Sweet Heat

It’s been a busy and bountiful summer.  I’ve canned the usual – pickles, beets, salsa, tomatoes, etc. but nothing new or interesting until now.
Thanks to some inspiration from my niece (amongst the empty canning jars she returned was one with a peach salsa label on it – and a note “This was really good!”  Hint, [...]

 Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The challenge:  make a homemade barbecue sauce that’s not too sweet, that’s tangy-mustardy like a Memphis-style sauce, and can be put up using a boiling water bath.
I’m almost there.
I despise finding huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup in food, especially as the number one ingredient.  Before our preferred brand of store-bought barbecue sauce became [...]

 All Shapes and Sizes

I think one of the best things about growing tomatoes (other than eating them, of course) is the myriad of shapes, sizes and colors.  Each has its own unique quirks and personality.

Some are perfectly round.

Some are Short Round.

Long and fat.

We have hearts…


and just downright ugly.
Maybe one of these days, I can show you different colors.  [...]