Jam Session        

Rhubarb—a wonderful welcoming sign that spring is indeed here. You’ve probably started seeing it in your supermarket, but for a real treat, check out your local farmers’ market for it’s ruby red stalks. While we often associate it with fruit—strawberry rhubarb pies are a classic- rhubarb is actually classified as a vegetable.

Whatever category you put it in, I’m crazy about it and you should be too. Since it appeared last week, I’ve been making muffins mostly. Now I’m moving onto jam and decided to kick off the 2010 canning season. Tempted as I was to keep it simple and showcase this tart fruit on it’s own, I decided to add in some frozen wild blueberries left from last year’s harvest. The result was a not-too-sweet jam perfect for toasted bread or warmed and spooned over Sunday brunch pancakes.

Blueberry Rhubarb Microwave Jam
makes 3 1/2 pints

12 ounces rhubarb but into ½-thick pieces
3 cups (12.75 ounces) frozen wild blueberries
3/4 cup (6 ounces) sugar
2 teaspoon Ball’s No-Sugar Pectin

  1. Add the rhubarb to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a glass microwave-safe bowl. Add blueberries and stir in sugar. Microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes, until boiling. Stir in the powdered pectin. Microwave on high for 5 more minutes, until thickened and bubbly.
  2. Transfer to a container, let cool and refrigerate for up to three weeks or process in clean, sterilized jars using a hot water bath.

          Knight Rider’s 15-Second Clip Released        

Finally the long wait is over. NBC network in America has released a 15 second clip of the upcoming remake of the 1980’s iconic television show Knight Rider. The 540 horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR is officially the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) with the artificial intelligence voice provided by Will Arnett. NBC network will air the Knight Rider TV movie at 9pm ET on February 17, 2008 Sunday.

Knight Industries Three Thousand: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR

Vehicle Type: Front engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, two-door coupe
Engine Type: Aluminum block/titanium heads 5.4-liter V8 internal combustion with Whipple supercharger and Knight Industries liquid air cycle auxiliary turbine engine. 540 hp in Hero mode. Power output can’t be measured in Attack mode.
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with infinite power band
Price New: $45.6 million, as tested
Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 1.77 seconds. Standing quarter mile: 3.87 seconds
Braking (300 to 0 mph): 12 ft.
Fuel Economy: Not testable

Special Features as KITT:

Knight Industries 2000 microprocessor: Version 2.3
Auto Cruise
Auto Pursuit
Auto Collision Avoidance
Voice Interaction
Emergency Eject
Audio/Video In-Dash Functions
Voice Analyzer
Infrared Tracking Scope
Range: 20 miles
Pyroclastic Lamination
Blood Analyzer
Microwave Jammer
Interior Oxygenator
Rocket Boosters
Olfactory Detector
Electromagnetic Field Generator
Microwave Ignition Sensor
Aquatic Synthesizer
Electronic Field Disrupter
Ultra Magnesium Charges
Ultraphonic Chemical Analyzer
Graphic Translator
Anamorphic Equalizer
DNA Analysis Equipment
Mass Spectrometer
Targeted Electromagnetic Pulse
Military-Grade GPS
Heated Seats
3D Heads-Up Display
Laser Weapons System
Holographic Projection
Keyless Entry and Ignition
Personal Safety System
Nanotech Cloaking
360-Degree Video Surveillance
Laser-Guided Missile Defense
Mini-KITT Reconnaissance Drone
24-Hour Roadside Assistance
1000-Watt Quadraphonic Stereo System
In-Seat Medical Diagnosis
Biometric Analysis