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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Home Canned Salsa

Today a basket of peppers, chilis and tomatoes that someone graciously shared with me became 14 beautiful pints of salsa. The process began with roasting peppers and ended with boiling the pints. All told, it probably took about 3 hours. The herbs and spices were already in the cupboard, as was the tomato paste. Onions were the only ingredient that had to be purchased just for this recipe...and if you are growing them, maybe this will be an almost free thing for you.

Home Canned Salsa:
6 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped roasted chili peppers (or you can use 1 small can~ I have done both)
1 small can tomato paste
1 chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
2 Tbls sugar
2 Tbls vinegar (because tomatoes just aren't acidic enough these days to be completely safe in a boiling bath)
Combine all ingredients and simmer for about 90 minutes. Pour into clean pint jars. Adjust prepared lids and boil for 15 minutes. visit frugal friday, food on friday, friday feasts, foodie friday, grocery cart recipe challenge and family recipe friday

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Italian Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash

This was originally posted in October 2008, when I first started blogging. I thought it may come in handy for some gardeners this year. It is absolutely delish!
Tonight I made Italian Sausage over Spaghetti Squash. My spaghetti squash this year was extra orange with beta carotene. The grocery stores called it orangetti.
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 small onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can Great Northern beans, drained
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 can Italian tomatoes (I used fresh)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
1 medium spaghetti squash
Cut the squash in half. Scoop out the insides, prick the skin and lay it cut side down in a glass pan. Pour 1/2 cup water over it and cover. Microwave 15 minutes or until done. Scoop out strands and place on platter. Meanwhile (or maybe first!) brown sausage in a pan, drain. Add onion, pepper and garlic and cook until onions are almost done. Add the zucchini, beans, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Pour over the spaghetti squash and serve.
I normally don't care about presentation but this is one pretty dish!
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Spam Fried Rice

Spam might be an aquired taste. But! It's cheap and it is easy to use. I have found ways to use it that are hits in my family. These recipes camouflage the spaminess. Fried rice is an easy Sunday dinner. I start the rice in my cooker just before we leave for church. I also cook the vegetables and spam before we leave. When we get home, I put the refrigerated veggies and meat in a pan, heat them up, add the still warm rice and then add the egg. It goes together in about 15 minutes; just enough time for all of the kiddos to be out of their church clothes and gathered around the table with forks in hand.
1 Tbls oil
1 chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
2-3 large carrots, chopped or sliced
any other vegetables that need to be used up
1 can Spam, diced
2 cups rice cooked with 4 cups water
2 eggs, beaten
2-3 Tbls soy sauce
Heat oil, saute onion, garlic and vegetables until soft. Add spam, heat through (I like mine a bit browned) Add cooked rice and soy sauce. When warmed, add beaten egg. It's done when the egg is cooked. Add more soy sauce to taste.

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