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Pickling Party! July 24, 2011

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Many of you know that Lovey and I have a half share of a CSA in Spartanburg so we get a huge basket of amazing veggies every Thursday. Sometimes we end up with more than we know what to do with! And I feel REALLY bad throwing it away.

So I decided to get creative and pickle our extras. I made spicy pickled okra and pickled squash, pepper, and onions.

The pickled okra were the easiest. I used this recipe but I’m pretty sure I didn’t have the entire amount of okra called for, but that worked out because I only had one jar to put them in.

The next step is the hardest. Stick the jar in the fridge and wait for a week. Eeesh!! This is more of a test of patience than a test of cooking ability. I’ll have to do a follow up post in a week to tell you the results.

The pickled squash, pepper, and onions were almost as easy, but took quite a bit longer. Once you get all your squash, peppers, and onions all cleaned and chopped, put them in a pot and cover with a TON of salt.

Two hours later, prepare the brine. While the brine is boiling, pour off the salt water produced in the veggie pot. Pour the brine over the veggies and let sit for another two hours. Once that timer goes off, pour it in a jar and process in boiling water for 10 minutes.

I also haven’t opened up this jar to taste either. I’m just too proud that my water bath processing actually worked and the lid popped down and everything! I’ll be saving this jar until later in the winter when there are no summer squash invading my counter space.

Once all this was done, my entire house smelled like a huge pickle. I’m pretty sure I smelled like a pickle too. Maybe making two different kinds of pickles at the same time in the same day was a bad idea…

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CSA 6 and Beautiful Friends June 27, 2010

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Another week of gorgeous veggies, another week of yummy nutritious meals. This week, we got what I now know are patty pan squash (these are yellow, we got green and white last week), beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggs.

Because we didn’t know what to call this type of squash last week, we made up our own recipe. And it was DELICIOUS! So if you ever happen to have patty pan squash on hand- here are two ways to make them.

The Lindsay & Josh experimental method: Slice the squash. We used our new mandolin and it worked wonders. Lightly coat in olive oil and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, fennel fronds, and Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb. Or just use whatever is in your spice rack and sounds good. Then grill them. Really tasty!

Robin the Farmer’s method: Cut it in half and spray nonstick stuff on the cut side. Lay them cut side down on a baking sheet and bake until soft. Turn them over, put a little pat of butter and cheese on top and broil until cheese is melted. We are going to try her method this week.

In other news, my sweet friends Katie and Chris are getting married at the end of July! Katie is a dear, dear friend since third grade, and Chris is a good friend since college. Chris (of Chris Isham Photography) shot our wedding and did an amazing job. They had a couples shower Friday night and it was a blast. Here are a some shots of the evening-

Katie and Chris- Can’t wait to share in new memories, and watch how God works in your journey as one.