I had a bit of a scare this morning. I woke up, or rather got pushed out of bed by two three-year-old feet and licked awake by the dog, and went to get an espresso and check my blog (as always Saturday mornings are a bit like Christmas on account of the surge of comments I get for FSF), and it was GONE. This blog. Nothing there. No connection, through the www. or WordPress. For hours. P.A.N.I.C. I called tech support and they said the system was being upgraded but I didn’t quite buy it, and fretted through a three hour long panic attack which included a lot of reprimanding myself for not backing this thing up, only because I never got around to figuring out how.
I have now. Phew. The thing popped back online at around noon. There is a moral to this story: BACK STUFF UP. Just in case.
I’m sorry that some of these recipes come along a little too late, after the occasion that might call for them, as is the case with this cranberry ketchup. Maybe you’ll hang on to the recipe for next year. Or maybe, like me, you like cranberry condiments at other times of the year too. This is like regular cranberry sauce but a little more savoury – made with onions and vinegar as well as sugar and spices – and pureed to a ketchupy consistency. My mom hates it, but I love it. Some rooting around the freezer unearthed a container, so I got to have my turkey sandwich after all. (The turkey seemed a little on the dry side, so I mayoed it up a bit and added some chopped green onion and celery.)
Also, I decided that for all my raving about real hot chocolate this season I have yet to offer up a recipe. (Although pouring warm milk over chopped chocolate will do the trick, provided you can whiz it smooth, which can be a little tricky and is made infinitely easier with one of those little hand-held milk frother things. But please, if you have kids around, don’t let them play with them, particularly in close vicinity to long hair.)
I have heard drinking chocolate called all sorts of things, but I think “bisque” captures its essence best.