• Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-Organizing and Decluttering

      Happy Friday to you. The weather took a downward turn and it looks like winter is back. I guess last week’s 60 degree temperature spoiled me and I have to face up to reality. Roll on spring and summer.   Speaking of which… Getting Ready for Canning Season I’ve been on a decluttering and organizing binge. One of the areas in the basement that was in most disarray was the section where I keep all my canning jars and equipment. After searching online for some ideas, I stumbled upon an item called a Jar Box that’s not only a way to organize your canning jars, but keeps dust, dirt…and…

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    Friday Round Up-Longing for Summer Foods

    Half way through a season whether it’s winter or summer, I feel the need to eat something entirely different to the usual fare. In summer, I often long for soups and stews. With winter it’s a salad or something light. This afternoon I came up with something that’s a little of both, a noodle salad with some typically winter veggies plus, a summer staple, cucumber. I think it will make a perfect Meatless Monday treat in the coming weeks. Change in Shopping Style Speaking of cooking, most of you know I’m the short of shopper who puts together a menus based on what I know is in season, and therefore…

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    Preserving Food Saves Money and it’s not all about canning

    One thing I love about summer is going to the store and picking up bargains that I can preserve for later use when prices go up (as we all know they will). While I do lots of canning there are other ways I put these items to good use- One way is my drying it and yes, I’ll give a little shameless promotion here. I co-authored a book called The Essential Dehydrator and while some of its focus is on how to dry foods, it contains lots of gourmet recipes using dried foods. Just this week I dried six pounds of onions and the thing I like best is I…

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    The CSA Box Week 8-Beating the Heat…Preserving the Harvest

    More good stuff in Week 8 including- Sweet corn, cucumbers, white onions, red potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, red slicer tomatoes, mixed heirloom tomatoes and cauliflower. You already saw how I used the eggplant and heirloom tomatoes.  I also stumbled upon another great combo for sandwiches. It was something I never would have thought of but gave it a try. I had some leftover grilled eggplant, some avocadoes that I bought on sale, and some leftover feta cheese crumbles. I made a sandwich by using mashed avocado instead of mayo, putting the eggplant slices on the top and then topping that with the cheese. I have to say it was a great combination…

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    CSA Box-Week 7

    I found lots of goodies in the CSA box last week including- Beets, parsley, cherry tomatoes, red slicer tomatoes, carrots, onions, potatoes, broccoli and Asian eggplant. Parsley, I dried this as soon as I got it home. The flat leaf variety is one of the best for drying and it only takes about an hour or so in my dehydrator. You saw the dish I made using the broccoli. I usually just serve it as a side dish but it’s shown me a whole new way of cooking with it. It’s also a good example of when things get too routine and yes, boring when you’re on a budget, search…

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    The CSA Box-Week 6

    Week 6 had lots of goodies including carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, hot peppers, tomatoes, dill, basil, chard, leaf lettuce and garlic. One thing I’m learning is there are so many varieties of each vegetable. I also didn’t know vegetables like chard are available in the summer and also the fall. A valubable lesson I’ve learned is that once herbs are cut they don’t last long…or at least they don’t when it’s hot and humid. I tried putting them in the fridge or placing them in water like you would flowers but some don’t survive either method. Now I dry them as soon as I bring them home using my dehydrator…more about this in…

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    Sites to Check Out

    Some days time slips away from me when I get online checking out sites that I think are worthwhile visiting again or bookmarking. Here are some I found in the last couple of months that I thought I’d share with you- Storing Food for Future Meals   This summer I’ve been buying extra produce and making time to freeze or dry it. Sometimes knowing how to freeze a vegetable is easy, other times I haven’t a clue. I’ve known about this site for awhile but didn’t realize they also offered tips, videos, you name it pn how to preserve food. This link takes you to how to freeze eggplant which is…