Basic Corn Pudding

Our CSA supplies us with a lot of eggs and cheese. Plus, we have a freezer full of corn. Hence, corn pudding.

This version is a slightly altered version of the standby “Corn Pudding with Poblano Peppers” in the 1990s version of Joy of Cooking. Among other things, their recipe omits an oven temperature. I find […]

Roasted Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts

The more dedicated readers among you may remember that a few months ago I found myself the proud owner of a bumper crop of red cabbage. I turned most of them into spectacular pink sauerkraut, but I also tried an experiment. When I cut the heads, I left the bottom of the plant behind, much […]

Happy Thanksgiving! (and about that stock...)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! When you’re done eating that turkey, be sure to make a stock. BUT—and this is a big but—unless you have a pressure canner, please don’t attempt to can it. Unlike fruits, tomatoes, and tomatillos, stock is a low acid food, which means that the temperature of boiling water is not enough to […]

Applesauce vs. Applesauce

Last year, you may recall, I made a lot of applesauce. When I had time, I canned it; when I was lazy, I just stuck it in the freezer. Nine months later, we’ve been eating lots of each. The results?

No contest.

The canned applesacue is sooooo much better than the frozen. It has excellent texture, a […]

Sustainable Seafood

This fall we’ll be trying a new approach to eating: community supported seafood. It’s like a CSA (community supported agriculture), but with fish. Working with sustainable fisheries in Alaska, the folks at Otolith supply their subscribers with a total of approximately 15 pounds of fish. In the summer, you get varieties of salmon; this fall, […]

Peach Sorbet

A spectacularly easy peach sorbet, made from homemade canned peaches. Note that this will only work if you canned your peaches in syrup—if you canned them in water, you’ll need to add at least a cup of sugar.

Peach Sorbet from Homemade Canned Peaches

2 pints or 1 quart canned peaches in syrup
1 T rum, brandy, or […]

Raspberry Plum Sorbet

My husband—a native New Englander—insists that the time to eat ice cream is winter, not summer. So, now that there’s a chill in the air, he’s craving frozen treats. Since this is an excuse to pull out yet another gadget from the pantry, I am happy to oblige.

Sorbets are basically a frozen purée of fruit […]

Canning Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes are delectable little gems. Once you have them, you can use them in sauces, salsa, or just as a topping for bread: Voila! Bruschetta! Freezing is the easiest way to preserve their flavor, but if you have limited freezer space, canning is a good option.

There is, however, a catch. I’ve looked and looked […]

The Cheapskate's Guide to Food Preservation

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the economics of food preservation. If you have to buy 20 pounds of tomatoes to make it worth your while, and farmer’s market tomatoes cost $3 a pound, how can you afford it? And if you can only afford to can/freeze/dehydrate supermarket tomatoes, why bother? This is […]

Tomatillo Salsa/Salsa Verde

You’ve heard about my gardening woes. Fortunately, not all is lost: I am growing a bumper crop of tomatillos. For the uninitiated, tomatillos are closely related to tomatoes, except that they’re green and grow in husks. The husks puff up when the plant starts to set fruit, and when the fruit fills the husk, they’re […]

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