That was part of the lyrics of a song about the lovely lemon tree. It is true! Here are some photos from my Meyer lemon tree. The poor silly thing keeps blooming but hasn’t set any fruit as yet this year. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
What exactly is Clear Jel? And why do people who can stuff think it is so great? Well, I am here to tell you all about it. Clear Jel is a modified corn starch. I can’t say if it is non-GMO, but it is sugar free, salt free, vegan and gluten free. It has been used commercially for years and is available to the home cook in as small of an amount as a pound. A pound of Clear Jel is about 3 cups, and as you can see by my recipes for mushroom soup here, a little goes a long way.
Occasionally, Mr. M and I take a trip into a neighboring town to shop at the Sam’s Club there. Last time, I found a great price on fresh mushrooms. I was delighted because I was getting low on one of my favorite homemade convenience foods, canned mushroom soup. I make two different types using recipes from one of my favorite websites for canning ideas. The reason I say ideas is that I am one of those cooks that cannot leave well enough alone. I have to make my own tweaks. So here is how I make my canned mushroom soups. Read the rest of this entry »