Apples Again

We took another drive on a beautiful Saturday morning down to Scio to pick up our apples at Queener Farm. This week’s apples looked great   Joe even got the antique press out and pressed some of them into a delicious cider. Meanwhile, the pups napped most of the day……    

More Apples from Queener Farms

    We drove down to Scio this morning to pick up a gallon of cider and another lovely bunch of apples from Queener Farms. Along the way we went to the Willamette Valley Pie Company store for a pumpkin pie, a couple of scones and two yummy hand-pies. On the way home we stopped…

Bramley’s Seedling Pie

Included in our box from Queener Farm this week, were enough Bramley’s Seedling apples to make a pie.  The Bramley’s seedling is a classic English cooking apple. The first Bramley’s Seedling tree grew from seeds planted in 1809 bya young girl, Mary Ann Brailsford, in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK.  The tree in the garden was later included in the…

Summer Vacation’s Over Harvest – beginning of September

Today was a harvest day.  I picked tomatoes and squash from the garden, grapes and pears from the chicken yard, and blackberries from the hedgerow. This weeks apples from Queener Farm that DH deemed “not eaters” have become a lovely pie and gone into the dehydrator.  The grapes were processed in the dehydrator (raisins), the…

Spiced Crabapples

Ingredients a pint of Centennial or Whitney crab apples 1 C cider vinegar 3/4 C water 1 1/2 C castor sugar 1 1/2 t cardamom pods 1/2 t whole cloves Instructions Wash the apples well, and leave the stems intact. Prick them all over with a fork. Combine the vinegar, water, and sugar in a…

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients 1 pint tomatillos, de-husked, washed and halved 1 onion, cut into chunks 5 garlic cloves 1 jalapeno 1/2 bunch cilantro 1/4 t salt juice of 1 lime Instructions Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.   Lay out the tomatillos, half the garlic and half of the onions on…

Kimchi – Beginners Version

Ingredients 1 Napa cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch strips 1 small head bok choy 1/2 C kosher salt 2 T garlic, minced 2 T ginger, minced 1 t sugar 3 T water 4 T Korean red pepper flakes 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded 2 bunches scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces Instructions Place the cabbage…

Produce Cleanup Day……..

We have a lovely pile of produce waiting for me to attend to it.  It must have inspired DS19 while I was at the dentist because when we returned home he had a pot of homemade tomato sauce started on the stove.  After his lunch there was still quite a bit in the pan so…

Sweet Pickle Relish

Ingredients 6 C chopped cucumber 1 1/2 C chopped onion 1 T salt 1 1/2 C vinegar 3/4 C honey 1/2 t celery seed 1/2 t ginger 1 T cornstarch 1 T water Instructions Toss cucumber and onion with 3/4 T salt. Let it rest in a strainer over a bowl for 3 hours. Discard…