Pickles

Candied Chilies

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Candied Chilies
Candied Chilies

Recently, I visited a swap meet with a couple of friends. We had a lot of fun and wore ourselves out! My best purchase was at a produce shop. I discovered some lovely jalapeno chiles and tomatillos, a type of green fruit that makes our absolute favorite salsa. Yes, I have posted that recipe here, when we were living in Mexico. I have, sadly, had a very hard time finding them here in Florida. However, last weekend I found about 10 pounds and bought every single one! I also bought about five pounds of beautiful jalapeno chilies: Read the rest of this entry »

Two Types Zucchini Relish at Once

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What to do with a giant zucchini

Three times recently when I visited our favorite local produce stand I have been tempted by the huge zucchini they were selling for only 25 cents each. Finally I could resist no longer, especially since growing zucchini in my Florida garden is beyond challenging! So far this season I have had some kind of stem borers, two rounds of voracious caterpillars, and now: ta daa! Mildew! I love baby zucchini for dinner, so to buy the kind that I used to abandon on my neighbors’ porches kind of goes against the grain. Anyway, not only did I buy one biggie, I bought four! Read the rest of this entry »

All In A Day’s Work

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The other day Mr. M and I visited our local produce stand. While we were there, I discovered several items that were marked down. In fact, the lady behind the counter was removing two pound bags of baby carrots from their refrigerator and putting them on the markdown shelves. So I snapped them up along with a few other items.

I usually do not buy “baby carrots” because I know that they really are not, but are actually overly processed items. But these were less than 25 cents a pound and I knew a good use for them: Zanahorias en Escabeche, Mexican style pickled carrots. One of my favorite condiments.

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Zanahorias en Escabeche

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Fearless Fermentation

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Sauerkraut! I think this fermented cabbage is a love-it-or-hate-it food. I like it and Mr. M doesn’t think a hotdog is worth eating without it. One day, years ago, I had an abundance of cabbage from my garden, so I decided to try my hand at making sauerkraut. I thought it would be such a challenge! Boy, was I wrong! It is really easy. Considering how much better homemade sauerkraut tastes that the commercial offerings, I want to encourage you to try it for yourself.

Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut

 

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