A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Condiments

Sungold Tomato and Basil Jam from Food in Jars

Sungold Tomato and Basil Jam from Food in Jars

I didn’t realize that I had never put this on the blog before until I started to make this jam last night. FoodInJars.com is a fabulous site, and I love the small batch recipes for canning. This is a particular favorite and one where I […]

Preserved Lemons Take 2 – David Lebovitz Version

Preserved Lemons Take 2 – David Lebovitz Version

I made the Mark Bittman quick preserved lemons awhile back, but this time I thought I would try the long version.  I had saved the link to the David Lebovitz post on Moroccan preserved lemons, which you can find here, and so I went back […]

Taco Seasoning – Gimme Some Oven

Taco Seasoning – Gimme Some Oven

I’ve made this before and never posted about it.  I don’t really make any modifications, although you can (she makes some suggestions on the recipe) so I’ll just provide the link, here. One of the nice things about making your own taco seasoning is that […]

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

I was away from my kitchen for a few weeks because Steve and I were vacationing in Costa Rica. The vacation was primarily bird-watching (my husband is the birdwatcher), but we still had to eat!  And I think that it is pretty obvious that I […]

Lemon Sage Compound Butter

Lemon Sage Compound Butter

The last compound butter I made that weekend featured sage.  I also used parsley, a shallot, and lemon zest.  The flavor on this was so amazing, I had to keep taste-testing. I had a lot going on that day, and forgot step-by-step pictures.  But, you […]

Lemon Thyme Shallot Compound Butter

Lemon Thyme Shallot Compound Butter

The next thing I made was a Lemon Thyme (as in the herb, lemon thyme) shallot butter.  I had some Lemon Thyme and thought it would make a nice mix—and I wanted a butter with a different aromatic. It was the usual—strip the leaves off […]

Lemon Oregano Compound Butter

Lemon Oregano Compound Butter

The next thing I made in my weekend of preserving the bounty of my herb pots, was Lemon Oregano Compound Butter. I made the lemon oregano butter last year, and loved using it over the winter.  It was a play on a marinade I use […]

Garlic Chive Butter

Garlic Chive Butter

This will be the first of several posts about using all the herbs from my herb pots.  It’s the end of the summer, and I will be traveling the next few weeks, so I had to take the opportunity to clear it all out and […]

Mark Bittman’s Quick Preserved Lemons

Mark Bittman’s Quick Preserved Lemons

This month the food challenge that my friends and I do is to use preserved lemons in a recipe. But first, I had to have preserved lemons.  I could buy them, but I’d either have to drive into town or order them and I had […]

Oregano, garlic, lemon compound butter

Oregano, garlic, lemon compound butter

The herbs I harvested from my summer herb pot have lasted for months, but I really needed to do something with them. One of the big bunches remaining was oregano. One of my favorite marinades for grilled thick porkchops is oregano, lemon juice, garlic, salt, […]