Yearly Archives: 2014

Corn on the Cob, Freezing

Did you know that corn is actually a fruit! Weird, huh?! Given that I no longer seem to have an allergic reaction to fresh sweet corn, I’ve been slowly introducing it back into my diet. I love grilled summer squash with corn and avocado and salty farmer’s cheese like cotija cheese. In trying to prep […]

Homemade Salsa, Canning

Over the summer we’ve tried to make salsa for canning. Now making fresh salsa isn’t that big of a deal. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro, and volià you have fresh salsa. However, when it comes to canning salsa, it is not so easy. We followed a couple of recipes on the Utah State canning guide, […]

Concord Grapes

I know this is WAY late, but I need to get it on my website to document availability for next year. We ended up making concord grape jam that’s so great. Here’s the recipe for our concord grape jam.

Cherry Pie Filling

Couple weeks ago I was just giving myself more work than I could complete in a week. I decided to hunt down tart cherries so I could make my own cherry pie filling. I learned some great things about tart (or sometimes called pie) cherries. Utah is the second largest tart cherry producing state in […]

Rhubarb Custard Pie

I’ve become a multi-tasking master it seems these last few weeks. I’ve been juggling a lot and trying to stay on top of everything that needs to get done. Luckily, I have put in a lot of the effort to have things around the kitchen to make meals a little easier. About a month ago, […]

Apricot Cherry Crisp

UPDATE (August 15, 2014): In my efforts to preserve the harvest, I froze apricots and cherries hoping I could make apricot and cherry crisp later in the year. For the apricots, I simply washed them and sliced them in half to remove the pit. I froze them initially on cookie sheets in my freezer, similar to […]

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

If I see another zucchini, it’ll be all too soon. One zucchini plant is crazy prolific. You wouldn’t believe the insane quantities and size of the vegetables it gives forth. At some point, you are just left standing in your garden laughing uncontrollably out of wonder and amusement. There is definitely no shortage of recipes […]

Homemade Pasta

UPDATE (July 24, 2014): It’s that time of year again when the garden is producing more basil and tomatoes than one can possibly eat! This week we received a bag of fresh basil in our CSA and I wanted to try an experiment. If I added basil to my Cuisinart when I was mixing my pasta dough together, […]

Creamy Pasta with Arugula and Mushrooms

Life’s pretty good when one of your biggest problems is that your kitchen is overrun with fresh fruit and vegetables. It seems to happen to me each year during the summer. I’m completely overwhelmed with having to eat, preserve, store, etc. everything in my kitchen. Letting food rot to be thrown in the trash can […]

Green Beans, Canning

Here’s a practical and easy technique for preserving green beans from your garden. This entire post is going to be one long pro-tip on how to pressure can your green beans, so you can enjoy them throughout the year. If you go back and look at my first post about preserving the harvest (see here), […]

Apricots from Phelps Fruit and Berry Farm

Ryan and I were sitting at home trying to figure out what to do for the evening. We were still tired from a weekend backpacking trip, so going for a hike didn’t seem too thrilling. I checked out my local farmers via Facebook and saw this wonderful photo of apricots. Bingo. We needed to go […]

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Ha ha I’m going to gross you out! Do you know how maraschino cherries are actually made? Take a light-colored sweet cherry, like the Rainier cherry, and soak them in a sulfur dioxide and calcium chloride mixture to bleach the fruit. Sulfur dioxide if inhaled or ingested will cause breathing difficulty and eventually with enough […]