A Summer Side…

Tomatoes, basil and fresh corn, three of my favorites! So when I came across this Caprese salad recipe I had to make it. We are the supposed ‘corn capital’ here in our area. I don’t know what area we span, BC, Canada, North America! But we do take pride in our local corn. Personally my favourite is the Super Sweet variety sold at the Sparke’s Corn barns. You can find a “Chilliwack Corn Stand” at every corner from July-September here, so one does not have to go far for the sweet ingredient in this salad!

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INGREDIENTS

½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
4 medium size ears fresh corn , husked and silk removed
3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, (I use multi coloured)
2 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved and sliced in to ¼ inch slices
3 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced into ¼ inch cubes or 3 ounces of Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 medium clove garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup small fresh basil leaves, if you don’t have small leaves, roughly chop enough larger leaves to equal ¼ cup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves*** (optional)

Boil the ears of corn for 2-3 minutes, remove from water and cool.
When corn is cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs. Discard cobs.
Combine tomatoes, corn and fresh mozzarella in a medium size bowl.
For the dressing combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well.
Add 2-3 tablespoons dressing to tomato/corn mixture and stir gently to combine. Taste and add more dressing and additional kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, if needed

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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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Fresh Strawberry Heaven!

This time of year gets me very excited with all the wonderful berries that are coming in to season. I start researching well in advance as to what I can make that’s new with the local berries that are coming out.

Today was the first trip of 2015 to the strawberry patch! Today little bird and baby bird came with me to get some berries. After a recommendation, we decided to try a new berry patch, Krause Farms in Aldergrove. We arrived around 10 am, and the parking lot was nearly full, so of course a little panic set in, are there any berries left!?

Lucky for us there were!  Although it was somewhat picked over, we did manage to pick what we needed. IMG_7848IMG_7857

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Once I got home, it was time to make something yummy for dessert with the strawberries. I am always wanting to try new recipes, and I hit the jackpot on this one. I found this cute little blog that has everything on it that I love! Here is a link to her recipe for the Strawberry Pie. Of course it said you could use a store bought pie shell, but that is kind of against my baking religion! I resort to my old stand by recipe from Butter Baked Goods for a pie shell. Of course I use Rogers flour, I have to support where papa bird works!

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I must say, if you have fresh strawberries handy, try this recipe, it is delicious and simple. Papa bird who doesn’t like pies, really enjoyed it!!!

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If you have a favourite berry recipe, please share!!!