Greetings, friends! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the recent Thanksgiving holiday! We enjoyed our usual feast this year, but following COVID rules, we were not surrounded by family and friends this year. While it truly is a blessing it is to live close enough to get together, this year we opted to stay safe and socially distanced, and made use of technology to come together. Face Time and Zoom are our good friends these days!
As I did with everyone over the weekend, I invite you to grab a cup of coffee and virtually join me in the kitchen, be it with the actual (paper) Jamestown Gazette in your hand or on your electronic device! While technology frequently confounds me, it has become a regular part of my life these days. From face-timing my precious grand-daughter (who lives in Florida), to connecting with my fellow Rotarians on our weekly Zoom meeting, we have all seemingly (albeit forcefully at times) embraced technology to stay connected. These days technology has worked its way into my kitchen, as well…
While my old stand-bys, my favorite cook books, still sit within arms-reach on my shelf, I have found a few new friends online! There are so many great cooking apps available, I sometimes feel like I am cheating on my beloved cook books.
While I can flip through the pages of my dog-eared cook books and usually find a single recipe or two, I can scroll through literally hundreds of recipes for the same dish and choose one that will exactly suit my needs (or use the specific ingredients I have on hand). I will be the first to admit that I struggle with fitting technology into my way of life, but I promise you, I am trying, and you should too!
While one of my secret passions and guilty pleasures has always been buying cooking magazines, I find myself buying fewer these days. I might see a recipe idea on the cover of a magazine at the supermarket checkout, and rather than spend the money to buy the magazine, I will go home and scroll through a couple of my favorite recipe sites and see what I can come up with that resembles what I saw. Now believe me, as a small business owner, I respect the need for people to actually BUY goods and products, rather than simply “googling it”. These days however, I really appreciate the extra money in my pocket when I don’t have to buy an entire magazine to get one recipe (which I have done on far too many occasions!).
This week I invite you to give a thought to looking up a recipe online. You may need to do it a few times before you are completely comfortable with the process, but I guarantee, with a little practice you will share my amazement in how easy it is to find what you want in the blink of an eye. In the meantime, why not whip up a batch of chai tea (a recipe I found online) and ask someone to join you in the kitchen!
Bring to just a boil in a medium sauce pan:
- 3 c water
- 1 ½ c milk
- ¾ c sugar (or to taste)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 16 cardamom pods, crushed (can be found in gourmet spice section of most larger supermarkets)
- 1 t whole cloves
- ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- ½ t whole white or black peppercorns
Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Return to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in:
2 T black tea leaves
Cover and let stand two minutes. Strain and serve at once, or let cool and serve over ice.
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