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Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Sometimes, Jan eats Alpen cereal for breakfast. For the last week, she has been saying, “I should make muffins with the Alpen one morning.”  I finally caught on to what she was really saying which was, “You should make Alpen muffins one morning.”  This is that morning.

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

Karl’s Alpen Mini-muffins

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Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan asked me to make some cookies for a bake sale at the university. Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  Her chocolate chip cookies was one of my favorites, growing up.

Claudia's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Miriam’s Christmas Whiskey Balls

This year I was unable to participate in the family holiday rum-ball spectacular.  I was in Italy, and also had the stomach flu.  That is indeed as unpleasant a combination as it sounds.

So now that I’m stateside and better, Christmas Eve I did some pickup cookie assembling. I popped on A Very Murray Christmas (which I love but my parents can’t stand) and made my own twist on Jan’s Christmas Rum Balls.  Only, I used bourbon and scotch whiskeys.  The base is the same, the boozy variations follow.

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Karl’s White Peach Jam

A few weeks ago I had some peaches sitting on the counter in danger of over ripening. Jam was the obvious solution. Jan thought it was “too sweet.” This flaw did not stop her from eating the entire jar in two weeks.

Karl’s White Peach Jam

Karl’s White Peach Jam

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Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the birthday/holiday treat in our house. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making my mother’s mousse, but it took her years before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This weekend, I am making Israeli couscous with almonds, Jan decided that chocolate mousse with Amaretto would be a good dessert for my Father’s Day dinner.

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse
the Father’s Day Variation

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Jan’s Irish Whiskey Ginger Sauce

I had used alcohol in my mulled port tri-tip and brandied mushrooms, so Jan thought she would use Irish whisky in a sauce to pour over ice cream for dessert.

Jan’s Irish Whiskey Ginger Sauce

Jan’s Irish Whiskey Ginger Sauce

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Karl’s Caramel Mandarin Micro Marmalade

I have been making marmalade the same way for years for a Christmas giveaway. I bought a  microplane zester that produced very fine bits of rind. Over time I have been experimenting with the recipe— no extra water, fine bits of zest and less and less sugar. This has produced an intensely flavorful marmalade.

Karl’s Caramel Mandarin Micro Marmalade

Karl’s Caramel Mandarin
Micro Marmalade

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Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe

When I was a child my mother, Claudia, would make strawberry jam every strawberry season. With five kids and a tight budget, it was one more way to stretch a dollar—even then commercial jelly was expensive. Whenever she did this, she would also bake bread—the smell of fresh bread and jam would fill the house. We would all gather around anticipating the treat of hot jam on warm bread just out of the oven.

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

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Karl’s Sweet Lime Micro Marmalade

One of Jan’s friends has a sweet lime tree. She gave Jan 6 limes from her current crop. I decided that a small batch of marmalade was  the best way to preserve this bounty. I have learned over time that you can make marmalade out of any citrus fruit.

Karl’s Sweet Lime Micro Marmalade

Karl’s Sweet Lime Micro Marmalade

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