This last week was something of a strange one for me. I got back from Fayetteville on Monday evening, planning to have an intensely productive week. But then, on Tuesday my computer took a glass of water to the logic board and all bets were off. My husband set me up on an old machine so that I could work some, but the whole thing threw me for a major loop.
I think there were some good lessons in there about slowing down (maybe that would have prevented the accident in the first place) and giving myself a break (I am notoriously bad at relaxing), but it was an uncomfortable way to learn. Happily, the computer is back from the Apple spa and I feel like I’m cooking with gas (technologically speaking, at least). Now, links!
- Quick pickled figs for eating with cheese.
- For my fellow Le Creuset obsessives. Did you hear that they are bringing back the classic Loewy coquelle?
- Late summer canning and a peach clafoutis.
- Curried yellow tomato chutney. Kaela always makes the best stuff.
- Buckwheat waffles. These will be in my very near future.
- I have a stash of peaches on my dining table that are finally perfectly ripe. This German peach pie speaks to me.
- Thoughts on growing and preserving sweet peppers.
- I’ve been itching to make a nice teacake to toast for breakfast. This fruity loaf sounds ideal.
- Tips for dehydrating tomatoes. I really want to get at least one batch of Kristina’s marinated dehydrated tomatoes made this year.
- Speaking of tomatoes, this salsa recipe looks like it’s a winner.
- And while we’re on the topic of salsa, get yourself some tomatillos and make a batch of roasted salsa.
The winners of last week’s Spice Ratchet Blossom uCap are…
Congratulations to all the winners! And for all of you who didn’t win, stay tuned. I’ll have another fun giveaway up tomorrow!
I just wanted to let you know I love your blog, I’ve been reading it for a long time. I must admit that when I first found it I had had to read back through all of your old posts. I love to can for the joy of knowing what I’m feeding my family, being creative, and having great tasting food in the middle of winter. I’m so excited to have won your give away. Keep up the good work and spreading the word about canning, and I look forward to your 3rd cookbook. If you ever make it around Salem, Oregon doing any classes or talks I would love to meet you.
Hi Marissa, love your blog and have followed you for a long time. I dehydrate tomatoes every year. My recipe is a bit different but quite good. I will try the one you posted. I have done the tomatoes in the oven, too. I usually just pop them in before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning. Sometimes a little later.
Oh my goodness, so glad your computer is back and healthy! What a huge bummer! That would totally have thrown me off.
And thanks for mentioning the pickled figs!!
Congrats to all the winners. I am looking at the pickled fig recipe!
I’m still mourning the loss of the figs here in the Mid-Atlantic. They’ll recover eventually, but no real fig harvest this year. That was one of the reasons I taught myself to can (with MUCH help from you!) — I wanted to make fig preserves!!!
Glad to hear the computer troubles are solved. But yes, slowing down is always good. I ended up with many more peaches than planned this year, so got to do a lot of the Salted Brown Sugar Peach Jam in Preserving by the Pint. It’s fine as jam, but incredibly delicious on top of vanilla ice cream. ( And especially when that ice cream is sitting on top of a wedge of peach galette). So pull out a jar and some ice cream and just relax!
“apple spa” is very accurate 🙂 thanks for the waffle love, marisa! I’ve already made them again since posting them. They’re quickly becoming a fav.