Beyond the Bluebook Canning Book
Chowhounds are a unique lot....they raise it up a notch on everything they cook & now is the time for all of us to share those special recipes for taking fruits & veggies & creating something wonderful. And we can be smug in the fact that when the cold winds are blowing & we long for a taste of summer, our taste buds will be rewarded. So go forth with your market basket, seek out summer's bounty, come home, pour yourself a glass of wine, dig through those recipes,post a couple of them for us to share & then get to work creating magic. As you read the other posts, think about having a stash of goodies for gift giving too. In case you have gotten a little fuzzy from the wine & can't come up with anything...look over the list below & see what sparks your imagination. Or, just wait a while & a fellow chowperson will reward you with one of their recipes. Oh yes, tell us how you package your treasure for unique gift giving.
DRIED - FRUITS, LEATHERS, BERRIES, TOMATOES, HERBS
PICKLED - GINGER, PEACHES, PEPPERS
PRESERVES & JELLIES - ANY FRUIT OR VEGGIE
SAUCES & OILS - PASTA, HERB, CHINESE OILS
RELISHES, CHUTNEYS, CONDIMENTS, GRANOLA
CORDIALS, LIQUEURS, LIMONCELLO
RUBS, SPICE BLENDS
I will get the ball rolling by sharing this one....
HERBS de PROVENCE
This fragrant mixture is fun to package in tiny containers like pottery crocks, tiny flower pots or clear plastic cubes. Of course a simple spice jar with a fancy printed label is great.
3 T. dried marjoram
3 T. dried thyme
3 T. dried summer savory
1 T. basil
1 1/2 t. dried rosemary, crumbled
1/2 t. dried sage
1/2 t. fennel seeds
Combine all ingredients & if gift giving, include a note tied around container saying -
Use when flavoring soups, stocks, meats, poultry & cheese spreads.
You might have to purchase one or more of these ingredients if they are not available for drying.
SLANG JANG makes about 3 cups
This is a chunky uncooked relish, fast & fresh....try it on top a bowl of fresh cooked black eyed peas or any other beans for that matter
1 large, very ripe tomato, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped fairly fine
1 med green bell pepper, chopped
1 med onion, chopped
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 whole dried cayenne or chile de arbol, crumbled
Combine all ingredients & mix well. Try a spoonful & adjust to your liking