I love reading Young House Love and Bower Power. I love pinning ideas to Pinterest and have made/bought a few things. I am not a very crafty person or craft on a regular basis, so having the stars align with needing to make a new appetizer for an Oscar party and the Pinterest Challenge - Winter Version was amazing!
Not sure making a recipe necessarily counts, but it counts for me!
At Christmas, I decide to try my hand at Green Chile Pepper Jelly. Sadly, I didn't take any pictures of the jelly, but it seemed to be a hit with my in-laws! We ate most of it with homemade bagels and cream cheese on "H-family Christmas Morning" (Christmas is celebrated the Saturday before, so we can all visit our other in-laws - brilliant idea!)
This is the recipe I used - the hardest part was the canning, since some cans needed to be redone. I just followed the canning directions included with the pectin.
Makes 6 half-pints of jelly
6 fresh green chilies
6 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
6 oz. liquid pectin
6 drops of green food coloring
1. Wash and mince chilies. Combine chilies, sugar, and vinegar in a large saucepan or kettle and boil mixture at high heat for 5 minutes.
2. Pour boiled mixture through cheesecloth to remove seeds. Return the mixture to saucepan or kettle.
3. Add pectin and food coloring to mixture and boil for 1 minute. Skim off any foam that may have formed.
4. Pour mixture into hot, sterilized, half-pint canning jars. Seal according to manufacturer's directions.
5. Process jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Test seal when cooled.
I had some jelly leftover that needs to be eaten soon, so I decided to make crackers. Specifically, Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly, thanks to Pinterest and Better Homes and Gardens.
The recipe was pretty simple.
|Dough after sitting in the fridge for ~4hrs.|
I used a mixture of extra sharp cheddar and sharp cheddar (of course purchased in a block and shredded in my KitchenAid food processor.) and did everything with a food processor.
|The brown ones in the corner were too thin and got crispy!|
My only comment is to cut the recipe in half. 80 wafers is too much!
Maybe for the next Pinterest Challenge I'll do something more crafty!