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Homemade Tomato Sauce

I had a huge garden of tomato plants this last year. So I ended up with lots of tomatoes and wanted to make my own homemade tomato sauce with this abundance of tomatoes.

Tomatoes in Pot for Tomato Sauce

I first cut up the tomatoes and placed them in a large pot for cooking. I generally followed a vintage tomato sauce recipe where I cut up the tomatoes and let them stand a few minutes in a colander to drain off some of the excess juice. I added a bit of dehydrated green peppers and onions (one tablespoon each), and a sprinkle of cayenne powder for a bit of zing to my pot.

Tomato Sauce Start with Spices

Next, bring to boil and cook for about an hour on low. Remember to stir occasionally until you have a nice pulp. I then used my food mill to make a smooth tomato puree.

Tomatoes in Food Mill

I ended up with this lovely pot of tomato puree ready for the next step. Continue Reading →

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Indoor Basil Grown in a Pot

Just wanted to give an update on my basil grown indoors in a pot. Here is the last photo I took.

Basil Grown Indoors

I posted last month about my homegrown basil and how I had dried the spice for later use. It has been so nice to have homegrown basil that I can use fresh all year-around. There is nothing like fresh basil spice when you are making spaghetti, lasagna or pizza sauce. You just can’t beat the flavor and taste of fresh basil in these recipes.

Anyway I just wanted to post an update and share my basil plant that continues to grow in a pot in my kitchen window. Just remember to put your basil pot in a sunny, warm spot Continue Reading →

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Homegrown Basil

I started several Basil seeds this Spring inside in some peat pods. I had about 6 plant starts and put them into a large planter pot after the plants were a few inches tall. I then left the planter pot outside in the daytime and brought it in at night until the weather was warmer.

Basil Drying

I have been harvesting off the plants all Summer and Fall. I either just pick fresh leaves off the plants for spaghetti and lasagna sauce or dry them as shown above. I air dry the basil leaves for several days to completely dry them out. You can also place the drying leaves on a pan inside your oven with the light on to help accelerate the drying process.

Here is a photo of the leaves dried from the pan above. The dried leaves do shrink down considerably once they are all dried out.
Dried Basil
I store my dried basil leaves inside a sealed jar until the next time I need them for a recipe. I gently crush the leaves which releases a pleasant fragrance and flavor into my favorite Italian recipes.

I have brought my planter pot indoors now and will be able to continue to grown new Basil leaves hopefully all winter long. So whether you use your homegrown Basil fresh in your cooking or dry it for further use, it makes for a wonderful additional to any dish that calls for Basil spice.

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Moose Family Photo

Who needs a game camera when you can look out your window and see this?

Moose Family Photo

Check out this moose family out for a morning walk right through our yard. I have been seeing this mama moose and her baby but was very surprised when I looked out and saw a bull moose out with them. So cool to see beautiful wildlife like this so close.

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Cast Iron Bread Rolls from Home Storage

Here are bread rolls that I made from my home food storage. These rolls were made using Augason Farms Honey White Bread and Roll Mix. I have been working to test a few of my home storage items just to make sure I like the products and to practice their use.

Augason Baked Bread Rolls

Augason Farms Bread & Roll Mix

I made my batch small so I could bake it in my favorite little cast iron #3 skillet. I used about half of the “small recipe” on the back of the can. I started with 1 cup of bread mix and added just a bit to make a soft dough ball.

Here are my four rolls I placed in my 8 inch cast iron skillet after mixing up the batch of dough.

Cast Iron Skillet Rolls before Baking

Below are my rolls after letting them rise for about 45 minutes in the oven with the oven light on. I found that if I put my yeast dough in the oven to rise, it works out very well. Continue Reading →

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White Tip Radishes

Here are my first radishes of the season. I grew these sparkler white tip radishes with seeds from the Livingston Seed Company. This is the first time in years that we’ve had a garden and that I’ve grown radishes.

Sparkler White Tip Radishes

I used my radishes in a salad last night and they tasted great. There are several wonderful things about radishes. First they grow and mature very fast. They are easy to grow and are hardy in even cooler, wet climates. They are good to mix within your garden as bugs and other pests don’t like the smell of them. I mixed in these radish seeds around other rows of plants and so far the bugs have stayed away.

On a nutrition level, radish are very low-calorie root vegetable with just around Continue Reading →

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