Two years ago I was in the Finger Lakes over Labor Day Weekend, and picked ten pounds of concord grapes. Soon after our love for grape ice cream was born.
Last year, we knew we wouldn’t be able to make it back there during grape season, and my parents were kind enough to pick some and bring them to us. Well, I think they got a little carried away. Because they brought me 25 pounds of concord grapes! My favorite way to eat them is fresh – although it’s messy and turns your lips and fingernails purple. But they only last so long – so when I couldn’t possible eat another – into the freezer they went.
I smile every time I look at them, because I remember another day spent in grapevines in the Finger Lakes.
Taking wedding photos with my bridesmaids. Some pretty, some silly.
Clearly I was in bridal la-la land. I can’t believe I let them near my white dress with those dark purple grapes!!!! (Although these were grapes for Riesling, not Concords.)
I still have about ten pounds of concord grapes in my freezer and am looking for ways to use them. I recently made these Concord Grape Crumb Bars, which make a fancy upgrade from a regular brownie sundae.
I’ve also got my eye on trying this concord grape sorbet from Martha Stewart:
via Martha Stewart
and of course I need to try making the classic grape jelly:
The only problem is that most concord grape recipes I’ve found are desserts. Although I did bookmark this tasty looking grape focaccia from my Smitten Kitchen cookbook:
via Smitten Kitchen
I am looking for recommendations!
What would you make with ten pounds of concord grapes?
Earlier in the fall my husband got my a waffle maker for my birthday (I think a little bird told him).
I love waffles. Waffles with maple syrup. Waffles with whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Waffles with peanut butter. Waffles with waffles on top. You. Name. It.
However, it had never occurred to me to use a waffle maker for something OTHER than waffles. Thanks to the glorious invention known as the internet, I’ve discovered a plethora of non-waffle waffle maker ideas.
Like waffle-maker chocolate chip cookies!
or homemade mac ‘n cheese! genius!
or waffle-maker brownies! (For extra crispy edges)
or homemade soft pretzels!
or hash browns – brilliant!
That’s it! No more kitchen renovations. We’re getting rid of everything except the waffle maker and the kitchen sink.
How do you like to eat your waffles?
My kitchen looked like this for the better part of this last weekend.
Clouds of confectioner’s sugar bloomed in the kitchen air. Sticks of butter disappeared. Chocolatey aromas wafted through the house.
All in the name of Christmas candies!
And there was much rejoicing.
(P.S. Like my new Christmas table runner? My sewing skillz are slowly growing.)
Recipes: (Going clockwise)
1. Snowdrops (recipe below, as I couldn’t find it online)
2. Buckeye Balls recipe
3. Chocolate Crinkles recipe
4. Peppermint Patties (my favorite!) recipe
- Melt 1 bag white chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter together in a double boiler
- In a bowl toss 3 cups rice krispies, 1 cup peanuts and 3 cups marshmallows
- When white chocolate/pb is melted, stir into cereal/nuts/marshmallows
- Immediately spoon on to wax paper to harden
- I refrigerated mine (aka. stuck them out on the deck)
Oye, I’m glad I went to Zumba tonight.
What is your favorite Christmas treat to bake? or not bake? Is anyone else pumped about ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas?