Because it has been a very busy week.
I was quite surprised to see this brand of olive oil in my small town local grocery store, and in large sizes. I may go back and buy one. A small Harps grocery store is our only choice unless you drive thirty miles. You never know what will be on the shelves. Apparently more and more people have been requesting better quality items and I often find organics even.
My favorite ingredient!
Garlic. There is nothing like crushing a fresh, really fresh, just out of the ground recently fresh, clove of garlic. These came from the garden of Mary Badiny. Beautiful.
This is where the garlic went. Into a small batch of pasta sauce. I wasn’t planning on making sauce to can today, it just sorta happened by accident. Several extra tomatoes, a serious hunger for some comfort food and an hour later this was in the steam canner.
This is my Victoria steam canner. Given to me by my mother several years ago it sure has bumped up my comfort level in the canning department. Thanks Mom!
This is Lemon Drop Pepper jam. Yes it is a little early for a flush of peppers enough to make jam. These have been in a holding cell in the freezer since last fall. When I harvested them it was so hot and I was way too tired to make any more jam, so the plan was to make jam in the dead of winter when the house could use the heat. You see how that went. I made jam on the hottest day we have had so far this summer.
Speaking of tomatoes. My five plants have only produced two tomatoes and I fried both of them while green. That was delicious! (I have been buying tomatoes from one of several local organic producers.) If you are on Facebook you will know that I posted a pic of another tomato hornworm almost this big just last week and have killed several others. I never see more than one or two every few days. They aren’t doing much damage but are they ever BIG. Anybody got a recipe for pickling these? Just kidding.
You might have also noticed this gross picture on my FB page. It looks like weird coleslaw but it’s not! It is edamame dip. One of my favorite summer lunches. Seems to be some recipe writing needed in this post but it’s not happening tonight. I will catch up in the upcoming days. Promise. Really.
I love zinnias. They are doing so well this year as Gene brought in two truck loads of goat manure and everything is growing like crazy! This was originally posted on, guess where go on try to guess, my FB page for my junk store, Booth Twenty Five. Dozens and dozens of tins have accumulated around here and it is time they headed out. So off to the booth they all go tomorrow. Isn’t that a cute vase for flowers. There is a tall narrow glass jar inside the tin so it doesn’t rust.
This is where almost all of my canning recipes come from. The exception is the Curried Bread and Butter pickles that I have copied from Marideth Sisco. Those pickles are da’ bomb! Don’t can without a copy of the Ball Blue Book.
Been collecting olive oil tins for a bit. There are more! Cut the top out with a can opener. Wash it with hot soapy water, then fill it with whatever kind of kitchen utensils for a cute wedding shower gift. Top it with a big bow.
Last but not least and with my last ounce of strength I dumped the watermelon into the kitchen sink, rinsed ‘er off and chopped away. Nothing says summer like a big yellow Tupperware bowl full of watermelon unless it is me hanging my head over the sink, watermelon juice dripping from my chin and wrists, slurping away at a few big slices.
Life is good. I hope your summer is as prosperous as mine has been. What are you canning this summer?