What to do with so many herbs?

It’s about to storm here at the Hideaway, if you don’t know yet we call our home The Osburn Hideaway and Hideaway for short. I am really upset that we didn’t get to the garden in time to get green beans as I would rather be doing that crummy inside work during a storm that later this after noon. So the air was cooling off a bit I decided to take a little trip to the herb garden. Now I went and busted up my ankle 2 weeks ago so my ability to handle the uneven terrain and the wet grass has been difficult so I was a bit of . . . → Read More: What to do with so many herbs?

Jalapeno Poppers right from the garden

And into the freezer!

So our jalapeno plant was very busy and gave us more fruits than we could use, maybe that is because I never got to can salsa. I was on a quest all last season to create things I could freeze and cook later. I decided that Kerry and Sam love the idea of melting their faces off with really HOT foods. Why not make poppers? They are totally easy and you more than likely own most of the ingredients required. Good news – outside of the pepper hotness you can adjust how hot these babies are by adding more or less cayenne and by picking different . . . → Read More: Jalapeno Poppers right from the garden

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Or nearly roasted to death, the first sounds way more appealing. I have tried several methods for making sun dried tomatoes. First I left them outside in the sun, yeah they get bugs or rot. Then I tried the dehumidifier, that took several days and dried them too much. Maybe that was just a case of leaving them in there too long. So the last thing I did was roast them on a baking pan. OMG! Not only do you get pretty dang tasty tomatoes you fill the house with a wonderful smell. So where do you begin? I love the grape and cherry tomatoes. All you need to do . . . → Read More: Sun Dried Tomatoes

Awesome Sauce

Also known as Red Sauce, Pizza Sauce, and dip for your bread sticks!

Having a garden is GREAT. Having your harvest come in a little at a time SUCKS! Yeah, Yeah I know I was posting all summer that I am hauling in 12-16 lbs every few days, but dang it that is mostly cucumbers and squash! So what’s a girl to do with tomatoes in quantities not worthy of skinning, dicing and canning or freezing? ROAST THEM!! Now I can’t tell you exactly how many of everything you need, not all tomatoes are created equal, but I can give you some estimates. I used this technique multipe times during . . . → Read More: Awesome Sauce

Fried Okra

Well this situation started out as really annoying. We planted 5 okra plants because Sam likes it. Then 2 of them died. That leaves us with 3 plants. They are producing but so far not that much. Mind you the plants are as tall as I am. Every time we go to the garden and have a few okra (which is almost every other day) Kerry suggest “WE” fry them and see if they are good. “WE” is such a great term, it means me preparing them and cleaning up the mess. Now I have avoided this by saying there isn’t enough and by pickling them because Kim said . . . → Read More: Fried Okra