Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Pickled Peppers

Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos - easy and no processing needed!

I love summer when the living is easy…gardening, grilling and maybe even a little light canning. I’m not about putting up quarts of tomatoes (although you should see how many plants we put in, lol!) but I do tinker with small batches of something special. Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Jalapenos fit the bill & bonus…they go right in the fridge and don’t have to be “processed.”

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

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Spicy Tomato Jam

Spicy Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam: a little sweet a little spice; this has personality, Spread it anywhere ketchup goes and a few places ketchup doesn't dare!

Talk about persistent, and maybe a bit coy, tomato jam came on slow for me. Before it began to whisper my name, I’d see it here and there, maybe on Pinterest, sometimes on Facebook and I think it even showed up now and again on our weekly Throwback Thursday link party.

Spicy Tomato Jam

Spicy Tomato Jam

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Garden Chili Sauce - small batch, 4 pints

Garden Chili Sauce

This is gonna blow you away!!

In honor of the upcoming New Year’s (and to use up a bag of black eyed peas and a couple of ham hocks languishing in my freezer) I decided to make Black Eyed Peas. And there is no better accompaniment to Black Eyed Peas than a my home-made Chili Sauce.

Garden Chili Sauce - small batch, 4 pints

Garden Chili Sauce – small batch, 4 pints

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Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus

Pickling vegetables, almost any vegetable, is a simple process, and Asparagus is no exception. A jar or two for the fridge can be made in literally minutes, no “canning” or “processing” required. If you can boil water, you can make these fantastic jars of Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus. It’s that simple.

Bloody Mary – Overnight, assorted relishes.

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Beet Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

The Beet Goes on Salad

The Vinaigrette is so good you'll want to drink it!!

Some of you (yes, you know who you are, baby sis and big bro!) may have heard me waxing on poetically about the humble beet. I love them and am always looking for ways to add them in to my diet when they’re available at the grocery or farmer’s market.

Beet Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

The Beet Goes On Salad

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