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Pickled Cherry Peppers

Ingredients:

5 cups commercial 5% vinegar (white or cider *)

1 cup water

4 tsp pickling salt

2 tsp sugar

2 pounds fresh peppers (jalapeno, etc.)

3-6 slices from a peeled carrot, optional

1/2 slice of onion, optional

 

Directions:

Prepare a boiling water bath for canning and keep hot while you prepare the jars of pickled peppers.

Make a brine.  Place the vinegar, water, pickling salt, and sugar in a medium (2 QT) non-reactive (stainless or enamel) saucepan or kettle.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and stir briefly to dissolve the salt and sugar.  Cover and keep hot over low heat while you prepare the peppers.

Wash the peppers and slice 1/4” thick; discard the stem ends**.  If using the carrot and onion, place 1-2 pieces of each in the jar.  Pack the pepper slices into the sterilized pint jars.  2 pounds of peppers should make at least 3 pints; pack the peppers tightly, but do not crush them.

Ladle the hot brine over the sliced peppers in the sterilized jars.  Clean the rim of the jar with a clean towel and place canning lids securely on jars.  Process pints in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  Cool & store up to one year.

*cider vinegar will leave your brine cloudy, whereas white vinegar will be clear.

**I stemmed, seeded and sliced my cherry peppers for one jar and then did the remaining jars whole.  You could also stem & seed, but not slice them if you wanted to stuff the picked peppers later.

Recipe from: http://www.examiner.com/article/easy-pickled-jalapeno-recipe-adaptable-to-other-hot-peppers

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Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (168 g) quinoa or rice, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • scant 2 cups (460 ml) vegetable stock (sub water, but it will be less flavorful)
  • 4 large red, yellow or orange bell peppers, halved, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) salsa, plus more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp (4 g) nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, drained (if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp sea salt)
  • 1 cup (168 g) whole kernel corn, drained

 

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Diced red onion

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Chipotle Red Salsa (or your favorite salsa)

 

Instructions:

  1. Add quinoa and vegetable stock to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy – about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish or rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Brush halved peppers with a neutral, high heat oil, such as grape seed, avocado or refined coconut.
  4. Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients – salsa through corn. Mix to thoroughly combine then taste and adjust seasonings accordingly, adding salt, pepper, or more spices as desired.
  5. Generously stuff halved peppers with quinoa mixture until all peppers are full, then cover the dish with foil.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then remove foil, increase heat to 400 degrees F, and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until peppers are soft and slightly golden brown. For softer peppers, bake 5-10 minutes more.

 

Serve with desired toppings (listed above) or as is. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350 degree oven until warmed through – about 20 minutes.

Recipe from http://minimalistbaker.com/spanish-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/

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Old-Fashioned Sweet Pickled Peaches

 

Ingredients:

6 whole cloves

3 sticks cinnamon (each 3” in length), broken in half

1 2” piece of gingerroot, cut into 6 pieces

5 cups granulated sugar

3 1/3 cup cider vinegar

8 cups water

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

6lbs small firm ripe peaches (about 30)

6 pint jars, lids & rings

 

Directions:

  1. Place cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger in the center of a square of triple-layered cheesecloth and tie into a spice bag.
  2. In a large pot, combine spice bag, sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour to infuse spices.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars and lids.
  4. In a large bowl, combine water and lemon juice. Peel peaches.  Using a small paring knife, starting at the stem and the natural indent in the peach, cut in half around the pit.  Insert both thumbs into the dent at the stem and gently pry apart into halves, discarding the pit.  Add peaches to the lemon water as they are peeled and cut (to preserve color).
  5. Return pot of pickling liquid to a medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Drain peaches, discarding soaking water, and add to pot.  Return to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, gently stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until peaches are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.  Remove from heat.  Remove spice bag, squeezing out excess liquid.  If desired, untie bag and reserve spices.
  6. Divide reserved spices (if using) evenly among hot jars. Using a slotted spoon, pack peaches into jars, rounded side down, leaving 1 inch headspace.  Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace as necessary by adding hot pickling liquid.  Wipe rim and place hot lid disc on jar.  Screw band down until fingertip-tight.
  7. Place jars in canner and return to a boil. Process for 20 minutes.  Turn of heat, remove canner lid and let jars stand in water for  5 minutes.  Transfer jars to a towel=lined surface and let stand for 24 hours.  Check lids and refrigerate any jars that are not sealed.

 

Recipe from The Complete Book of Pickling by Jennifer MacKenzie.

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Broccoli & Apple Salad

Ingredients:

3 cups small fresh broccoli florets

3 medium apples, chopped

1/2 cup chopped mixed dried fruit

1 Tbsp. chopped red onion

1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt

4 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine broccoli, apples, mixed dried fruit and onion.  Add yogurt; toss to coat.  Sprinkle with bacon.  Refrigerate until serving.

Makes 6 servings. Recipe from the Taste of Home magazine, December 2014.

***You can substitute the dried fruit and apples for just about any other fruit—I’ve often had this salad made with grapes.  I would think plums would pair nicely, too!  You can also swap out the broccoli for cauliflower or do a combo of both.

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

 1 tsp ground cumin

 1 tsp ground coriander

 Salt

 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast

 1 lemon, juiced (or 3 Tbsp lemon juice)

 2 tsp honey

 2 tsp olive oil

 1/2lb sweet cherries, pitted & quartered

 8 oz arugula (about 5 cups)

 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium; oil the grate. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, coriander, and 1 tsp salt.  Rub the chicken with 3 tsp of the spice mixture.  Grill, turning once, until just cooked through (about 8 minutes). Transfer to a cutting board.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey and the remaining spice mixture. Whisk in the olive oil.  Add the cherries, arugula and parsley; toss well to coat.
  3. Thinly slice the chicken against the grain. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with chicken.

Recipe from Everyday with Rachel Ray

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Rösti Cakes

Mix 1 pound coarsely shredded squash with 1 ½ pounds coarsely shredded baking potatoes.  Add ½ cup cornstarch, 2 large eggs and ½ cup minced onion; season with salt and cayenne.  Heat  1/8” oil in a large skillet and fry in 2-tablespoon-size mounds until golden, about 5 minutes.  Top with sour cream, salmon roe and chives.

Butternut Squash Recipes – from Food and Wine November 2012, Grace Parisi

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Peel two 2-lb squash and slice ¾” thick.  Toss on a baking sheet with 12 garlic cloves, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 rosemary sprig and 1 halved, seeded jalapeno; season with salt and pepper.  Cover with foil and roast at 400F for 45 minutes; uncover and roast for 45 min longer.  Discard the rosemary and mince the jalapeno.  Mash the squash with the garlic, jalapeno and 2 T of butter.  Season with salt

Butternut Squash Recipes – from Food and Wine November 2012, Grace Parisi

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