Wild Onion Pickle

We are very excited about our new plot at the local community garden.  Visions of red ripe tomatoes, plentiful cucumbers, grillable eggplants, and fresh green beans fill our heads (idealistically, probably).  In an attempt to involve The Brood, we took them to the plot and had them help dig, pull weeds, and plant seeds.  Number…

Collard Update, 2 Weeks In

We have been experimenting with collard greens lately.  Two weeks ago we made a giant batch of collard green kim chee, and last week we pickled the stems.  Now it is time to check on the progress.    

The Rest of the Collards

On 26 March we posted about making collard green kim chee.  One of the steps involved pulling the leafs off of the stems. So the question was, could find any recipes using the stems?

Collard Kim Chee

A while back we went to a really nice brew pub (The Wrecking Bar).  This establishment offered collard green kim chee as a side. Up to the point of ordering dinner, this place had been a home run.  The stone cellar ambiance, the fantastic bar, the kale ale cheese fondue (which we licked from the…

Apple Chutney

I love apples.  I eat them regularly.  I buy big bags of them from my local farmer’s market, and stick them in the fridge, so that i always have some around. Apples are an important part of my snacking regimen. The problem is that invariably one or two will come loose from the bag and…

Cranberry Relish

I love cranberry sauce just as it is.  But when we were making trade items for the November Food Swap, I figured plain wouldn’t cut it.  Researching cranberry relishes, chutneys and sauces is overwhelming!  I ended up combining elements from a couple of recipes.  Some of the seasoning comes from a chutney recipe.  It doesn’t…

Thyme Vinagrette

Well, now it is three weeks after i made the latest batch of thyme vinegar.  Let’s check on it..  Sadly, there really isn’t anything to photograph here that you did not see in the last post.  It is just a sealed bottle with a bunch of thyme seeping in vinegar. The taste, after three weeks,…

Thyme Vinegar

I love thyme.  It has a delightful taste that i liken to lemony oregano.  It goes well in so many things. 5 years ago i had a thyme plant living in a flower pot on the front porch of my condo.  It grew like crazy, and i was swimming in thyme.  Thyme goes bad rather…

Apple Daikon Pickle

David Lebovitz’s pickled radish inspired this variation.  When I read his post, I had nothing but daikon radishes around, and there were some apples that needed to be used.  Then I thought that shallots would be a nice addition.  The tarragon I added with cornichons in mind, as my favorites are made with that herb.  It…

Apple Daikon Pickle

Radishes lend themselves easily to Asian pickling.  My last batch was a quick Japanese pickle in rice vinegar.  I’d never tried a European style until I came across David Lebovitz’s radish pickle recipe.  I didn’t have french breakfast radishes and had used my red radishes already, but I had a daikon radish that had gone…

Crappy Day Pa Jeon

Today I feel puny.  I am looking for a new job and a new place to live, the left side of my face is all kind of nauseating colors from a random softball injury and the weather outside is gray and drizzly.  Oh, woe is me.  Normally I would cook up a big batch of…

Garlic Pickle

I’m a salt person, and Halloween is a sugar holiday.  When trying to figure out things to take to an “appetizers and booze” party, it was a challenge to come up with something seasonal yet savory.  Then PostLibyan reminded me of vampires.  I tend to think that there’s nothing that couldn’t be made better by…