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Italian Seasoning or Rub (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme)

Posted by Hallee on Oct 4, 2013 in Gardening, Gift Ideas, Hallee's Galley, Italian, Preserving, Recipes, Spices & Rubs

When reading the first four ingredients to this mix, if an old song that goes, “Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” doesn’t get stuck in your head, then you probably think I am REALLY old.

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Hallee’s Marvelous Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning Mix

Montreal steak seasoning is a true North American invention that combines the British love of beefsteaks with the French flair for seasoning. It’s excellent on red meats like steaks as well as on sides like baked potatoes.

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The Best Bread & Butter Pickles – Ever

Posted by Hallee on Aug 1, 2013 in Hallee's Galley, Preserving, Snacks

Bread and butter pickles are an absolute favorite of mine. They’re kind of a savory/sweet combination that only a pickle can achieve. This recipe is straight from the Ball Book of Home Preserving. I consider Ball the the foremost expert on all things preserving and will almost always refer to them to answer any questions pertaining to preserving.

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There’s More Than One Way to Pick an Apple Tree

Posted by Hallee on Jul 29, 2013 in Hallee's Galley, Life, Preserving

So, last Monday, half of my tree fell. The ground was just saturated with rain and there must be something attacking it, because half of it just fell over. Right onto a friend’s car. Some of the apples were close to being ready. Some were moderately ready. And some were good pectin making apples.

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Honey Spiced Pears

Posted by Hallee on Aug 24, 2012 in Gardening, Hallee's Galley, Preserving

Some friends of ours have a pear tree that just overwhelms them with abundance on an annual basis. I am always happy to take as many pears off their hands as they’ll give me. This year, that turned into two laundry baskets full of pears. I am always on the search for real food canning recipes – that cut out the processed sugar that is used as a preservative in anything using fruit. I was thrilled to find this recipe.

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It’s That Time of Year

Posted by Hallee on Aug 22, 2012 in Life, Preserving

Apples and pears and volleyball ,oh my.

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Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce with Garlic & Basil

Posted by Hallee on Oct 19, 2011 in Gardening, Hallee's Galley, Preserving, sauces & spreads

My garden is STILL producing tomatoes. I had about 15 pounds the other day, and wanted to do something different with them, so I tried oven roasted tomato sauce.

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Freezing Sweet Peppers

Posted by Hallee on Oct 12, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, Preserving

My garden is exploding with sweet peppers now. I’m getting all different colors – orange, purple, green. I can’t pick them fast enough.

The easiest way I’ve found to preserve them is to simply freeze them. The problem is, though, that they’re full of liquid. So, if you sliced them and tossed them into a freezer bag, what you’ll end up with is a big frozen ball of peppers all stuck together.

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Homemade Catsup

Posted by Hallee on Sep 7, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, Preserving, Recipes, sauces & spreads

When I get to working fast in the kitchen, I forget that often I should be taking pictures for posts for recipes. This is one of those occasions. I had a lot going on in my kitchen the day that I made this catsup, and I was finishing it up when I realized I should have been documenting the process. Consequently, I apologize, but I will tell you that this is an incredibly flavorful condiment. I will forever use it for our homemade catsup (or ketchup, as my spell check prefers!)

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A Narrow Window & Bento Lunchbox Giveaway

Posted by Hallee on Aug 29, 2011 in Gardening, Giveaways, Hallee's Galley, Preserving

Anyone who replies to this post with a healthy and thifty and homemade sack lunch idea will be entered to win a Laptop Lunch B620-Purple Bento Set 2.0 with Outer Container, 5 Inner Containers, and Accessories. My friend Sarah loves the Bentos her kids use, so thought a giveaway would wrap up this week of lunch ideas perfectly.

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