When I was growing up, I remember many afternoons of sitting on the porch steps with a canning kettle full of steaming beets, peeling off their slippery skins to get them ready for pickling. Although they been cooked, drained and covered in cold water, they could still hold a lot of heat, so tender fingers needed to toughen up in a hurry. (My boys still squawk about how hot I keep the dishwater. I think they need to peel more beets.) Soon the canning shelves would be filled with jewel-like red jars. There was always a jar of pickled beets in the fridge on hand for meals, and for the holidays they’d be served up in a fancy crystal dish. Mom always canned up a big mess of beets each year, but I rarely made pickled beets since no one in the house would eat them except me. Fast forward, and my eldest son has decided that he now enjoys pickled beets. Given that he’s built like a linebacker, he can go through quite a few of them, so I figured it was time to dig out the pickling spice. Here’s momma’s recipe. It’s similar to the Ball Blue Book “Beet Pickles”, but just a little simpler on the spices. [Read more...]
If you’ve been watching the reports about an unusually strong respiratory virus sweeping across the U.S. and looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.
I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice. Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs.
These are not made from the prepackaged gelatin dessert. The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative. [Read more...]
Overwhelmed by zucchini or summer squash? Make some zucchini gummy candy! I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer. So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using fruit juice concentrate. It worked out great!
Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe
If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively. Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life. Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.
Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking
Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more...]
Here’s a tasty cookie recipe that’s loaded with fiber and healthy fats, plus it uses no refined sugar. Best of all, it’s delicious! You just might be tempted to have these for breakfast instead of dessert, especially if you’re a granola lover.
I always hated tossing the leftover raspberry puree/pulp when I made raspberry jelly or a smooth raspberry sauce. The Berry Health Benefit Network states that “The oil from raspberry seeds is rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids”. Can’t let something like that end up in the compost! I save and freeze my raspberry pulp in 1/2 cup packages for this recipe. You could also substitute 1/2 cup crushed raspberries and add a bit more flour, or use freeze dried raspberries, or use raspberries that had been frozen, thawed and drained. The original recipe I adapted suggested sesame seeds or flax seeds, but I really like the “extra something” that raspberries add to the flavor. [Read more...]