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Sour Dill Pickles

Pickling cucumbers to fill suitable ceramic, glass or plastic crock (5#) Grape leaves Fresh or Dry Dill, Garlic, Chilies, Black Pepper, Mustard Seed, etc. 6T Kosher Salt 2 Quarts Water

Try to find cucumbers that are uniform in size and firm — you don’t want to make pickles with old, floppy cucumbers. Clean cucumbers […]

Jigsaw (Enigma, #3)

Tomato Hot Pepper Jam

2.5# Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes Mixed chilies to taste (2 Orange Habenero, 2 ripe red Jalapenos, 2 Fish, 2 Thai dragon) 2 cups sugar Juice of one lemon big pinch of sel gris

Mill everything tomatoes and peppers and combine in non-reactive pot with sugar and lemon juice and bring to […]

Zucchini Bread


What to do when you’re finally tired of using overgrown zucchinis as baseball bats

see also:

Applesauce -OR- What to do when you’re finally tired of using mushy Gravensteins as baseballs.

We planted several zucchini plants this year knowing full well that we’d have too many by half, but I was inspired by a […]

Refrigerator Pickles

2 large cukes 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1c water 1c cider vinegar 1 1/2 c sugar (to taste) salt (to taste, 1/2 t?) 1t mustard seeds 1t turmeric 1/2 t celery seeds 1/2 t pickling spice 1/2 t red pepper flakes

Toast spices to help release flavors, combine with water, […]

Apricot Preserves #1

5# Apricots juice and zest of 1 lemon 3c sugar 1c, scant, water kernels from 1/2 of the apricots

Combine all ingredients, cook, process!

Apricot Lavender Jam #1

4# Apricots (Blenheim) Juice and zest from 1 lemon 3c sugar 1 scant cup water 1/4 cup fresh lavender flowers kernels from about 1/2 of apricots

Combine all incredients, except for lavender flowers in a heavy pot and cook until nearly done. Add lavender flowers to taste and cook another 5 to 10 minutes. […]

Quince Butter

5# Quinces 2 Lemons (to taste) Sugar

Cut quinces into small chunks and put into pot half about half covered with water. Bring to boil and cook until the quinces are soft. Mill, strain, measure and return to heat. Add lemon zest and juice to taste. Add 1/4 of puree’s volume in sugar. 5# […]

Quince Jelly, Yum!

Quinces Water Sugar Lemon

Cut up and slice the unpeeled quinces thinly and place in a large non-reactive pot. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a hard boil, turn down heat to a simmer. Cook until not quite mushy. Turn out entire contents of the pot into a large chinoise or strainer over […]

Puzzle (Enigma, #2)

3# San Marzano Tomatoes, milled whole 7 small ripe Serrano Chillies, milled whole 3 Shallots, minced 4 cups sugar 2T red wine vinegar 1T crushed red pepper a couple of pinches of salt

Combine everything in non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 30 minutes skimming the foam as it comes […]


Tomato Serrano Jam

2# San Marzano Tomatoes, peeled 3 Serrano Chillies, sliced 3 cups sugar Juice of one lemon a couple of pinches of salt

Puree half of the tomatoes and dice the rest. Combine everything in non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 30 minutes skimming the foam as it comes […]