You Say Tomato, I say Tommotto!

Tomato, tommotto, the same thing right!

This year our little thumbs turned a lil green, we are proud to say we can grow things! Tomatoes are in abundance over here in this yard, as well as jalapeños, that will be for another post! I have quickly discovered you can pickle/can tomatoes, and make wonderful dishes like this Gruyere Tomato Tart I am about to share with you!

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Thanks to the Food Network Magazine subscription, I tried this tasty dish on the weekend. It was a HIT! I am glad I made 2 of them for our family dinner of 7.

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I used a variety of our cherry tomatoes plus our larger variety tomato. Along with our fresh herbs, it was beautiful to look at and tasty in our mouths. I highly recommend trying this, and change up the cheeses bit, I added a spicy cheese!

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Have I got your mouth watering yet!?

Here is the simple recipe!

Roll out 1 thawed puff pastry sheet in to a 10 x 14 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface; transfer to a  parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese, leaving a 2-inch border on the long sides. Top with 4 sliced crumbled cooked bacon, 3 thinly sliced tomatoes, 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Fold in long sides; cut vents in the pastry. Fold in 1/2 inch of the short ends, pinching to seal. Brush the pastry with 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water. Bake at 400 until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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Peachy Sunday

Ahhhh Sundays in the summer, I love them! Living in beautiful British Columbia, summers are wonderful for our fresh fruit. I have had it on my mind for a while now to make a peach pie. and I had come across many recipes while scrolling through Pinterest. When someone asks me about Pinterest, 2 words, Life Changing!

I am crazy about my recipe book Butter Baked Goods, it has the best recipes, and is my go to for the pie crust recipe. I don’t believe in store bought crusts!If you follow my on Instagram, I mentioned that I would share my Peach Pie recipe that I used today. Of course, I think that I always need to double my recipes, I really need to remember that it’s just the 2 of us now!

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There is something about vintage Corning Ware that I just love!

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Here is the link for the recipe I used today, it was a bit runnier than I anticipated, I would perhaps add 2 more Tbsp of cornstarch to the recipe.

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What do you like to make with peaches!?

Summer Lovin’

Yes, summer lovin’! I love the sunshine, the activities that come with summer time, and of course the fresh fruit and veggies that are so abundant around here at this time of year. I must admit, I do have a slight addiction to canning and mason jars! I guess it’s not a dangerous type of addiction that can cause harm, so I am safe!

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love my sign from Typo shop in Australia!

Currently I have 30 pounds of cabbage fermenting for another 5-6 weeks to make my own sauerkraut as well. I haven’t tried it before, so I am curious how it will turn out. This morning I came across a recipe for Peach Pie Moonshine, so it has me thinking I should try this next, along with some more mustards and a Siracha sauce of my own. We have an abundance of peppers growing in our yard and I will make use of them!

Here I wanted to share a couple of my canned goods from the past couple of weeks.

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Some yummy mediterranean style mushrooms, pickled beets, cranberry siracha pepper jelly and blackberry jelly!

Here is a little glimpse of some of the stock downstairs!

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Butter Baked Goodness!

We are going to be hit with a cold front the weather man tells us, this coming week. It’s hard to believe as I look outside, it’s clear and autumn looking. I guess it is December 28th, it is winter!

When I hear cold weather is coming, my insides are excited, this means wearing cozy slippers, blankets wrapped around me and reading a  good book (preferably a cook book) and making soup! I have this love of making homemade soup. Like I mentioned, it’s December 28th, so with the leftover hambone from Christmas, I made my first ever pea soup. Pea soup has always kind of scared me, it is green, thick and has PEAS!!! I have always told myself that I do not like peas, really, I have not given them a fair shake. Also with the turkey carcass, on the stove top right now is a turkey noodle soup.

Well we can’t have a soup without a scone or a biscuit, so immediately I went to my Butter Baked Cookbook, that I am absolutely in love with. I wish I could give it to everyone as a gift, but the banker tells me I can’t! Instead I will share the link with you, and tell you that this book is AMAZINGSAUCE!!!

The fragrant smell of my soup is accompanied with the wonderful smell of the Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones today.  This recipe must be tried by all of you!

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The bacon used today was scrumptious, who doesn’t enjoy bacon!

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Margarine is something you will NOT find in my kitchen. I decided about 5 years ago that this was something that does not belong in my fridge. Growing up my mother was not much of a baker, and I never recall seeing actual butter in our house. I remember that there was always a tub of Country Crock, which I think is a cheap version of margarine.

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Once your dough is mixed, it will feel a little wet and sticky, but that is the way it should feel. Transfer to a flour surface and roll out. It really is a beautiful sight!

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Once the egg wash and cheese have been put on the cut pieces, in to the oven it goes.

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Voila, here are the finished products, and they are soooo yummy!!

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I also just had to add a picture of the turkey soup that is on my stove top right now, it too smells AMAZING!

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I would love to hear about some of your favourite winter recipes!

Roasted Garlic Soup

Last year I decided top subscribe to the Food Network’s Magazine for my husband. He enjoys reading the magazine and trying new recipes too, but I honestly think I am the one who anxiously awaits it in the mail every month. I could easily have a magazine addiction, and the smile it brings me to open my mailbox and see it sitting there is one of those small ‘happy moments’ in life.

For those of you who know me, I love recipes, trying them and sharing them. Anything from homemade marshmallows to cakes to soups or canning, I love creating in the kitchen! If I could do this all day and every day, and bring in a paycheque from it, I would do it!

Fall is my favourite season, it’s the crispness in the air, the leaves changing and soup season. Yesterday I found a new recipe from my Food Network magazine for Roasted Garlic Soup. I must admit, I was nervous about the amount of garlic it called for at first. The house was fragrant while the garlic roasted, it would have kept all vampires away!

I cannot wait to dig in for leftover soup, it may be my breakfast this morning. This soup was loved by the family, and I will definitely be making it again. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

The recipe can be found here.

I tripled the recipe to make a large pot for our family!

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Sweet & Spicy in the Kitchen!

Does Sweet & Spicy in the kitchen come to mind when you think of the word cowboy? How about Cowboy Candy!

My husband planted jalapeño plants this year, and to my surprise it has just thrived in our backyard. I was baffled as to what I was going to do with all these peppers. With canning constantly on my mind, I thought there must be something I can do with jalapeños.  After not much searching, I came across Cowboy candy, and heck, if it has the word ‘cowboy’ in it, I am SOLD! Ahhhh a cowboy….sorry back to the topic here, sweet & spicy.

I tend to go a little overboard when creating some dishes, for example I think 10 lbs of potatoes are needed for a family of 4 for a mashed potato dinner for one night. The jalapeños were no different, I need more! I called around to some local ‘homegrown’ veggie shacks and hit the jackpot at this little well established farm in the neighbouring community, called Wong’s.  I had a 20 lb box of jalapeños plus ours from the plants of my hubby’s. It was now time to get down to business. First and foremost, I needed a pair of latex gloves for this job, as I know from watching others, your hands with BURN if you are slicing multiples.

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With my recipe in hand from Old World Garden Farms I was ready! I knew from the moment I had started chopping that I should have purchased the Kitchen Aid 13 cup food processor for all the chopping, that I had been so mesmerized with on the shopping channel!

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During the process of boiling the liquid, I was a bit concerned with the colour, but not to worry if you do make this recipe, it works out, and does not stay orange, your jars will look beautiful.

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All jars sealed, which is always music to my ears. The delight it brings me when this happens! And the smile in my heart to see my shelves being filled with the preserves from my kitchen. I just love doing this with my daughter, as she takes what she learns to can for her husband in the future.

I cannot wait to try this sweet and spicy treat on burgers, dogs, crackers and cheese, in chili’s and whatever else I can find!

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