Pickling a Peck of Peppers

I post this with the full knowledge that half of my family categorically avoids spicy foods. These mellow pretty well because of the sugar, though. Slice about 20 jalapenos or other red peppers into 1/4″ – 1/2″ disks.  In a saucepan, bring 3 cups water, 3 cups distilled white vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup…

Goodness Gracious, Sweet Jam of Fire

“Fire” is a bit dramatic. There’s some heat in this chili jam, but it’s nothing wild. Once upon a time, Trader Joe’s had a Hot and Sweet Chili Jam. It was delicious. I purchased it in triplicate when I ran out. And then. Trader Joe’s stopped making it. At first, I was in denial. Perhaps…

Clouds of Whipped Cream

I know, there’s already a post with a recipe for whipped cream. But with the holidays approaching, you need peppermint whipped cream in your wheelhouse for holiday desserts, hot chocolate, and I won’t tell anyone if you add it to your coffee, too. Chill a bowl in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Using a…

Griessbandnudeln

Don’t worry, I can’t pronounce that either. In a bowl, use a mixer to combine 3 cups of semolina flour, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mix until the dough comes together, about 2-3 minutes. Continue mixing at a slightly faster speed until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and a tight…

Chicken Stock

To a large stock pot add the bones of one chicken, 2 quartered onions, 3 quartered carrots (scrubbed but not peeled), 3 chopped ribs of celery, 1 large leek (quartered with the greens and ends discarded), 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves, 4 sprigs fresh parsley, 3 small bay leaves, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, 3 cloves peeled…

Apple Butter

Kierra, this one’s for you. Combine 6 large cored, peeled and sliced apples, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice, 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon, 1.5 teaspoons ground clove, and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. It doesn’t have to be oven safe, just sturdy. Stir…