A Very Berry Good Time

Summers are always hectic and it’s been a while since we went berry picking.  Strawberries were numero uno on my list this summer but, alas, strawberry season came and went without us picking any (but the few meager ones from our own bed).

I was determined to not miss the rest of the berry seasons.

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Spiced Apple Beer Jelly

Did the summer fruit season pass you by? Do you need a quick and unusual gift for your beer snob? Heck, need a gift for anyone that loves deliciousness? You don’t need any summer fruit for this jelly…just beer and apple cider. . . . → Read More: Spiced Apple Beer Jelly

Blueberry Bonanaza

Another two-fer today: Blueberry Syrup and Blueberry Butter from the same recipe. . . . → Read More: Blueberry Bonanaza

Drying Cherries

During a recent Cook the Books foray into Robin Mather’s The Feast Nearby, I had earmarked many, many recipes to try during the growing season.

One of these recipes (or rather a “How To” guide) was dehydrating cherries.

I love dried cherries and can snack on them often.   I love baking recipes that call for . . . → Read More: Drying Cherries

Oktoberfest Beer Mustard with Charcuterie for #10DaysofTailgate

Can up some beer mustard for gifts (or your next tailgate). . . . → Read More: Oktoberfest Beer Mustard with Charcuterie for #10DaysofTailgate

Tomato Jam

We are picking tomatoes daily.   Be prepared, dear reader, for lots of tomato recipe.

I am going to start out with the best one ever:   Tomato Jam.   If you have a garden, visit farmers markets,  or belong to a CSA, you must have this book:   The Preservation Kitchen by Paul . . . → Read More: Tomato Jam

Sweet Sriracha Pickles

I was inspired by pickled dirt.

Truly.   I pickled some chard stems a while back and my mother assessed that they tasted like “pickled dirt.”

OK, so the pickled chard was an acquired taste but that pickling liquid was da’ bomb!   I made up some of this sweet-hot brine and threw in . . . → Read More: Sweet Sriracha Pickles

Canning Round-Up

Here’s a round-up of what’s been canned and preserved at EE plus you cannot live without this book…. . . . → Read More: Canning Round-Up

Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

What happens when you plant excess dill for the pollinators and black swallow caterpillars?

You have a boatload of dill to harvest and you make pickles.

What happens when your beautiful and loaded Roma cherry tomato plant mysteriously gets the roots eaten?   (Thank you so much  little pocket gopher.)

You dry your tears and . . . → Read More: Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

Sriracha Swiss Chard Pickles

Another Swiss chard recipe today and and I thought this one would be a  keeper.  Who doesn’t love pickles?   Who doesn’t love Sriracha?   Who doesn’t love Swiss chard?

OK, there may be a few out there who don’t care for the beautiful leafy stuff or the spicy Asian condiment, but let me tell you,  . . . → Read More: Sriracha Swiss Chard Pickles