Kitchen

My family loves pickles. Especially in warm weather, we eat a lot of pickles. And at $4.00 a jar, that can get expensive. So you can imagine my delight when my step mother called me to ask if I wanted to come to visit and make some easy, homemade pickles! I’ll say it again, I love recipes that have few ingredients and simple directions. Well this is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes ever! Be sure to let me know if you make them, and what you think of the final product.

High Tech Pickle Ingredients

High Tech Pickle Ingredients

2 cups sliced cucumber (1medium to large)
3/4 cup sliced onion
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Place the cucumber and onion together in a large microwaveable bowl. Mix all the remaining ingredients and pour over the cucumbers and onions. Stir to mix well. Cook in microwave on high three minutes. Take out and stir. Place back in microwave and cook another three minutes. Take out and stir. Three more minutes in microwave, stir.
Each batch makes a pint. So depending on how much you make, that’s how many canning jars you need. I always make at least a double batch because we eat them so quickly! You want your jars to be hot so the hot pickles and liquid don’t crack a cold jar, and so they seal. Pour the pickle mixture into the hot jar and seal. That’s it. Store in refrigerator and enjoy! By the way, these are the bread and butter style pickles. A little sweet, a little tart. You can adjust the sugar to your taste!

 

 

JAMBALAYA

Thanks to Olivia Manning for her Jambalaya recipe, and to Cravebox for their New Orleans Superbowl themed box, my dish was the hit of our Superbowl party! It was both simple to prepare, and delicious! It all started with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix!

 


OCTOBER, 2012: Pumpkin Pie
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I’ve been married thirty years. This is the first time I made homemade pumpkin pie from scratch. It was relatively easy, and very rewarding. I spent an afternoon in the kitchen and loved every minute! From fresh pumpkin, … Homemade pumpkin pie! And, I even roasted the seeds! Yum-O!

I love simple recipes. Few ingredients, easy to follow directions. imageimage

This Blueberry Tart is a prime example. Simple and delicious. And it looks good too!

I have a confession: I’m mildly obsessed with Foodnetwork cooking personalities. Well, mostly their cookbooks and shows. Bobby Flay, Marcela Valladolid, Claire Robinson, and many more. But the recipes I have been cooking most this year, are from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. As soon as I got her first cookbook, I stated, “This is the first cookbook that I’ve owned where I think I would try every single recipe”. I think it is partly due to the fact that there is little seafood in the book, as I am not a big seafood fan. But mostly I think it’s because all of the recipes seem to be no-nonsense, delicious looking, real food that real American families eat. Needless to say, I immediately purchased her second book.

Now I will say that I usually try to cook a little healthier than what is in the cookbook. But for one night a week or so, I think it’s okay to indulge in some food that includes say, real butter, whole milk, or bacon! What’s not to love about bacon? And I also must admit that my favorite recipes are the easiest recipes, like Cherry Limeade,shown here.
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It’s Delicious and Refreshing and great for serving when you have a house full of thirsty guests! Or when you want to make any day a little bit special. I fix it sometimes on the weekends just for us! Well, me. (pp. 114-115, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Food From My Frontier) Oh, and she gives step by step, photographed, directions. And her pictures are way better than mine!

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