Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
pizza night each weekend and that means we regularly use pizza sauce. Since it is a goal of mine to make as much as possible from scratch without completely compromising my sanity - some would say that it's questionable that I haven't already done so ;-) - I decided to can some homemade pizza sauce this year. I found this recipe to use as a guide and made several batches of sauce to put by.
I cooked some tomatoes and then ran them through my tomato press to get rid of the skins and most of the seeds. Then I added that to some sauteed onions and garlic.
I added the spices I wanted to use and let it simmer.
And simmer, until finally it was done.I did find that I had to simmer it for an awfully long time to get it to the thickness that I wanted. It had me remembering how long it took to get last year's homemade catsup thickened. When it was finally thick enough I put it in jars with a bit of lemon juice and then processed them in the hot water bath. They've been tucked away in the coldroom and will be there to use on our pizza nights throughout the winter. Delicious...plus I was able to use up a LOT of my tomato surplus.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And...it was as delicious as I had hoped it would be.
I just cut up the sweet potatoes and drizzled them in olive oil and spices then mixed them up and put them (single layer) on a baking sheet. Baked them at 450 for about 20-25 minutes and snapped a photo quickly before they were gobbled up.
Friday, October 15, 2010
I realize it is Friday and not Thursday but my computer was not cooperating with my thrifting post yesterday and so...can we just pretend it is Thrifty Thursday?
I got this at the thrift store some time ago but didn't get around to sharing it here. I've found several pyrex goodies lately that I've brought home and so when I found this I started to talk myself out of buying it. Thankfully my oldest son (who loves everything 70s) brought me to my senses by telling me I "needed" it because it had a sunflower on it. Such a smart fellah, he is. ;-)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I LOVE getting unsprayed apples because then I feel no need to peel them before making sauce, I just quarter them, cook them up and then run them through this mill.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We've tomatoes at every stage of ripeness and lots more in the garden to pick. We've been very lucky to not have frost in the town garden yet.
These are for making green tomato mincemeat which my boys discovered they love last year.
We're still finding new recipes and new ways of serving tomatoes and zucchini - staples of almost every meal still.
So much to be thankful for! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This was my first year growing sweet potatoes - Georgia Jet sweet potatoes. I love the leap of faith that gardening involves - plopping plants or seeds in the ground and just trusting that they will magically turn into food. Someday. Somehow. I've yet to be disappointed and even if we hadn't ended up with sweet potatoes just seeing the abundance of glossy green vine and these gorgeous blooms would have made growing sweet potatoes worth the while for me. But...
we did end up with sweet potatoes.
Lots and lots of sweet potatoes.
Now I just need to find some more sweet potato recipes...and I do think it is well past time that I try sweet potato pie.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
stewed tomatoes for the freezer I don't do as many jars of regular canned. Although, it would be tragic to run out...
I hope you're enjoying getting some summertime goodness tucked away for winter too.
Monday, October 4, 2010
There is always such a flurry of productive activity at this time of year as I work to get our winter stores of food put away. I thought I'd share some of our food squirreling here. Last year I used all the peaches for peach butter and didn't can any plain ones, E was very disappointed so I made sure to can a batch of peaches for him this year.
I've got a tray of nettle seeds drying for my nettle seed salt.
We keep picking tomatoes to enjoy fresh and to preserve. I also tried making my own pizza sauce to can for the first time.
We've got our supply of squash brought in - all the better to make roasted squash bisque.
I was pleased to find a delicious way to use up eggplant. I did mean to actually use this as pesto but when I was taste testing it I realized it was so tasty that we ended up eating it all on rice crackers for a snack.
I also made sure to dig up and bring in some herbs last week to make sure I have a fresh supply to go with all the ones I have drying.
And so I think I'm mostly caught up and am now just canning the tomatoes as they ripen. The forecast is calling for risk of frost so we'll be picking a lot of the tomatoes in our town garden today and bringing them home to ripen.