3 the mixture, reduce the heat Directions: cups of juice and 2 cups of to a low boil and continue Cut the fruit in half and skin. Put the juice and skins to cook for 20-30 minutes. squeeze thejuiceintoamix- into a medium sauce pan You want the mixture to ing bowl. Make sure to keep and heat over medium highreach a temperature of 220 the pulp. Discard the seeds heat. Cook until the mixture degrees F and thicken. Pour and pith. Keep allthe rinds, reaches a full boil. Reduce the marmalade into warm, This is where the recipe be- the heat and simmer for 25 sterilized jars. comes time-consuming.You minutes. Remove from the Brown Mustard Provide Spay/Neuter Fund Update Ingredients: cup mustard seeds MollieAtwaterandFriends animals, 1,934 cats and 568 would have needed homes cup Guinness TOWN Domestic Domestic Feral GRAND % of Total Dogs Cats Cats Total Baker City 361 626 394 1381 59 (inside City Limits) Baker City 53 120 200 373 16 (Outside City limits) Durkee 4 18 3 25 1 Haines 35 49 40 124 5 Halfway 51 129 102 282 12 Hereford 3 6 0 9 0 Huntington 13 7 1 21 1 Ironside 0 1 0 1 0 N. Powder 20 48 65 133 6 Oxbow 1 1 9 11 0 Richland 19 30 56 105 4 Sumpter 4 14 1 19 1 Unity 4 14 0 18 1 TOTAL 568 1063 871 2502 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar I tablespoon maple syrup % cup honey % cup dry mustard Directions: Combine the first 4 ingre- dients in a stainless-steel bowl. Cover and let stand for 3 days. Drain the liquid offthe mustard seeds, and set aside. Put the mustard mixture into a blender and add the honey and dry mustard and blend until smooth but a little grainy. Add the liquid reserve a tablespoon at a time if the mustard is too thick to get the desired consistency. The mustard will keep for up to 6 months in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Homemade Vanilla Directions: Ingredients: 8 ounces of organic Slice the vanilla beans in half lengthwise to reveal the inside non-GMO spiced rum, of the beans. Place the beans inside a glass jar and pour the brandy, bourbon or alcohol over top. Seal and gently shake. Store in a cool, dark vodka, place for a month, shaking occasionally. You can store for up 7-8 vanilla beans to 3 months for the best flavor. You can use the vanilla and replenish the alcohol as you go. I tried vodka, spiced rum and a glass jar brandy; all came out lovely! FOR MAINTENANCE BRING YOUR CAR TO THE IMPORT EXPERTS, o o # o O0 0 0-,.=" 0 0 0 O0 0 ~ 0 I! "" day, "" (G. The clinic wi be CLbSED Mon December ,e. There will be no provider Tuesday, December 26; ,,f'k The o.ffi.ce will be open for clerical services only. 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