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.

Preserving

Preserving Lemongrass

Preserving Lemongrass

Whew!  This is the last of the preserving herbs posts.   The lemon grass in my herb pots did really well this summer.  I knew that the white part would freeze well for later use, but a foodie friend suggested making lemongrass tea, and freezing […]

Putting Dried Thyme and Fennel in Jars

Putting Dried Thyme and Fennel in Jars

Our CSA also gives us a variety of herbs as part of our weekly shares. We got quite a bit of thyme this year, so I hung up one bundle to dry.  I like fresh thyme, but couldn’t use up quite as much as we […]

Preserving Flavor for the Winter – Two Tomato Sauces Plus FrozenTomatoes

Preserving Flavor for the Winter – Two Tomato Sauces Plus FrozenTomatoes

I’ve already canned a bunch of straight up tomato sauce, but I wanted to make a few complete sauces as well. My CSA sells bulk produce to its members along with the shares, so last week I got 10 pounds of tomato seconds.  I had […]

Canning Tomato Sauce

Canning Tomato Sauce

Home canned tomato sauce is so good, and it is a LOT of work.  Still, I was out (I thought) and wanted to can some more this year. My normal source wasn’t sure they could come through, so I ended up buying 50 lbs of […]

Gram Ettlin’s Dill Pickles

Gram Ettlin’s Dill Pickles

Gramma Ettlin really wasn’t my grandma, but we all called her Gram Ettlin.  She wasn’t a round, roly-poly, pink-cheeked type–in fact she was tiny and wiry and had the energy of ten men. And she could cook. And I was smart enough to get her […]

Prepping Veggies

Prepping Veggies

What happened in my kitchen today did not involve cooking. In less than a week we leave for 2 weeks.  I had a produce drawer and pantry full of veggies.  No one wants to toss spoiled produce.  And in the past I have given anything […]

Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

Edited to update photos 2/19/18 I couldn’t remember if I had posted about caramelized onions before.  But when I found that I had, I also found that the pictures were awful, and since I took pictures through the process yesterday, I decided I would update […]

Now for some Roasted Red Peppers!

Now for some Roasted Red Peppers!

I also had a bunch of red peppers.  These were the horn peppers though, not the red bell peppers, so I wasn’t sure about roasting them. I knew that I wouldn’t get to eat them all before some started going bad so I decided to […]

It’s all about preserving today – Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

It’s all about preserving today – Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

The veggie drawer was overflowing again and I went into full preservation mode today so they wouldn’t go to waste. I had a bag of tomatoes last week from my CSA.  Some were larger and I made BLTs.  A few were medium, and I will […]

Candied Jalapeños – Yes Please

Candied Jalapeños – Yes Please

A specialty store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas handed out crackers with cream cheese and a candied jalapeño  on top. I bought a jar (of course) because it was delicious!  So then I had to make my own.  Lots of searching brought me to this recipe […]