Recipe: Preserve Tomatoes the Easy Way

 Tomatoes smell exactly like summer sunshine.  After years of eating anemic, mealy tomatoes from the grocery store, I was blissfully surprised when I first grew my own in college.  I love the heft of a sun-ripened heirloom about ready to burst with all that sweetness and warmth....more

Fall in the Back Yard

Our yard sways gracefully between the seasons. It is a wonderful spot for entertaining and it is very sad when we are finally pushed inside for the winter. As we move into fall, the heaters and fire pits have assumed their position on the patio and summers toys are put away. The garden will soon go to sleep. The peppers and eggplants are the last holdouts and they are beginning to tire. We will miss fresh tomatoes, the scent of the basil and the zucchini with it’s glorious blossoms....more

Canning Chickpeas

Canning  chickpeas yourself yields a superior product and opens the door to creating unique flavors not found in common grocery store cans of chickpeas. ...more

How to Make Redbud Jelly

Redbud blooming season has almost passed in Oklahoma, but the opportunity to make delicate, floral jelly happens every year. These easy step by step instructions, plus a few common questions and answers should help guide you through the process easily.  Once you're finished, stand back and admire your stock of unique gifts for friends, or delicious wares for your pantry....more

Canning Springtime

I moved in with my extended family in 2012 after my mother died very suddenly from a heart attack. I was in between jobs and my family hoped that I would help care for my Grandmother. I agreed to help out for a few months and moved in to what had been my Mother's bedroom in my Aunt's house.From the beginning, I had big shoes to fill. I was responsible for preparing dinner for 6-9 people. I didn't mind this, I enjoy cooking so I threw myself into the project with a gusto....more

Old-Fashioned Cherry Chutney Recipe

Capture the rich flavor of sweet cherries with this old-fashioned chutney. With a combination of cherries, apples, onions, sugar, and spices, this chutney pairs wonderfully with roasted meats. It's also delicious on homemade biscuits....more

Sweet Pumpkin Pickles Recipe

Pumpkin pickles are sweet, warmly spiced, and have a beautiful golden-orange color. They make a lovely addition to the dinner table.They are also gift worthy, so you may want to reserve a jar for someone special.~ Sweet Pumpkin Pickles ~...more

6 Things to Do With End-of-Summer Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? Here's a rundown of ways to put up your maters, from basic canned tomatoes to salsa, ketchup and more.  1. CANNING TOMATOES ...more
Definitely! Don't forget diced and stewed tomatoes freeze and can beautifully!more

Leanne’s Canning Adventures: Pickles

Okay so I may have gone a little overboard on the Okanagan fruit and vegetable shopping on my way back from BC last week.I couldn’t help myself. I had a rented car with loads of extra space and the fruit and veggie stands were calling my name....more