Apple Picking (and One Last Batch of Jam)

In the Northeast this time of year, a drive through the country to see the fall foliage and visit a pick-your-own apple orchard is almost obligatory. Yesterday I took a drive up to Vermont’s Champlain Valley with my parents, my brother Dave, and his girlfriend Julia. Continue reading

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Tomato Canning Success!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you probably know that I’ve been having a little tomato canning trouble. Last weekend we decided to give it another go with another 20 pounds of tomatoes. Continue reading

Pickled Jalepeños

Last summer I ended up with a glut of jalepeños, and not knowing what to do with them, I decided to pickle them. I’ve never been a big  jalepeño eater, and I didn’t really have high expectations for them. I thought they might very well end up as forgotten pickles, but in the end they were quite a hit. When I visited my brother  Dave a few months ago, I found him jealously hoarding the brine in the jar long after the last pickle slice had been consumed. My sister Meg has placed a special order for 4 pints this year. We like to put these on tacos, quesadillas, or eggs and grits, or to chop them up and add them to salsas and tomato salads. Continue reading

Salsa Verde

Mexican food is a staple of my diet, and living in New York City I always took for granted that I could walk down to the corner store and pick up a pound or two of tomatillos any time I wanted them. Now that I live in a much smaller town, I’ve found that tomatillos can be much harder to come by. When I signed up for my community garden plot, tomatillos were at the top of my list of things to grow. Continue reading