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"A-feared" of Fudge 
 
Nov. 9, 2011 11:18 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2011 12:23 pm
If you know crazycook at all, you'll be aware that I'm up to trying just about anything... at least once!  All of my adult life, I've heard that the making of fudge can be plagued by many issues... and now, since becoming a cooking "nut," I'm still afraid to try to make FUDGE!

Well, I've been looking here at AR at recipes for fudge, many of which call for marshmallows, or the cream version... somehow, that just doesn't seem like "fudge" to me.  BUT, what do I know?  I've never tried to make any... EVER!! 

Just within the past few days, I've found two recipes that sound so simple, I have begun to question "what can go wrong?"  I'm in hopes that, if I get my act (or a$$) in gear early enough, I just might attempt yet another first!  However, I also want to make a cheesecake, and a small pot of soup...  Next letter of the alphabet is "D" and I think I've found a recipe that I might just enjoy eating!  So, my day tomorrow unless derailed in some way, will be spent in the kitchen... but on the other hand, one of these days I'm going to have to become motivated enough to get out and do some shopping!

So, if all goes well, I'll make a cheesecake, a batch of chocolate fudge, and "Dumpling" soup...  Somehow, I doubt the soup will be ready for lunch, but I just might be able to pass it off as "stew" and serve it for dinner...  You must recall that J does not eat "soup!" but I might get away with serving "stew" for dinner! 

So, wish me well for my Thursday!  I will of course return to share my experiences... but once again, I REALLY need to find a source of motivation to walk out the front door, shopping list in hand... 

I've wanted for 2 weeks to get to a nursery to get plants... need some flowers around Casa de Crazy to brighten things up a bit, and as I've been using up my supplies, pantry and freezer both need to be fed before we end up eating toast and water!

Till tomorrow, be healthy, be happy, and be crazy!
 
Comments
Nov. 10, 2011 3:19 am
One thing I've always heard about making fudge is it won't "set" in high humidity or rain. I've made fudge a time or two, and my favorite recipe is the one with marshmallow cream. The first time I ever made fudge I was about 10 years old and a friend and I were attempting peanut butter fudge. It never set, in fact it remained like soup. That didn't deter us, we simply put it over ice cream and declared it the best peanut butter fudge ice cream topping ever! Good luck and let us know how it goes.
 
judy 
Nov. 10, 2011 4:02 am
good morning Stevie,your dumpling soup will be super good i bet, on the fudge making as you know i make a very large amount every year, i give it to all the kids in my life, i make chocolate (about 20lbs) and then peanut butter fudge ( about 30 lbs ) more like pb like mother Ann said the rain or humidity does mess it up...so pick your day and go for it,i know you can make fudge, look at all the other things you make thats way harder, later friend
 
Nov. 10, 2011 6:06 am
Hiya Steve. For as far back as I can remember, I've been something of a sugar freak. Growing up frugally, my very favorite thing that my mother made was her fudge. So much so that early on after I left home at 16, I called my mom and asked her how she made it. She directed me to an old 5 roses cookbook that had a pretty close approximation of her recipe and off I went. I had a few mishaps early, not as many as you might imagine, dumb luck has its merits at times but over the years I'd encounter the odd batch that would simply not turn out. Being somewhat inquisitive and having me an enduring love of fudge, I set out to discover why my fudge sometimes went south. I found out. If you go to my recipe box, I posted something of a treatise on fudgemaking there, a recipe titled Chocolate Fudge by Dad. My kids all wanted a copy of my digital recipe files and made sure to tell me to include my fudgemaking tips, thusly the title and the effort. My fudge is a standard cooked sugar fudge, nothing involving marshmallows or icing sugar can even come close to the sheer luxury of a properly made sugar fudge. Nothing. This is perhaps the one area in cooking where I am 100% confident of my own expertise. Yeah, fudge, kinda sad really...
 
covergirl 
Nov. 10, 2011 6:33 am
I remember as a girl, so many years ago!!, we made fudge, no marshmallows. I recall the hardest part was beating the cooked fudge with a wooden spoon and then when it was just right, stirring in the walnuts. Always turned out into a heavily buttered pyrex square dish. Oh so good. Good luck.
 
Nov. 10, 2011 9:41 am
M/A and Judy... guess can't get much "dryer" humidity than out here in the desert! (Currently: 10:30am, 19% humid. and 68F) I'll let ya know how it goes... be well!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 9:43 am
Rae, thanks for all the tips! I'll check "you" out before I get started! I'm drooling out the side of my mouth! Be well, Rae!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 9:45 am
Covergirl, lets hope these bony arms of mine are up for the challenge! I read a bit last night about beating the "carp" out of it with wooden spoon... then I "slumped." Arms already tired! Be well, and I'll be back later!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 10:13 am
I've never made fudge, Stevie. However, I remember an event when my older brother (the fudge maker) was too lazy to wash the two quart pan ans so used the one quart because "it looked big enough". The result, of course, was a sugar fire when the pan boiled over. The chaos that followed resulted in a lost stove burner and a lost pan as well as a charred spot in the linoleum. Be safe, my crazy friend!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 10:27 am
I can't eat it because it is too much sugar for me, but In Ocean city New Jersey On The Board Walk You Can Buy All Kinds Of Fudge. When I was A Kid I would go to Copper Kettle fudge buy a pound, and eat it in one day, Peanut Butter was my favorate.
 
Nov. 10, 2011 10:40 am
Shorecook has a wonderful maple fudge recipe. It is based on the type sold at the Jersey shore (and famous on the East coast) I believe it is call "Boardwalk Quality Maple Fudge." I only attempted it once and it wasn't pretty. Happy cooking!
 
judy 
Nov. 10, 2011 10:44 am
stevie you can beat it with your mixer...works good for us tired cooks...lol
 
Nov. 10, 2011 11:40 am
I've made fudge once... nuff said! It was exhausting too rich for my taste... my hubby loves it... It's just easier to buy it! However that dumpling soup sounds awesome... any chance of gettin' the recipe? Be well my crazy friend!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 12:16 pm
Mike, ya make me chuckle... as luck would have it, I've never (yet) caught a pan on fire - or worse! I did almost catch Rose's kitchen on fire once... thankfully she's pretty cool headed - dropped the burning styrofoam into sink & doused it! I went sreaming into the back yard! lol!!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 12:17 pm
King, I probably should watch what I eat better... sugar shock doesn't sound like fun! Growing up in MI, my downfall was maple sugar!
 
Nov. 10, 2011 12:21 pm
BSM and Judy, thanks for the support...! We'll see about this sometime soon! Terry, I'll write a post soon re: dumpling soup.
 
Nov. 11, 2011 12:23 pm
I have some maple syrup from canada in the cupboard for the past two years. I just don't eat sweets too much. I did buy some Sugar daddy's recently, I had two, and had two headaches.
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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