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Friday Eats: Pickled Squash

Friday, July 16th, 2010 | Permalink

Squash Pickle Ingredients by Thirty Seven West CEO Linda Bryan

A little history: I grew up with a lifetime friend, Meridith, who is 5 days younger than me and we’ve known each other since we were 5 years old!  This is one of her family’s favorites and clearly one of my favorites.  Her mother, Mary Beth, has been like a second mom to me for many years!  I learned much about fresh food cooking, a love for gardening and composting from the Hatchers.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  If you try them, please let us know what you think.:-)

4 quarts thinly sliced squash (home grown or farm fresh is the best, of course!)

Sliced squash, onion and pepper...slice thin to your preference.

4 yellow onions thinly sliced to your preference

1 red bell pepper sliced thin

1 green bell pepper sliced thin We suggest using organic vegetables.

Put the above in a bowl.  I used plastic and glass…what I had on hand.

Cover with ½ cup sea salt and crushed ice.

Thinly sliced veges covered with salt and ice...before "cooking" and canning.

Place in refrigerator.  Let stand overnight.

Mix 5 cups sugar with 3 cups vinegar in large pot for boiling.

Original recipe uses white vinegar. I usually use 2 cups Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar…and 2 cup purified water.

Add 1 ½ t Turmeric

1 ½ t Celery seed

2T Mustard seed

1 Garlic Clove cut up or pressed.

Bring to a boil.

Add squash after draining it very well.  Get all the water off of it.

image courtesy of Thirty Seven West CEO Linda Bryan

Bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Pack in jars & make sure they seal well.  Listen for the lids to ping! Make sure they seal completely before storing non-refrigerated. I test the lids to make sure they are sealed. Enjoy!

image courtesy of Thirty Seven West CEO Linda Bryan

Friday Eats: Leftover Ham

Friday, June 25th, 2010 | Permalink

Ham Torta, image courtesy of Emily via Fisher & Paykel

There are some people who will absolutely never eat leftovers.  I mean, throw away food kind of people.  Or give it to their dog kind of people.  Really, I never understood the notion behind it, but I have to say that I love leftovers.  It’s been said that lasagna or soups even taste better the second day.

This recipe calls for leftover ham… perfect after a family gathering or just if you really like cooking hams.  And what I think is the neatest thing about this recipe is that it comes to us via a food blog set up by Fisher Paykel, out of New Zealand.  No, we don’t get sponsored by them.  But I think it’s pretty cool that a company who is selling these products is also giving creative ideas for how to use them.  For the full recipe of how to create this Ham Torta, check out here.

Friday Eats: Pie for anytime, anywhere

Friday, June 4th, 2010 | Permalink

Pies in jars, image courtesy of Our Best Bites

Some of you may have been thinking: why on earth are you talking about food on this blog?  While this is a valid question, let me explain.  People work.  People get hungry.  And working people especially get hungry–even us label-making, gift-personalizing, email-writing people need to eat.  So, we love to eat and share good recipes that you can bookmark for later or try out this weekend.

I recently stumbled on Our Best Bites blog, run by two very charming ladies, Sara and Kate.  With busy schedules and a hunger for tasty food, they’ve been posting great recipes and ideas for the past two years, including today’s recipe for single serving pie in a jar.

Imagine the possibilities.  Pie in the car.  Pie on the camping trip.  Pie at the laundry mat.  Pie in the movie theater!

Cherry pie in a jar, image courtesy of Our Best Bites

And not only are these perfect to eat all by yourself (note: we are not responsible if your pants don’t fit tomorrow morning), but they make great gifts as well.  Adding just a touch of personalized ribbon can make these ideal for friends, family, or anyone.

To see the step-by-step recipe for creating these awesome pies, check it out here.

And a big thank you to Kate and Sara for the recipe and images!

Friday Eats: Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

Friday, May 14th, 2010 | Permalink

Have you ever used the box mix to make pancakes?  You know, the kind that you just add a little water to?  Yeah, been there and done that.  But this Friday Eats is about inspiring you to wake up a little earlier than 11:00 tomorrow morning and try your hand at making some pancakes from scratch.

For me, cooking and baking from scratch has become a bigger part of my lifestyle and sometimes it’s way easier than the preconceived notions we might have.  Part of the reason why I’ve switched to making pancakes from scratch is due to none other than Joy the Baker.

I mean, look at these pancakes.

Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes, image courtesy of Joy the Baker

So, if sometime between tonight and Monday you’re able to squeeze a few extra minutes into the kitchen, you can come out with a plateful of these.

Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes, images courtesy of Joy the Baker

For full recipe, please visit here.  And a full-stomach thank you to Joy for sharing a perfect weekend recipe and these eye candy photos.

Friday Eats: Mother’s Day

Friday, May 7th, 2010 | Permalink

Eggs En Cocotte, image courtesy of Ceramic Canvas

Is anyone else out there wondering what to make their mom for the perfect Mother’s Day?  Whatever it is, I can tell you that you won’t find it at a fast food chain or your local steakhouse.

Seriously, we’ve rounded up a couple different recipes and resources for you to create the perfect meal for your mom, whether a light breakfast, a hearty brunch, or even a dinner to remember.  Whether you have an hour or three hours to prepare a celebration for your family, you can find something wonderful in here.  Our feature recipe is Eggs en Cocotte: a savory combination of bacon, eggs, potatoes, and cream baked in a ramekin.  If you’re any semblance of normal, I had your attention at “bacon,” I know.  This dish comes courtesy of Ceramic Canvas, who I immediately became a fan of for his wonderful photography and the personality of the food he cooks–vibrant, comforting, exciting, and second-helping, please!  For the full recipe, click here.

But, if somehow bacon and eggs and potatoes and cream are not your thing (is there such a world?) and you’d like to try your hand at something healthier, or even a lunch or dinner dish, check out twelve great ideas from Southern Living here.  They cover the gamut from a low country boil to a rack of lamb to a towering chocolate cake.

And if you’re still set on the restaurant thing, or if you have a recipe already in mind for your main course, try out this recipe for Blackberry Jam Almond bars from 17 and baking (one of my favorite new baking bloggers).

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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