Canning Corn

We picked up 12 ears of corn from a roadside stand on our Saturday trip to collect our apples from Queener Farm.  It’s a beautiful drive down to Scio through Silverton, Stayton and Sublimity – rolling hills, tidy fields and beautiful old barns. This morning I set about to shuck the corn and cut off…

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 Honey Peaches

This year we have a lot of peaches on our sad little peach tree down in the kitchen garden.  They are bruised and bumpy and just not pretty, but that poor little tree tries so hard that I feel badly just feeding them to the hens.  I picked the first bunch, a nice big bowl…

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…

Kraut 2018

Ingredients 1000g shredded cabbage 30g sea salt 2 t caraway seeds Instructions  Wash the cabbage, removing tougher outer leaves (leave these aside, we’ll use them later).  Quarter the cabbage and cut out the core (give these to the chickens as treats). Thinly slice the cabbage.  I used a mandoline for this job – it was…

Sweet Pickled Red Onions

Pickle Ingredients 2 cups of white vinegar 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar 2 Tablespoons of pickling spices. Instructions Combine the pickle ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Thinly slice red onions and blanch in simmering water for two minutes Drain the onions and pick into…

Dill for Later

Fresh dill is always available in this area – for about three weeks, then it suddenly disappears, jus about the time my cucumbers start to come in.  I had a couple of cucumbers ripen so I started a pickle jar (water, salt, dill…).  I think, however, that by the time I have enough cucumbers for…