Interstellar Adventures

November 22, 2005

Pot Luck

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 9:07 am

Welcome to the first annual Interstellar Pot Luck! Below I have shared the recipe for the dish I’ll bring to our virtual Pot Luck.

We all have recipes passed down to us from mothers and grandmothers, or we have recipes that we made up on our own. I love looking through cooking magazines. I have an entire binder full of recipes that were cut from newspapers or slick print. Recipes waiting to be copied onto note cards, then adhered to a page in the binder. I have to carefully remove it from the top of the fridge, balanced and at the appropriate horizontal plane so as not to lose a wisp of paper. I could spend hours or days working on my recipes.

Then I’ve got those that I can make by heart. Not too many mind you. My quick-and-easy Blender Hollandaise is one. I’ll bust that one out for you at Christmas. My jalapeno cranberry sauce is another. Jalapeno cranberry sauce? Yes folks. And my great-grandma loved it. The first restaurant I ever worked at served a turkey dish with jalapeno cranberry sauce. They wouldn’t give me the recipe, so I just made up my own. My own concoction.

1 bag of cranberries, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar. Combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Remove stems and bad cranberries, then rinse cranberries with cold water. Add the cranberries to the pot and continue to boil. Add zest of half an orange. Add 1 diced, fresh jalapeno. Seeds and all. And for those of you that really like the heat, well, add jalapeno till you cry. Reduce heat and simmer, bubbling for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then transfer to a container and refrigerate. I like to let it sit for a day or two, really letting the flavors and the heat develop.

What are you bringing to the Pot Luck? And guys, no fair just bringing beer and chips!

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