My Sweet Marie

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I don’t know about you but I like a little garlic bread now and then, even if it is gluten-free! I cannot tolerate butter and margarine is not exactly a great option so here’s my latest stab at a garlic spread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (virgin)
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2-5 cloves of garlic depending on your taste and size of cloves.
  • 1 tsp dry parsley flakes

Whip up all ingredients, using a immersion blender or food processor till fluffy. Use as you would any garlic butter. Spread on toast, use for shrimp au gratin etc. Refrigerate to keep firmer.

 

Enjoy!

 

It’s that time of year where I cook up a storm in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. I make my Christmas cake, my pepper jelly and sometime my antipasto. The antipasto is awesome for when you get that unexpected company and you have nothing to feed them, you just go in the cupboard or fridge, pull out the antipasto and grab a few crackers and ta-da, instant appetizer. It also makes a great gift for those hard to buy folks! Here’s what you need to do:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spanish onion chopped finely
  • 3 cans chopped mushrooms, drained
  • 500 grams of cut green beans, chopped small
  • 2 x 13oz jars pickled onions, chopped
  • 48 oz jar of sweet mixed pickles chopped
  • 16 oz can/jar of black or green olives
  • 500 grams of cauliflowerettes (I use frozen, easy to chop too!)
  • 4 x 6oz cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 28 oz tin of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 48 oz bottle of ketchup
  • 300g bag of frozen mini shrimp or canned

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients except tuna and shrimp, into a large pot.
  2. boil for 30 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the fish in.
  4. Stir and simmer another 30 minutes.
  5. Pour into hot jars with sterile lids.
  6. Store in a cool dark place!
  7. enjoy as an appetizer with crackers, baguettes etc.
  8. give as a gift for the hostess too!
  9. You can do less mushrooms and more olives if that’s your thing!

 

 

 

Recently I started a new job, the best part you ask? It’s part-time! I love it, I work with great people and I get all kinds of time to do the things I love. One of the things I love to do? Cooking and then there’s writing about cooking…I could go on! today I made a large batch of salsa and it tastes and smells amazing, can’t wait to dig in! Here’s how I did it!

Ingredients:

  •  5 lbs chopped tomatoes
  • 4 lbs chopped peaches
  • 2 .5 lbs chopped pears
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 Spanish onion chopped
  • 4-6  jalapeño peppers, finely chopped; seeding is optional
  • 1 head finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 limes zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup (50 ml) white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) liquid honey
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chile powder

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare your jars, you’ll need 12 pints(500ml)
  2.  Wash, seed and coarsely chop tomatoes; drain off excess liquid; Blanch, peel, pit/core and chop peaches and pears.
  3. In a large stock pot, combine tomatoes, peaches, pears, red pepper, onion and jalapeño peppers. Bring to a boil. Add cilantro, lime zest and juice,  vinegar,spices and honey; boil gently 5 minutes.
  4.  Ladle salsa into a hot jar to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more salsa. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining salsa.
  5. When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time.  process –boil filled jars – 20 minutes.
  6.  When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. ( I cover my counter with a large heavy blanket and use to protect my counter and keep the jars warm longer). Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  7. After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed.  Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year. Like it’ll last a year!!
  8. enjoy with nachos or over top chicken, or  use to make an awesome chicken taco salad! How will you use your salsa?

 

 

 

Have you considered making some homemade salsa and can it for future purposes? here’s a recipe that I’ve made in the past and think I will do again this summer. let me know how yours turns out! My brother Andre wrote to me and asked for a recipe and that stirred me on! I guess he has a good crop this year, you go Andre! Here it is! Feel free to vary your onions and peppers in any colour or heat you prefer! My recipe is just a guideline for you all!

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 white onions, chopped (or vidalia or combo)
  • 6 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 banana peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • 3 green bell peppers, chopped(or red)
  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder or 5-6 cloves fresh
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 pint canning jars with lids and rings
 

Directions

    1. Combine red onion, white onion, yellow onion, tomatoes, banana peppers, green and jalapenos peppers, tomato paste, white vinegar, garlic powder, cilantro,salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large pot. Simmer until thick, about 3 hours.
    2. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the salsa into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
    3. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 to 15 minutes.
    4. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all).