9.27.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #9


Welcome to this week's Eat Make Grow Blog Hop where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses. Eat Make Grow is a collective link party that is shared across three blogs and runs every Thursday-Tuesday. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all three sites! Eat Make Grow is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe. We want to learn about it! Every week, we will feature the most popular link, and one chosen by the the host. This week, your host is Miranda!

Your Hosts 
Miranda from Pocket Pause

9.23.2012

How to Freeze Sweet and Hot Peppers


Can you say "bumper crop of peppers"?  Yes, 2012 was the summer of the pepper.  I harvested this lovely half bushel of peppers at Hawkins Farm.  It's mostly wrinkly ones or ones with holes or other issues. The kind that aren't nice enough to go in the shares.  And even after I picked these guys there were still tons more.  Every plant of bell peppers has at least 10 peppers in various stages of development.  The banana and hot peppers easily have twice that many.  I hadn't wanted to freeze peppers.  They weren't in my Plan to Preserve.  But since they are prolific this year, I added them to my list.  

9.20.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #8


Welcome to this week's Eat Make Grow Blog Hop where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses. Eat Make Grow is a collective link party that is shared across three blogs and runs every Thursday-Tuesday. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all three sites! Eat Make Grow is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe. We want to learn about it! Every week, we will feature the most popular link, and one chosen by the the host. This week, your host is Marigold!

Your Hosts 
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
Foy from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. 
Miranda from Pocket Pause

9.19.2012

Harvest Time

Sophie and Josh have been leading the charge this September for both the CSA vegetables and animals.

Harvest season is in full swing.  I have a peck of peppers in the garage, a bushel of apples in the laundry room, tomatoes simmering on the stove, tomatoes in the dehydrator and the ingredients for salsa just waiting their turn in the boiling water canner.  Oh and a herd of fruit flies multiplying on the kitchen counter.

Here's what the truck at Hawkin's farm looked like this morning as we prepared to divide the vegetable shares.  Those squiggly light green squash on the right are 'Rampicantes'.  We decided they look like undiscovered creatures living in the deepest darkest part of the ocean.

Coming soon, I'll share some of these recipes for how I am preserving all this biomass, but right now I just need to keep slicing, stewing and freezing.

In the mean time here are a few timely posts:



What's going on in your kitchen and garden this week?

9.13.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #7


Welcome to this week's Eat Make Grow Blog Hop where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses. Eat Make Grow is a collective link party that is shared across three blogs and runs every Thursday-Tuesday. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all three sites! Eat Make Grow is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe. We want to learn about it! Every week, we will feature the most popular link, and one chosen by the the host. This week, your host is Foy.

Your Hosts 
Foy from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. 
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
Miranda from Pocket Pause

9.10.2012

How to Juice Grapes for Jelly


I help out a little at Hawkin's Family Farm.  I put my horticulture knowledge to work at their CSA in exchange for some chemical free fruits and veggies.  This September I asked if I could pick some of their lovely grapes.  

9.06.2012

Eat Make Grow Thursday Blog Hop #6


Welcome to this week's Eat Make Grow Blog Hop where you share what you have been eating with your family, growing in your garden or making with all your creative impulses. Eat Make Grow is a collective link party that is shared across three blogs and runs every Thursday-Tuesday. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all three sites! Eat Make Grow is a way to share with many people posts about your domestic doings, whether that’s growing veggies, hosting parties, sewing, mixing up cleaning supplies, or trying out a new recipe. We want to learn about it! Every week, we will feature the most popular link, and one chosen by the the host. This week, your host is Miranda (me!)

Your Hosts
Miranda from Pocket Pause
Foy from Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat.
Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

9.05.2012

Side by Side Comparison of Traditional and Low Sugar Pectin Recipe for Grape Jelly



It’s been an incredible summer for grapes.  They love it hot and dry. There is much less disease this way.  I got a hold of enough grapes to make two batches of jelly.  I decided to do one traditional Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin jelly and then for my second I tried Sure-Jell Pectin for Less or No Sugar Needed Recipe.  Now I can show you how the two types of pectin compare and whether or not the low sugar pectin is worth trying. 

9.02.2012

The Trick to Cutting Corn Off the Cob Without Making a Mess


Ta da!  I'd seen several other bloggers recommend this trick, but I hadn't tried it myself until today.  It works like a dream. So much better than doing it on a cutting board which sprays corn juice and corn bits all over.  I might go so far as to say it is the best way to cut corn off the ear. 

All you need is a bunt pan or angel food cake pan.  Stick the top of the ear into the hole and it will stand up nicely on its own and the pan will catch *almost* all of the corn kernels as you cut them off.  Love it.  

This kitchen hint will work for all sort of things like: