Preserving Analysis, Summer-Fall 2017

September 24, 2017

Good stuff: Fresh tomato sauce, cooked and frozen Conserva di pomodori (homemade tomato paste), salted and oil-topped in fridge, no-salt in freezer Sundried tomatoes Bruschetta in a jar (only make one recipe though, we won’t eat it fast enough) Basil pesto, frozen (trade/give away most of it, we eat it but produce far more than […]

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Weekly Homestead Report (9/11/17-9/18/17)

September 24, 2017

Weather: Still in the 90s. What can I say? It’s September in SoCal. Harvested: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, roasting peppers, French strawberries, raspberries (a few). Cooked: Baba ghanoush. What we’re eating: ham and green onion quiche, baba ghanoush, lots of leftovers — why? We’re headed out of town. That’s why this post is late […]

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Weekly Homestead Report (Sept 4 – 11, 2017)

September 11, 2017

Weather: Thankfully a little cooler. Still humid. Someone tell the weatherrman I want a refund. Harvested: Tomatoes (roughly sixteen pounds’ worth), zucchini, bell peppers, basil, eggplants — about ten! Must be headed toward fall. Cooked: Marinated zucchini with garlic, hot peppers, and basil, conserva di pomidori,  yogurt. Ate mostly leftovers this week. There will be […]

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Weekly Homestead Report (August 28-September 4, 2017)

September 4, 2017

Weather: Scorching! Highs in the 100°F+ zone, lows in the high 60°Fs. No rain in sight. Normal for this time of year, but erk. Fire season. Hoping things stay calm. Cooked: Healthy apple crumble with apples from Volcan Valley Farm — twice!, Nectarine and Beet Salad with Pistachio Dressing (adapted from Eating Well), tomato and eggplant […]

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I have a confession to make.

September 1, 2017

I write in my cookbooks. Shock. Horror. And you should too. No one is going to judge you for that. In fact, if for some reason your cookbook ends up being given to someone else, they’ll probably be delighted to see your notes. I know I always am when I find a used cookbook. Why? […]

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It’s Apple Season!

August 31, 2017

Here in southern California, apple season has just hit full stride. We don’t have any apple trees at our place, so we hauled ourselves off to Julian this past weekend. Ah, Julian. A picturesque town in the mountains, known for Girl Scout camps, Boy Scout camps, church camps — did we mention camping? — and […]

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Weekly Homestead Report

August 28, 2017

Picked this week: tomatoes (oh goodness so many tomatoes), zucchini, Italian roasting peppers, a few strawberries and raspberries, apples at Volcan Valley Apple Farm (full post coming later when I have time to sit down) Preserved: bruschetta in a jar (Ball canning), kimchee kraut (The Joy of Pickling), apple liqueur Traded: tomatoes for homemade bread, […]

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Theme under construction

August 26, 2017

The WordPress update borked my site and made my theme disappear. I’m working on fixing it, please stand by!

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Dealing Tomatoes out of a ’95 Tercel

August 24, 2017

You ever have one of those days where you look at your garden and go “well … shoot”?  I hit “overrun with tomatoes” more than once this summer. I made over a gallon of dried tomatoes. Three quarts of roasted tomatoes. Two batches of conserva. Two gallons of tomato sauce that went into the freezer. […]

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This is a test of the emergency broadcast system —

May 10, 2017

Well, no, not really. Actually, it’s a check to see if my nifty WordPress app is crossposting to Tumblr correctly. Fingers crossed, it is. If you’re a Tumblr fan, you can find me over there at http://auntiepasto.tumblr.com. Where’ve I been? Busy. With about a bajillion things. Drainage ditch did get cleared. Veggie beds did get […]

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