Archives for August 2013

Organic Canning: Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe

My pickling cucumbers are finally starting to produce quick enough that I can start making pickles.  My favorite? Bread and butter pickles! This was the first type of pickle I ever canned and a favorite with my family and friends! My grandma said, "Well, I thought I made the best bread and butter pickles but I might be wrong"! We can eat a jar a day.  Last year I didn't make enough - Only 2 batches and I had family begging for more.    This is my second batch of this year and I'm hoping to make … [Read more...]

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Pasta Primavera with Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe

Pasta Primavera is a dish that consists of pasta and veggies - perfect, because that's what I have! I loaded up at the farmers market last week and I have TONS of veggies that should be used up in the next few days. I'm not sure why but ever since being GF and DF I've only made pasta with marinara sauce. I never even thought about trying anything else.  I'm literally drooling right now while writing this.  The left overs of this pasta primavera are gone and I want more! Pasta Primavera with … [Read more...]

Organic Canning: Pickled Cherry Tomatoes with Rosemary

What should I do with tons of cherry tomatoes? I have WAY too many to eat plain, so I'm making pickled cherry tomatoes! I have been harvesting a pint or so every two days.  I'm now to the point where I have 15 cups + additional for eating - enough for 3 batches!  These pickled cherry tomatoes would be great in a holiday relish tray (yes, I'm bringing them back) or as an appetizer served with some crusty gf bread.  This recipe also came from my 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Canning Magazine - Of … [Read more...]

How to Cook Sea Scallops: Pan Seared Sea Scallops Recipe

Pan seared scallops aren't on the menu very often - why? Because they're like $3.00 each! Occassionally we'll pick a few up to accompany something else. They're super quick, easy, and delicious. My husband and I don't have the same taste in TV.  If it was his choice, he'd have the Speed channel on 24/7.  Me, I'd rather be watching reality TV (guilty pleasure ok?).  The only thing we can compromise on is watching cooking shows, so naturally, that's usually whats on our TV.  My husband picked up … [Read more...]

When to Harvest Jalapeno Peppers? My Organic Garden

When do you harvest jalapeno peppers? Since they're picked when they're green (most of the time), it can be hard to tell. Peppers can be tricky to grow and a lot of years I end up spending more money and time than it's worth to even plant them, except for jalapenos. I'm not a huge fan of hot stuff so usually by mid-season I'm giving extras away to my heat loving colleagues.   I never really knew when to harvest them so I'd pick them whenever.  There is a "correct" time so this year, I'm making … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Creamy Cucumber Salad: Summer Side Dish Recipe

It can't be summer without cucumber salad!  Since going dairy-free I've been making cucumber salad sans dairy but my husband really misses the kind his grandma makes with sour cream.  I had a tub of plain coconut yogurt in my fridge and decided to experiment.  Here's the result! Because the salad is naturally a little sweet, the yogurt works really well as a creamy substitute. I like this salad best after it's been sitting in the fridge overnight. I'll probably be making this a few times in the … [Read more...]

Ham and Zucchini or Broccoli Quiche Recipe; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

This is a household favorite. I love this recipe because it's great with zucchini; it's also great with broccoli. Sometimes I make 2 of them on a Sunday and we'll bring it for breakfast to work.  It tastes just as great days after it's made.  It's also great to make if you're having company.  Bake the night before and just pop it in the oven to reheat in the morning. What else do I love about this?  1 carton of rice milk, 1 mini ham from Whole Foods, and 1 bunch of broccoli makes exactly 4 pies … [Read more...]

Organic Canning: Tart Cherry Jam Recipe

Get your tart cherries while you still can! I've heard this is the last week!  I personally bought a TON of tart cherries a few weeks ago. I guess you can only get them in a few parts of the country - I'm in one of those areas. They go bad pretty quickly so they're really only available at farmer's markets - If you get some, use them quickly! I cooked with some of them, froze some of them, and still had about a million and 12 left. Because they're not very good eaten plain, I decided to can the … [Read more...]

GF Bisquick Copycat Recipe, GF Pancake Mix; Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Pancake Mix Recipe

I never really liked pancakes growing up - they always made me feel blah when I ate them.  Same with milk. I wonder why? Hmmmm maybe because they were full of things I'm intolerant too!  A few months after cutting gluten out of my diet I found gluten free Bisquick and made some pancakes.  They were delicious, but the store bought mix was expensive and kind of grainy! It couldn't be too hard to mix up a pancake mix of my own - here are the results - my Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free … [Read more...]

Organic Canning: The BEST Corn Relish Ever Recipe

So, last year I made like 4 batches of corn relish.  I thought for sure I was going to have millions of jars left in the pantry come corn season this year but nope! All of a sudden everyone I know LOVES corn relish (I really had no idea) and even people who don't like it seem to like this kind.  I kid you not, I gave it to grandparents, parents (3 different sets), friends, siblings, and more - every single one of them said that it was the BEST corn relish they've ever had!  Most ate the entire … [Read more...]