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Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Filed in Real Food by on October 6, 2016 0 Comments
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Are the kids tired of peanut butter sandwiches? Send them to school with muffins instead. Muffins have gained a bad reputation over the past few years. This reputation is well deserved – if you are talking about purchased muffins. Pick up a behemoth example from Costco for your breakfast and it’s likely to cost you […]

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How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on October 5, 2016 0 Comments
How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Don’t forget to label your homemade jams, jellies and other treats for safe gift-giving. A few years ago my mother-in-law bought us a jar of homemade onion relish at the local harvest fair. The relish certainly looked festive, but we didn’t dare eat it.  Why? Because we knew nothing about it except that it was […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on October 3, 2016 0 Comments
Everything You Need to Know About Pickling

Ok, maybe not everything, but enough to fill your pantry! Now is the time to clean up the garden and get the pickling done. If you have never made pickles before, you are in for a nice surprise. Canning pickles is an easy project that allows more creativity than the same-old, same-old grocery pickle aisle […]

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Spiced Apple Rings

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 28, 2016 1 Comment
Spiced Apple Rings

Nostalgic for some tasty, old-fashioned treats? Start with spiced, candied apple rings. If you grew up in the 1950’s or 60’s you may fondly remember spiced apple rings. In an age when boxed spaghetti and sauce and brightly colored Kool-Aid® (with cyclamates!) were de rigueur, spiced apple rings held a special place, served with Sunday […]

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Pickled Skinny Beans

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 1, 2016 0 Comments
Pickled Skinny Beans

Skinny, purple filet beans are fun to grow and make an unusual pickle. Growing French Beans I have been growing these skinny purple beans for a few years now. Like most backyard green beans, they are easy to grow and quite prolific, so you get a lot of food for little work. But because they […]

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Homemade Peach Granola

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on August 12, 2016 0 Comments
Homemade Peach Granola

Gain control over your food! Make your own healthy granola. Granola is one of those foods that should be healthy. After all, most of us were introduced to granola as a health food. But then granola became an everyday item, a victim of its own success. You know once something starts popping up on grocery […]

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Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 11, 2016 0 Comments
Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

Combine tasty stone fruits and a bit of unusual spice for a mixed fruit treat. I was one of those kids who loved canned fruit cocktail. It seemed pretty exotic to those of us who lived in cold, remote places back in the ’60s. It also helped that as a kid I didn’t have much […]

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Spiced Peach Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 10, 2016 0 Comments
Spiced Peach Butter

August is National Peach Month, which means it’s time for peach muffins, peach shortcake, and spiced peach butter! It’s back to my Canbassador “duties” this week as the peaches are ripe and luscious here in the Mid-Columbia. IMHO one can never have too many ripe peaches. They are my favorite fruit of all, and that […]

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Make and Freeze Apricot Puree Now – Use Later

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Make and Freeze Apricot Puree Now – Use Later

Overwhelmed by the fresh fruit harvest? It’s easy to make puree now and use it later. Apricots: Velvety. Tangy. Sweet. Just biting into one makes your mouth sing. The Greeks referred to apricots as “the golden egg of the sun.” Apricots are loved by people all over the world. The only drawback? The season is […]

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How to Make Apricot Paste

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 12, 2016 0 Comments
How to Make Apricot Paste

Apricot paste, a thick fruit leather-like confection, is a popular Middle Eastern treat. There is a family story that my mother ate tons of fresh apricots from the German market across the street while pregnant with me. Maybe that’s why I have always loved apricots. Fresh apricots are best, but I won’t turn down dried […]

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