• Canning,  Cooking

    Tomato Soup from Home Canned Tomatoes

    Remember these? All those beautiful jars of tomatoes you picked, peeled, and packed this summer? They’re ready to come off the pantry shelves and into tonight’s dinner. January is the month where most locavores start eating down the freezer, cold storage, and pantry shelves in preparation for spring. I know, I haven’t lost my mind. It’s still January. My friends all roll their eyes at me, but I’m seriously counting the days! Once we’re past the holidays, the garden starts calling! My favorite way to think spring in the middle of January is to make a meal from ingredients I stored from last year’s growing season. Tonight we’re having classic…

  • Canning,  Cooking

    How To Can Tomatoes

    When it comes to making messes in the kitchen, I am The Queen of Disarray. Sometimes the kitchen partner will come home to layers of dirty dishes and pans, flour in my hair and down the front of my apron, and vegetable peelings on the floor where I seemed to have missed the garbage can every time. “Whatcha up to?” he’ll ask, trying not to laugh at my disaster. “Oh, just trying out this new thing I saw on Pinterest,” I’ll answer back and continue on my merry mess-making. He grabs a dish towel and starts trailing behind me. The guy is a saint for the number of times he’s…

  • Canning,  Cooking

    Vegetable Soup Day

    The kitchen partner and I spent Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin, visiting family and relaxing after a busy August.  A long summer weekend wouldn’t be complete without a canning project though. There’s just so many tasty things available now, it’s hard not to preserve anything we can get our hands on.  I try not to draw attention to it, but today I noticed just a few more leaves with a yellow tinge on my drive home.  Fall is creeping in and the season’s canning days are numbered. Thankfully, this project involved everyone in the family–a regular ‘ole vegetable soup day. It started by raiding my parents’ garden for the…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    ELC Day #31- Baked Eggs in Two-Cheese Tomato Cups

    I’m still in disbelief that today is the last day in August and the end of the Eat Local America Challenge.  31 days, 614 photos, and 27 recipes later, the blog has hit a few milestones this month.  Crossed the 100 post mark earlier this week, became a finalist in CBS’s Minnesota Most Valuable Blogger award, and as of this writing have had more than 9,400 unique views.  No small feat for a wannabe foodie.  Many thanks to all of you who have checked in to see all the month’s dishes.  In case you missed any, here’s a recap of all the great local dishes the kitchen partner and I…