My Personal Roasted Tomato Sauce

19 09 2015

20150829_154721Late summer, it’s all about tomatoes. To see how many you can eat, how many ways you can use them, how many can you save for the chilly parts of the year when they are horrible in the store. Once you finish off the big slicers for BLT’s, the cherry tomatoes for snacking and salads (or you could be adventurous and pickle those, click here to check that out), it’s time for all those paste tomatoes to get ripe, sauce time! Here’s the thing, there are 100 ways to make sauce, for pizza, pasta, salsa…it can go on and on and on. I make one basic sauce, it’s much easier to adjust seasonings at the time of use than to make separate batches.

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The Best Garlic Dill Pickles – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 5

23 05 2015

Dill Pickles

Dill pickles. So basic, so easy, so addictive. So almost gone, at least the batches I made last summer. I have one jar left from my inaugural year of adventures in pickling and I’m not ready. It’ll months before I’ll be able to duplicate those super hot days in the kitchen in late summer, with batch after batch going in to the water bath canner.

Matt, one of my best friends in the world, has said several times now that he thinks I’m close to beating his favorite purchased dill pickles. I’d say that I’m ahead as these ones are free to him but whatever. Gotta keep trying to beat back the corporate giant and make the perfect pickle.

There really isn’t much in the way of ingredients or process here but this is the recipe that I use. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »





The Best Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

7 02 2015

Salted Caramel BarsIt’s no secret that I shy away from baking and that I’m more comfortable in the savory end of the kitchen but once in a while I’ll break out and try something for fun. Superbowl weekend seemed like a good time since we had great friends coming over. There is kind of an overload of salty sweet stuff out there nowadays but this is nice and simple with great results. You don’t need much on-hand other than thinking ahead about the salted caramel sauce itself. If you are more adventurous than I, you can certainly make your own but I bought off the shelf with great results. I hope you agree! Read the rest of this entry »





Tomato Pie – A Great Way To Finish The Season

10 10 2014

Tomato PieThis time of year, you’re likely bemoaning the end of summer and the bounty that it provides, OR, tired of  roasting, canning or freezing, OR, frantically trying to figure out what to do with the end of season goodies that this late summer has brought us. Well, I have a suggestion for the tomatoes! Try your hand at a tomato pie! You can either eat it the same day or prepare the pie and freeze it before baking to save for a slightly chillier season. It can be served as a main dish or as a side.

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Spiced Pickled Pears – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 4

1 09 2014

pearsI love fresh, in-season pears. Really, any fresh, tree/vine ripened fruit is great but we only have them for a limited time unless you’re happy with artificially ripened, no flavor cardboard fruit that we tend to import from the rest of the world so our grocery store can give us anything we want, all year long. One way we can continue to enjoy truly great local fruit is to preserve it.

This is a rather unique take on the canned pear, it takes the typical sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg type canned pear to the next level with cloves and yes, vinegar. I was skeptical when presented with these but was won over quickly after a single bite. In fact, I’m kind of hungry for them right now… Read the rest of this entry »





Amish Sweet Dill Pickles – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 3

1 09 2014

Amish Sweet DillI feel like I’m getting this pickling thing down now, some combination of water, vinegar, salt and/or sugar, garlic, dill, really whatever is sitting around that you think might taste good. There are a ton of options out there but I really like this one. A little dilly, a little sweet, a little crunchy. Hope you enjoy eating them as much as I enjoy making them. Read the rest of this entry »





Pickled Cherry Tomatoes – Adventures in Pickling Vol. 2

16 08 2014

20140810_141705As explained earlier, I have a new toy, my very own canning equipment. I love to experiment (not too hot on failing but I guess it’s part of the game) and we’re collecting a ton of cherry tomatoes every day right now so I thought why not, let’s give it a shot. If they don’t work, I’ll have just as many come off the plants again tomorrow. I’m not quite to the part of the year where I’m ready to start making sauce with our tomatoes (it’s too stinking hot to keep the stove going for that long!) so let’s pickle them! The only real trick here is to prick the tomatoes with a toothpick to prevent the skins from splitting.

Recipe and directions to follow below, hope you enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »








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