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Preservation & Canning

First Pickles of the year

All the cucumbers I’ve been picking finally met their  destiny.

This isn’t all of them, just the most recent pick. From the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, here’s the recipe:   …
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Tomato Eggplant Ragu over Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
10 years ago

Tomato Eggplant Ragu over Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Meatless Monday dish. So hopefully I can make up for it with this simple yet elegant  dish.

Last summer I put …
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Sweet Pickled Jalapenos – Cowboy Candy
11 years ago

Sweet Pickled Jalapenos – Cowboy Candy

I saw this recipe over at http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/. The site over there is fantastic, please go check out her witty postings and fantastic food!  What a great idea, I have to try it!  …
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Giardiniera by the numbers
11 years ago

Giardiniera by the numbers

If you’ve ever had an Italian beef sandwich in the Chicago area, chances are you had Giardiniera on it. Giardiniera is a mixture of garden veggies, diced small, pickled in …
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Dehydrating Apples

We’re still putting up apples, aand thought it was time to try out the dehydrator.

Here’s the setup. Dilute lemon juice, apples, peeler.

The peeler certainly makes short work of the …
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Canned Apple Pie Filling

We got all those apples last week. We’ve done apple butter, now we’ll do Apple Pie Filling.

This recipe is from allrecipes.com

Ingredients: 4 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup …
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An abundance of Basil!

I had just finished putting the hoop house up for a late season crop of lettuce. In order to do so, I had to harvest the “last” of the basil.


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Apple Butter – a taste of autumn preserved!
11 years ago

Apple Butter – a taste of autumn preserved!

Yesterday the DW and I went out to an apple orchard to walk around, get some apples, and some apple cider donuts. The doughnuts were sublime, light, fluffy and warm, …
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Water Packed Tomatoes

My wife, bless her, subtly suggested I use some of the tomatoes not for salsa, or tomato sauce, but rather for packed tomatoes. I agree, they will be perfect for …
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