October 2015

Sweet and Tart Crock Pot Plum Butter

It’s definitely time to get started on my homemade Christmas gifts for the year.  Up first is this plum butter! When I told my mother I was making plum butter she just kept saying “Ew!” over and over again.  I’m not sure why.  Plums are delicious, so plums cooked down…

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Apple butter pie!

Fruit butters are super-easy to make.  You just puree some fruit, cook it with sugar until it’s the right consistency, and then can it.  Simple, inexpensive gifts.  Right?  Well somehow I made a batch of apple butter that tasted great but looked really bad after I canned it.  Light beige…

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Candied Jalapeños!

You may have noticed there aren’t a lot of recipes on here that use peppers.  There are two excellent reasons for that: I loathe them.  And it turns out, I’m pretty allergic to them!  One of the few positive results on my skin-prick test that didn’t bring me to tears!…

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Creamy Slow Cooker Gnocchi Soup

It’s definitely fall here in Virginia.  We’ve had two real freezes so it’s time for comfort food!  And for me, comfort food definitely means soup.  I’ve been making a variation of this Chicken and Gnocci Soup for a while now, and it is so damn delicious!  Given how much I’ve…

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Sweet and spicy pickled banana peppers

A sweet pepper-pickling recipe

Since my sweet banana peppers turned out to be mislabeled hot banana peppers, they haven’t been picked as much as I had hoped.  Usually my peppers just get eaten straight off the plant by my mother when she comes by to visit, but she doesn’t do that when they’re this…

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Goodbye, Summer Garden!

Yesterday my mom came over and we took down a lot of the summer garden.  A lot of plants still looked healthy, but they just aren’t going to produce any more fruit for the rest of the year.  And some plants look like crap but they clearly are still going…

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