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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Recipes from Anna's Garden

It's finally here!  The long awaited harvest! The payoff is finally sitting on my kitchen counter tops.  Waiting for the harvest takes some patience.  I though I would share some of my favorite recipes I use.  Maybe you have an over abundance of zucchini from those super prolific plants. Or maybe you need some salsa know how. 


Zucchini Bisque

4 medium zucchini, shreadded
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh basil, minced
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

In a large saucepan, saute zucchini & onion in butter for 5-6 minutes.  Stir in broth.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 12-15 minutes.  Cool slightly.  Transfer to a food processor or blender.  Process on low until smooth.. Return to saucepan.  Stir in the cream, salt, basil, pepper and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat & simmer, uncovered for 1-2 minutes.

This recipe is a big hit in my family.  It freezes well also.

Tomato Salsa for Canning

4 cups tomatoes chopped
2 cups seeded, chopped long green chiles
1/2 cup seeded, chopped jalapeno peppers
3/4 cup chopped onions
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 cups vinegar
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano leaves
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Ladle hot mixture into pint jars, leaving one-half inch head-space.  Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes.  Yields about 4 pint.

Radish Relish for Canning

1 pound radishes
1/2 pound celery stalks
1 cup sweet onions
2 hot red peppers
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp mustard seed
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dill seed
Vinegar to cover

Grind radishes, celery and onion coarsely.  Seed peppers and dice.  Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cover with a layer of vinegar and let stand for 3 hours.  Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.  Pour into pint jars and water bath can for 5-10 minutes. Makes about 2 pints.

Dill Pickles for Canning

1 quart cider vinegar
2 quart water
1/2 cup pickeling salt
Dill
Dried red peppers
Garlic cloves

Pack jars with cucumber, dill, red peppers and garlic cloves.  Heat cider vinegar, pickeling salt and water to rolling boil.  Add to jars.  Option 1: flip jars over to seal and then return to upright on counter. Option 2: water bath can for 10 minutes.  Wait about 3 weeks to open and enjoy pickles!

Happy Garden Harvest Season!

The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Psalm 85:12

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

July Joy Dare

Join me in counting the gifts: July Joy Dare
541. A hug
542. A welcoming dog tail
543. Soft sheets on the bed
544. A.W. Tozer
545. Jesus Calling
546. Rooted in Good Soil
547. 1 year post cancer!
548. Time away - creating memories
549. Celebrated in the body of Christ
550. Necklace with USA stars
551. Whip cream
552. Blueberries in my pie
553. Memorizing scripture
554. Weed control
555. Taking vitamins
556. Winnie of the horse
557. Dog tails thumping on wood floor
558. Kids splashing in pool
559. Motherhood
560. Unresolved - pealing the layers off
561. Sunday School
562. Swimming lessons
563. Fun in the Son days at church
564. Pastor Jackie's homemade slip-n-slide
565. Ticking clock
566. (Rhyme)
567. (Reason)
568. Apologizing again
569. Opportunity for prayer
570. Grace abounds
571. Golden plum jam
572. Mom's canned cherries
573. Coins - saving for a rainy day
574. Second chances
575. Watching the garden mature
576. Aging parents
577. My hair curling & flipping out
578. The hem of my favorite jean skirt
579. Leaves about to open
580. Yellow Labrador Clancy
581. Golden yellow wheat fields
582. Butterflies in the garden
583. The original stone tablets - 10 commandments
584. Foundation of the house
585. Rock piles along fence lines
586. Ceiling fan
587. Basket of flowers
588. Branches of trees
589. Laugh at myself
590. When to ask for help
591. How to wait in the Lord
592. Borrowing my sisters guitar
593. Children singing
594. Christian radio
595. Pumpkin roll
596. Bread
597. Cake
598. Sun rays beaming through the front window blinds
599. Boys playing with flash lights
600.
601. Sharing kid stories
602. Mom teachable moments
603. Reading books
604. The air we breathe
605. Health
606. Friends
607. Bird nest in the tree
608. Humility on my knees
609. Mom
610. Remembering Hawaii sand
611. Tractors digging in the garden dirt
612. All sticky between my toes
613. VBS week
614. End of a long day
615. Last chapter of a book
616. Tomatoes off the vine
617. Blueberries
618. Paint
619. Rest
620. My bed
621. Quiet
622. This day
623. New habit
624. Serving
625. Watering the chickens
626. Dinner
627. Children praying
628. Podcast Jesus Culture
629. Phone call from an old friend
630. Speaking truth in love
631. Saying No
632. Keeping organized