I have not been to work since December 23rd and I finally got a day where I didn't really have anything to do. So guess what I did? I made stuff.
The first thing I made was freezer jam. Now I know that's something that dudes don't normally do but if you are raised on the stuff and try to find a store equivalent you are going to get let down. Not to mention that those Smuckers guys jam sucks. So I went to the store and got some organic frozen black berries and some pectin and followed the recipe and before I knew it I had jam. The only thing to remember is that you need to follow the recipe to a T. If you don't do what it says you will get bad results.
The other thing I made was bread pudding. I have been dabbling in the idea of making deserts now for a while and I finally started. This recipe I got from a buddy who has a subscription to Cook's Illustrated and it was spot on. The cake was spongy and rich and delicious. The awesome grocery store up the street even had Challah bread which is this sort of weaved sweet bread and you can tell it made a difference. If you've never made it please give it a shot. You will like it.
Thanks for looking everyone I hope you all have a wonderful New Years!