Cranberry Orange Jam with Crystallized Ginger   Okay, so I know it’s technically spring but it SNOWED at my house yesterday. I nearly cried. So, in honor of the weather, here are my Fabulous Friday Five links to Five ways to use your canning jars during the winter.  Enjoy! Can dry beans – here’s a recipe for canning seasoned, soaked beans (I’d grab a jar and blend or mash to make homemade refried beans) and here’s one for canning dry beans (black beans, garbanzo, etc.). Make Lacto-fermented Giardiniera – I know many people make giardiniera in the middle of the summer, but I feel this recipe lends itself to winter produce with it’s use of carrots & cauliflower. Here’s another giardiniera recipe for canning . . . Cranberry Orange Jam [... To read more, click here ...]

 April 12, 2013  Posted by Heartland Renaissance Uncategorized Comments Off
Nov 192012
 

Frankly, I’m trying to be writing more than reading this month, but I have dipped into some of my favorite writing books and am flipping through a few recipes. . . What we’re reading with the kids . . .

 November 19, 2012  Posted by Heartland Renaissance Uncategorized Comments Off
 

Pico de Gallo for Canning makes 12-14 pints   10 pounds canning tomatoes 1 pound red onion Jalapenos (I use 8 for “medium” and 12 for “hot” salsa), stems removed 2 large Poblano peppers, stems removed 2 large heads of garlic, cloves separated and paper removed and discarded 2 Tablespoons pickling salt 1 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper 4 ounces prepared lime juice   Weigh out your ingredients in advance.  If your tomatoes need a bit of trimming before use, add a few extra ounces (I normally add 4 to 6 ounces) to the scale to accommodate for trimming.  It is important that you use tomatoes specified as “canning” tomatoes for this recipe to ensure that the pH of your salsa is safe for processing without a pressure-canner.  If you are [... To read more, click here ...]

 

Look what I just found at my local Target!  A Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup that is: MSG Free Soy Free Gluten Free, and, In a BPA-free container! I’m super excited.  I don’t make a lot of casseroles, but there are a few family recipes that I’d love to make again with some decent cream of mushroom soup.  I haven’t made them in ages because we’ve been avoiding MSG and, though I know that I could make homemade cream of mushroom soup, I just haven’t.  So . . . as it gets to be cooler weather and you want to reach for those old, familiar recipes, reach for a box of this soup instead for healthier eating!  Just wanted to pass on this little tidbit . . . I found [... To read more, click here ...]

Jun 102012
 

Happy Birthday my Beautiful Girl! I can’t believe that you are already one.  It seems like just a moment ago you were born. Your personality is so sweet and full of joy, you make everyone around you smile. You are a good eater, liking Mama’s milk the best, but eager to devour your favorites, including strawberries, bananas, nectarines, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes, along with yogurt and salmon salad. Though you’re the youngest, and the only girl, you hold a special spot in your brother’s hearts.  John tells you all the time that you two are going to be “buddies forever.” While Michael takes care of you like a little daddy.  Kissing you when you cry and finding special toys for you to play with. (As you can tell, your [... To read more, click here ...]

 June 10, 2012  Posted by Heartland Renaissance Uncategorized 2 Responses »
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