Gabriel Grape Jelly aka The Great Grape Experiment Part 2

Gabriel Grape Jelly

Look at that man! See the happiness on his face? “Why is he so happy?” you ponder, “Is he back in Casa Erotica?” I wish! Who wouldn’t want that? I’d like to think that Gabriel is happy because he now has a jelly named after him. I mean, who wouldn’t be?? It’s sweet, sweet reward for just being so darn awesome!! Yes, I was successful at making grape jelly on the second attempt.

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The Grape Jelly experiment and how I discovered jelly candy!!


grape jelly candyGrapes, grapes, grapes everywhere!!! What to do??? I decided to do what everyone else does, make some grape jelly! Most people associate grape jelly with Concord Grapes. While, commercial grape production dates back to the year 1000 B.C., it was not until 1854 that the Concord variety made its debut, appropriately named after the Massachusetts village of Concord where the first of its variety was grown.  The Concord grape is a robust and aromatic grape whose ancestors were wild native species found growing in the rugged New England soil.

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Easy French Bread Recipe


Today I made an easy French bread recipe for Lughnasadh. Dee had a ritual with a potluck. Lughnasadh is a festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Originally it was held on the first of August, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. However, over time the celebrations shifted to the Sundays nearest this date. Lughnasadh is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals such as the Welsh Calan Awst and the English Lammas.

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Meatpies are delicious and easy to make.



For the crust, i made a classic 3-2-1 crust using 3 cups four, 2 sticks of butter, a pinch of salt and 1 cup of cold water. Butter is the key here, when you mix the ingredients together, you want big globs of butter in your dough. This way, when the butter melts in the crust, it helps form the layers.  Here is a video on how to make a pie crust.

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