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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kitchen Notebook

I have been going back through my notebook that I keep in the kitchen where I write new recipes. The funny thing is that I did not even realize I was writing recipes. Sounds kind of silly but I just keep a notebook in the kitchen to jot stuff down as I am concocting my masterpieces without realizing that these notes and scribbles were actually recipes. So anyway, I want to share a few with you from time to time and would love some feedback on them.

Cranberry Pepper Jelly

5-8 serrano peppers, halved & seeded, leaving the seeds from 1 pepper
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup vinegar
3-5 cups sugar, you can use more or less depending on your taste
1 pkg no sugar necessary pectin

Chop peppers and combine with cranberry juice and vinegar
boil then reduce heat
cover & simmer for 10 minutes
add sugar
bring to a boil, add pectin, boil one more minute, ladle into hot jars, seal and process 20 min
Marinated Banana Peppers
1/2c apple cider vinegar
1 cup red wine vinegar
3 cups water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp kosher salt
garlic clove and bay leaf per jar
sprig of fresh basil and fresh oregano per jar

Cut banana peppers in rings or strips and pack into hot jars along with bay leaf, garlic clove, basil & oregano
Bring 1st five ingredients to a boil then pour over peppers, seal jars
Process in water for 10 minutes.

Sweet Pickled Lemons- I love to snack on these or you can use in your favorite cocktail or water
5 lemons sliced thin, pack into hot jars
Bring the following ingredients to a boil:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cup water

Pour over lemons, seal jar, process 5 min. Let stand for 7 days before eating. This makes 1 pint.


  1. I believe I'll be trying the banana peppers. They sound so so so yummy.

    I'm trying to remember what you pickled that we used on a salad one night at you all house. Was it grapes?

  2. They are very good. i did eggplant in a similar way that I will post later. Yes, they were grapes. They were odd but I loved them. I think I was the only one;)

  3. I thought the grapes were good. They were interesting, but good.

  4. Yum! Marinated eggplant sounds fantastic! Thanks for your comment on eating out - we don't eat out very much at all. This is a function of the fact we have figity (spelling?) three year olds, the cost, and certainly service. Delivery, now that's another story... we prob. order take out about once every five or so weeks (awesome Indian and Thai).

  5. You Are AWESOME! Look at you go, next...
    Aunt Bee's Cookbook! I can see it now...and I want my own, personal, autographed, copy! Miss you.:)