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  1. Rum balls: take a half cup of rum. Squeeze hands into balls. Repeat as necessary.

    Comment by Nomen Nescio — December 14, 2016 @ 9:59 am

  2. Sorry, can’t help ya, Claire.
    All’s I can legitimately cook cook is no-knead bread
    and omelets and fried potatoes/hashbrowns in a cast-iron skillet.
    The rest is all assemble, broil, or nuke.

    Good to hear you’re expanding your horizons and self-identifying as a lefty.

    Comment by DougM (stand down the SMOD watch) — December 14, 2016 @ 10:44 am

  3. Homemade Kahlua

    8c Sugar
    10 c Coffee (Strong)
    ½ gallon Triple distilled vodka (potters)
    1/5 Brandy
    2Tbsp Vanilla

    Combine sugar and coffee until sugar is dissolved. Add alcohol.

    Comment by Paladin — December 14, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  4. Jack Daniels Fudge
    (Passed on by one Mrs. Dare Kibbel, who has since passed on.)

    4 ½ c sugar
    1 tall can of evaporated milk
    Boil to a soft ball stage

    In a large pan combine:
    1 lb marshmallow crème
    3 large bags of chocolate chips
    2 ½ lb Hershey bars
    1 lb chopped walnuts
    1 lb melted butter

    Pour boiling sugar mixture over the above and stir until all chocolate is melted and well blended. (It doesn’t seem like it will, but it will.)

    Add 1 ½ cup Jack Daniels and mix well.

    Pour into large flat pan and chill.

    Comment by Paladin — December 14, 2016 @ 11:38 am

  5. Egg Nog

    6 eggs, separated*
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 cups heavy cream
    8 cups milk
    1 cup Rum
    1 tablespoon vanilla

    In a bowl beat the egg yolks with the 1/2 cup of sugar until thick.

    In another bowl beat the egg whites with 1/4 cup of sugar until thick

    In a third bowl beat the cream until thick.

    Add the cream to the yolks, fold in.

    Add the egg whites, fold in.

    Add the milk, rum, vanilla, and a pinch of nutmeg, if desired. Chill in freezer before serving.

    Comment by Paladin — December 14, 2016 @ 11:40 am

  6. If it’s osteo and not rheuma, try this:….0…1ac.1.64.img..0.8.910.vdXQsnzhun4

    I’ve always been skeptical the benefits of ointments and salves and other externally applied stuff, but I got noticeable relief from the gel. The patches might be better on a thumb. Haven’t tried that. I’ve just learned to live with the OA in both my thumbs. Gets so bad at times that I’ll try to grab somethin, involuntarily yelp in pain, and then check to see if I’ve peed down my leg.

    It doesn’t fix anything, just reduces the discomfort for a few hours. I’ve had chronic frozen shoulder (impingement type) for about 15 years and got no satisfaction from any of the standard stuff (BenGay, IcyHot, Flex-All) and barely noticeable improvement with Absorbine (basically horse liniment). The Voltaren took it down from J.H.F.C.!! to a simple lower-case “argh.”

    It DOES have some interaction with other medications, so if you’re on anything strong, check with your doc if you intend to use it on a reg’lar basis.

    FWIW, large doses of aspirin (as in Bayer Back & Body) seem to help some, too, but over time that stuff’ll rot your liver.

    Comment by bocopro — December 14, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

  7. Yay, Cookies!

    Claire, I remember in high school playing half a season of volleyball with both thumbs in splints. I became a good fingertip setter but never cooked much then. They all sound good — email me some to taste, after the candied orange peel. ;-)

    Paladin, those all sound great, too. I will be shopping and preparing some this afternoon. . .

    This is almost as good as a Maxim post.
    (hmm. combinations?)

    Comment by mech — December 14, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

  8. Cutting waaaay back on coffee and sugar has really helped my arthritis a bunch…

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan — December 14, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

  9. So who here weighs their flour like the Euros? I have wanted to start ( baking is science afterall ) but think the potential inaccuracy of a normal kitchen scale wouldn’t make much of a diff.

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan — December 14, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

  10. ^^^bocopro – but over time that stuff’ll rot your liver.
    or eat a hole in your stomach. BTDT after five years of daily OA meds.
    After that, Doc said I’m off NSAIDs forever. Now I just endure it.

    I come by my OA honestly, I know of it in four generations of family. My g-grandmother knitted continuously to ease her hand pain and keep her fingers mobile. Taking a cue from her, I found it helps to avoid impact, and gently use the affected joint as often and as much as possible. Stasis really brings the pain when I start moving again.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — December 14, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

  11. DM – I’m gonna try that!
    Paladin — yummmm, Yummmmm, and Oh Yummmm!
    bocopro — I’ll give that a try… Thanks.

    Mech — Next Year on that orange peel. fer sure!

    SK — always weigh my ingredients. It’s much less fussy than the volume methods. [and gets better results.] A simple digital scale for about $20 has done me well for …gee… a decade now. It gets kinda wonky lately [turn off-turn back on] [might need to invest another $20..] but otoh, it’s only had a change of batteries once. [make sure to get one with a "tare" or reset to zero!]

    Try measuring out 3 cups of flour into 3 separate bowls, then weigh each. That’s what convinced me to start weighing! ; >
    Dick — good to know… I was mourning the loss of hand sewing / embroidery but maybeee, just maybeee, after this acute phase *crosses fingers* *ow*
    and yeah — I can’t handle the Advil stuffs anymore without 3-5 Prelief*. Bufferin is still good!

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — December 14, 2016 @ 11:59 pm

  12. I’ve never tried weighing ingredients while baking. Measuring cups have always worked well for me. With breads especially, I go for consistency of the mix.

    And then I have some recipes like the JD fudge. “1 tall can”? “2 large bags”?? Meh, it works.

    Comment by Paladin — December 15, 2016 @ 7:47 am

  13. Coookieees…

    Comment by DougM (stand down the SMOD watch) — December 15, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

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