Monday, October 17, 2011

Remember Ladies...

"always practice safe salsa". These were the words of my trusty OSU extension food preservations teacher at a tomato processing class I recently took! I loved the line and was so excited to get my salsa on! So I did what any canning loving girl would do... I called up and my mom and told her it was time to put up or shut up! Luckily for me, she chose the put up and hustled her hiney up to Portland for a Saturday spent at the Cozy Little Cottage.

Upon her arrival I had all the goodies we would need for the day set out and ready to go!

We diced and diced and diced!

We cooked it up a bit, per the recipe's directions

While waiting for the jars to process, my mom partook in one of her favorite past times... copying my recipes! We both giggle at this often, years and years were spent with me as the novice, her as my teacher... what fun it is to switch roles sometimes!

Hmmm... this seems to be the only shot of the finished product. How time flies when you are putting up the harvest!

I pay in platter lunches. This one was accompanied by eggplant caponata as well (to top those little toast squares of course!) Not only do I pay in lunches, but I believe my mother may have made away with a jar of salsa (of course) and a bar of homemade soap!
What a day we had! Saturdays at home are my favorite kind and to be in the kitchen with loved ones, oh, all the better! Here's to wishing you a happy harvest as well!

Friday, October 14, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

Friday, September 9, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Menu Plan: 9.9- 9.14

Back to school here I come! During the school year I try very hard to make, make, make on the weekend, in hopes that the week will be smooth sailing... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I so love my time spent in the kitchen in Sundays.

Thursday 9.8- Left Over Mac & Cheese or Left Over Curried Chicken Salad

Friday 9.9- Date Night Out!

Saturday 9.12- BBQ with David's Co-Workers (I am planning to make a green salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries and sunflower seed. I'll toss the salad with homemade raspberry vinaigrette)

Sunday 9.13- Herb Seasoned Pork Chops, Roasted Eggplant
                      * Make Roasted Tomato Sauce and freeze
                      * Make Pesto and freeze
                      * Mix Tea Blend

Monday 9.14- Curried Carrot Soup, Cheese Toast... hmm, two curry dishes in one week...

Tuesday 9.15- Cucumber Boats filled with Tuna Salad

Wednesday 9.16- Greek Orzo Salad

Monday, August 29, 2011

Millions of Peaches...

Oh those Presidents of the United States of America had it right... we really are going to eat a lot of peaches.

Yesterday on my way home from setting up my classroom I stopped by Grandma's Place and quickly picked a little over 20 pounds of peaches (they are my favorite to pick... so quick!) At a dollar a pound I could hardly stop myself from picking more... around these parts a dollar a pound is a screaming deal!

Our favorite way to preserve peaches for the colder months to come is dip them in a water bath for about 30 seconds, plunge in cold water, peel, slice and freeze. I always try to put up as many peaches as I can because they are our favorite treat; we want to enjoy them all year long! Throughout the year these peaches will grace our kefir smoothies, top our oatmeal (I do half oat groats and half steel cut oats in the slow-cooker over night and then we wake up to a warm breakfast!) and we will for sure be feasting on our favorite peach/raspberry crisp on some cold winter evenings as well!

When freezing I always think about how we will be using said food in the future. I like to freeze in amounts that are called for in recipes that I use often (well, for me, more like cooking patterns I like to follow... I rarely follow recipes, but love to read cookbooks to get ideas for flavor combinations). For things that will be used over a number of days, like fruit in smoothies, I like to think about how much we will use in a week, that way I can pull everything from the freezer on Sunday... it's like grocery shopping in your own garage!

And all those peelings and pits? Well this year I am going to try my hand at peach honey... we'll see how it goes?

Oh and, lest us not forget about another wonderful peach song, thank you Steve Miller Band! Any other peachy songs out there that I forgot?

Friday, August 26, 2011

{this moment}

Picnic in the park... with gin and tonics, of course!

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. ~Amanda Soule

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Menu Plan: 8.25- 8.31

It has been quite some time since I have posted a menu plan, but oh don't you worry, I have still been planning (just not posting!) and we have still been eating like kings and queens around here... at least that is what we think :)

Thursday- Squash Pancakes (think potato pancakes!), Roasted Eggplant on Toast

Friday- Date Night, we have been wanting to try the new Little Big Burger in the Pearl... maybe this will be our night!

Saturday- Celebrating the end of a wonderful summer... D says he taking me to dinner at Thistle, how fun! And, two nights out in a row! We really are wild!

Sunday-Beef Short Ribs, Caprese Salad

Monday- Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Corn on the Cob (this is our first day back to school, just teachers... but still, it's nice to have something quick for dinner... the casserole is in the freezer and will be the perfect quick fix!)

Tuesday- Breakfast for Dinner: Sausage, Egg and Potato Hash

Wednesday- Cucumber and Hummus Sandwiches