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Secrets of a Domestic Goddess

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The domestic goddess in me has reappeared, sporting a spatula in one hand, mixing bowl in the other. For years, I've had a hard time cooking for myself, let alone doing any baking. Having rediscovered my crockpot recently, and my very ancient electric frypan, meals are piling up in my freezer.

Tonight I decided I'd try the cranberry orange loaf I'd seen posted last week and have some baking on hand. What is it about cranberries and orange that are so perfect together? My condo smells absolutely divine with the scent of baking permeating the air.

I'd been debating whether I was going to bake anything this year, but with the pounds of cranberries I received at the Cranberry Festival in early October, I figured I'd best find ways to use them up. I have to admit, for a first time recipe, it's a star, just by smelling it. I'm waiting for it to cool, before adding the glaze.

Now that I have my DG (domestic goddess) apron on, I figured I'd make the tarts and pecan pie bars I'd been looking at the other day. When my daughter was little, we'd make cookies, and maple walnut tarts. Last year, when I visited her, we made them again, kind of off the cuff, as I didn't have the recipe memorized. They turned out delicious, as usual.

That's on the agenda for tomorrow, after I get a chiropractic adjustment, and drive my Mom to some place she wants to drop off one of her Christmas cakes. One thing she hasn't made in years and I should get the recipe from her very soon, is uncooked Christmas cake. It's made with mini coloured marshmallows, chopped almonds, (blanched), glace cherries, and evaporated milk. Ugh. Maybe I don't want the recipe. Just listing all that made my teeth hurt.

As a kid, that was one of my favourite Christmas treats - the uncooked Christmas cake. Remember ribbon hard candy? We'd suck on that for what seemed like hours! We looked forward to that every year. Two other dishes Mom made that are no longer in vogue, are tomato aspic and a jellied salad with chicken noodle soup, celery, shaved carrots, and I'm not sure what else. I loved both those salads! I don't know why, maybe because they were nice and light amongst a very heavy meal.

Mom used to make a rum pudding when we were kids and the whole family was still intact. Grandma, my uncle and aunt and cousins would all gather at our house for Christmas dinner. My job was to polish the silver, which was usually done the day ahead. There was always so much food and I remember having dinner and being too full to eat any dessert.

My dad insisted that I have some of the rum pudding with whipping cream on top, and I remember eating tiny bites, and chewing ever so slowly. Dad got on my case about eating it, before Mom stepped in and said "No, she didn't have to eat it, she's going to be sick if you make her." And guess who'd have to be cleaning that up? Mom. She was no dummy.

I don't think we've had rum pudding since then. I know I haven't made it, and it's highly likely I never will. lol. I'll stick to making tarts and loaves, and that way I can freeze them.

Well, I'm sure the cranberry orange loaf is cool enough now, so I'm off to don my domestic goddess outfit again and glaze that loaf.

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Dec 20 @ 7:08AM  
MMMMmmmmm everything sounds so good. I too love the aromas that emanate from the oven when I bake. Especially in the wintertime It seems to make the house feel all the more cozy.

Dec 20 @ 1:56PM  
My mother lays in about 20 pounds of cranberries from October on. She uses them in all kinds of dishes. I do too. Chicken breasts cooked in orange juice, apple slices and cranberries is divine.

Dec 20 @ 2:26PM  
I bow to you oh Domestic Goddess. I've been making all kinds of dishes for all the parties. The next to the last one being Sat., xmas eve. Then on Sunday I just ordered a fricking turkey dinner from Publix as I finally got cooked out.

I just found out I have from this Thurs to Jan 2nd OFF (8 work days) so I think I might try my hand at some baking. I love trying new recipes but usually I'm not much for being a baker because I hate measuring and many baked recipes need accurate measurements. I don't measure anything which is ironic because I have tons of measuring tools.
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