Beets for Everyone!

Beets! They’re beautiful! They’re delicious! They’re in season! And they’re red!

It’s been a veritable beetfest over here at goat central. We’ve been shredding them, pickling them, and pressure canning them. And, very importantly, teaching other people how to do these things, too. I love a good beet salad in season—one of my favorites follows below—but […]

Lemon Lavender Fig Jam

Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh CanJam! All this time I have been pooh-poohing fancy, foodie-oriented artisanal preserves, in favor of my work-a-day, practical, frugal canned goods. I have been a fool. Food in Jar’s announcement of herbs as the starring ingredient for the April canjam practically gave me hives. I found the admonition […]

Dried Papaya

I like papayas. They remind me of the Dominican Republic, where I spent a week two years ago sitting on the beach, drinking rum cocktails, and watching people kite surf. (No kite surfing for me, thanks. I like my neck.) Here in West Philly, where we’re blessed with a large immigrant population, you can find […]

Pumpkin Pear Soup

My delightful billy goat made this delicious soup with ingredients that came from our basement (mostly). We’re not participating in the Dark Days challenge, but it almost qualifies, depending on how you classify the pears. We used fresh pears from a not-terribly-local-or-organic source, but if you want to be exceedingly virtuous, you could make this […]

Mussels with Garlic and Parsley

My “let’s pretend I’m in Spain” theme continues, this time aided and abetted by the fact that my husband’s out of town. I love my Billy goat dearly, but, you see, he’s allergic to shellfish. Ergo, when he’s away, I make myself a big bowl of mussels. The mussels themselves weren’t the world’s greatest—a tad […]

Salt Cod Stew

Here we are, in the midst of the snowpacalypse, and my patience for winter is running out. I’ve been dreaming of warm, sunny places where it doesn’t snow 24″ every other month. I’ve been eating marmalade out of the jar and downing tropical fruit left and right, but clearly, it was time to step it […]

Strawberry Lemon Marmalade

Herewith begins my contribution to the Tigress Can Jam! If you’ve missed it, the canjam is a yearlong canning challenge. Each month, canjammers will be asked to create a water-bath friendly recipe based on a seasonal ingredient. Tigress started us off gently, with citrus. I assumed—rightly as it turns out!—that this would turn into a […]

Canning Beef Stock and Vegetable Soup

A belated Happy New Year to all! I am finally beginning to unfurl from my winter break hibernation. What better way to start the new year, I thought, than with a canning double feature: beef stock AND beef-vegetable soup? As an added bonus, the soup is the perfect vehicle for any number of vegetables that […]

Canning Onion Confit

There are some spectacular onion confits and jams floating around the internets right now. This one is an onion and rosemary confiturra from Serious Eats, via The Kitchn, that I heard about through a round-up post on Consider the Pantry (got that?). It’s a luscious combination of red onions, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white […]

Tangerine Marmalade

Apparently great minds think alike. Yesterday morning I made a big batch of tangerine marmalade, as, apparently, did the folks at Put Up or Shut Up! The ingredients are pretty similar (there are only so many ways to combine tangerines and sugar), but there’s still plenty of variety in the technique. Pros of their version: […]

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