Adventures In Food and Wine

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Labor Day Weekend

A potato of love!

Now isn't that something! I love to find unusual shapes in food!

I have been fighting off a summer cold this week. It had me down Wednesday and Thursday, but I took some Echinacea and I began to feel much better Friday. I hate summer colds.

I worked in the garden on Friday and did I harvest a haul! I picked 6 pounds of green beans and 7 pounds of tomatoes. Several peppers, but I did not weigh them. The garden has been very bountiful this year. We have gotten so many peppers this year, I have had to freeze them. If you ever have an over abundance of peppers, just pop them in a bag and freeze them. They work well in a cooked recipe after that. It is nice to just pull one or two out of the freezer in the winter for chili.
Again with the green beans!
How is your Labor Day Weekend going? Since I have to work tomorrow, we decided to grill some burgers and some corn on the cob tonight. Really good and simple stuff. I went to my usual farm stand to pick up some corn and they were closed with a sign stating they were sold out of corn for this year. So I went a little further out in the country and bought some. It was good, but not as good as what I bought earlier in the summer. Sigh, I guess that means that fall is truly upon us when the corn is gone. I never did pick up any extra to freeze for the winter.

Along with the burgers and corn I served a recipe I watched Paula Deen cook while I was vegging out in front of the TV with the cold earlier in the week. Marinated Tomatoes are a good way to use up some of your tomato harvest. Paula claims this recipe will make even store bought winter tomatoes taste like summer. That is a mighty big claim! The recipe makes a lot of marinade, so when the tomatoes are gone, just add more or use it as a salad dressing. The tomatoes were bursting with flavor after a quick soak in the marinade. Add some chopped green onions for additional crunch and color ( I forgot to add these however).

I picked up a book at the library the other day called Blue Ribbon Preserves.
What a great book! I found a recipe for Pumpkin Butter. I haven't had any of that in ages! I have all the ingredients so I plan to make some on Tuesday and can it. Hopefully, I will be successful and I will post the results. Many other recipes caught my eye for some jams and jellies. My only experience with jam is Strawberry Freezer Jam. I think I may try my hand at some cooked and canned jams soon as well!

Hope everyone has a great holiday!


  • At 9/05/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Randi said…

    Ive checked that book out numerous times( I should buy it eh?), there are some good recipes. Pumpkin butter sounds really good


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