Spring Loaded Carrot Kimchi

Last weekend I pulled up the carrots I had left to overwinter at my community garden. The boards on the raised bed were rotten, and my billy goat had offered to build me a new frame so I could put in my spring seeds. While I was grateful, that meant that I had to rip [...]

The Preservationists Vs. the Artisans

Sometimes the New York Times annoys me.

Yesterday—in case you missed it—the Dining and Wine section featured a “D.I.Y. Cooking Handbook.” For most of the day, at least until nuclear fears and March Madness pushed it down the page, the story held a coveted spot just to the left of the videos. Click through, and you [...]

Hot Zucchini Relish

My grandmother used to make and sell the most astonishing hot pepper relish. This isn’t that recipe—some family secrets are meant to be kept—but it’s almost as good. It has a proven track record in winning over zucchini doubters, relish doubters, and hot pickle doubters.  It’s also an excellent use for leftover, end-of-season yellow squash [...]

Giveaway: Put 'Em Up!

Earlier this summer, the nice folks over at Storey Publishing sent me a copy of Serri Brooks Vinton’s Put ‘Em Up. Sometimes, when I sit on a review copy, it’s because I’m trying to decide what, if anything, to say (on the theory of “If you can’t say something nice….”). But that’s not what happened [...]

Mixed Vinegar Pickle #1

The July Can Jam stumped me. It wasn’t so much the trans-Atlantic translation problem of “marrows” as the fact that my favorite pickle, a just barely tangy half sour, isn’t acidic enough to can. Then I found a jar of cornichons in my basement (Linda Zeidrich’s recipe, of course). I’m usually fairly diligent about labeling [...]

Pickled Beets with Fennel

I had no idea that so many people had such a strong aversion to beets. My beet class last weekend was somewhat under-enrolled, and I kept getting e-mails that said, more or less, “I really want to come and learn how to can, except that I can’t stand beets!” How can I convince you that [...]

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