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Watermelon=Summer and a couple of other interesting things... Watermelon is considered a pepo (pronounced peepoh) meaning a one celled, many seeded berry that has a hard rind. Other pepos are pumpkin, squash, and cucumber. The watermelon supposedly originated in Southern Africa and is now considered native to Northern and Western... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at peabrain
I have been semi-slowing down on canning because it is hot as hell in my kitchen! However, I did work on Watermelon Jelly last week and it came out fantastic(ly)! That will be my next post. Others to look out for: Pickled Golden Beets, Rhubarb Jelly, Strawberry Jam, BBQ Sauce,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at peabrain
The Chelada! Ah, how I think of the sun and warmer days... We enjoyed many a Chelada in Cost Rica. There are a bunch of variations of this one, from the Cuban which has Tabasco and Worcestershire, to the Mexican version with Salsa. Quite refreshing when you are drenched in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at peabrain
Salsa Verde's main ingredient is the Tomatillo! The tomatillo has it's roots in Aztec culture and is presently used heavily in Mexican cooking, noted for it's uniquely tart/citrus flavor. The flavor profile of the tomatillo can be altered to create some interesting flavors. For example, raw or uncooked tomatillos will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at peabrain
Apple Chutney (adapted from Put 'em Up!) Ingredients: 2 cups apple cider vinegar 4 apples, cored and peeled (I used a combo of gala and red delicious) 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed 1 cup finely diced onions 1 cup dried raisins (you can use dried cranberries too!) 1 tbsp... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at peabrain
Marmalade Boy is a television show in Japan. The main character, Miki says her love, Yuu (aka Marmalade boy) has lots of bitter bits but is sweet on the outside. Marmalade is a bitter fruit preserve made from the peel, juice, and flesh of fruit (usually citrus), boiled together with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at peabrain
Since I woke up to this; the biggest, most exciting snow storm aftermath in years! I couldn't help but think of my trip to Stanley's 3 days prior... Stanley's Fruit and Vegetable Market-an urban oasis for us frigid city dwellers. Carts of oranges in late January/early February, reminding me of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at peabrain
Fruit Curd is a traditional English dessert spread or topping usually made with the juice and zest of citrus fruit, egg yolks, sugar, and butter. In the late 19th and early 20th century, homemade lemon curd was served with afternoon tea in England atop bread or scones. Lemon Curd is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at peabrain
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Jan 26, 2011