Making canned tomatoes is something families remember years later. Home-canned tomatoes have been a tradition for many generations. In the middle of the winter, you can use the tomatoes to make a fresh spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, or other tomato-based meals for that fresh garden taste.
My son goes through a quart of pasta sauce a week, that’s 52 jars a year and that doesn’t include the other times I need canned tomat...more
There's something about the month of September. It beckons sweaters and tall boots, fills the nose with the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and newly opened crayons. There's something about the flip of the calendar that affects the tastebuds too; that makes us crave comfort foodsapples, pumpkin, filling soups, and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles....more
This time of year is always bittersweet. On one hand there's a veritable cornucopia of fresh produce with which to create. On the other hand, there's no surer sign the end of the growing season is nigh, than the bounty that is everything coming ripe at once....more
They lay there, like a blob of rectangle jelly beans that had lost their sugar coating. Filling a Mason jar two-thirds full, someone asked me, "Would you like some watermelon rind preserves? They're SO good."I'm not sure if I answered, but I do know that I was either forced by social protocols, or curious enough, to take one bite."Icky!!" I screamed inside my head."I don't care for any more, thank you," I managed to say out loud.That was about forty years ago. So this past weekend, I tried again....more
When it comes to tomatoes the canning possibilities are endless. Beyond the basic canned tomatoes in juice or water, there are tomatoes with peppers, those canned with garlic and basil, sauces and condimentssalsas, ketchups, barbecue, pizza and spaghetti sauce. One family could, if they’re like ours, eat a whole field of tomatoeseven if it's a small oneeach year. And we almost do.
It's 105 outside today. I'm hot. Crabby. I can't afford the olive bar any longer because I will not spend the rest of my life here, a slave to jobs and location. But it's mind-meltingly hot out and all I want is something cold that explodes with vinegar. You know how we fix this ornery mood? We pickle!...more
I had a craving for a tuna fish sandwich for lunch today which led me to my basement to grab a jar of my sweet pickle relish. I love my homemade relish. I learned how to make it last year and I don't even know how many jars I have gone through, but it's been a lot. I find excuses to use it. It is that good. I promise. ...more
Of all the vegetables we grow, the garden area dedicated to green beans is bested only by that afforded tomatoes. We’re partial to Blue Lake bush beans, a variety with compact growth and impressive yield, but there are many suitable typesboth bush and poleon the market. Contender is another that many home gardeners swear by. Of course, whatever is growing at your local u-pick or gracing the tables of your nearest farm market will work....more
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