Baked Corned Beef, Spinach, and Swiss Cheese Braid

YOU MUST fix THIS for dinner tonight. Click here for: Baked Corned Beef, Spinach, and Swiss Cheese Braid.


Clear directions with PHOTOS (plus it is something you’d actually want to eat and serve to your family and friends) give this post 5 stars from West Coast Review. And if you aren’t following you ought to be.

A Recipe for Change (with Vampires and Horrible Green Things)

Real Vampires don’t eat Quiche but everyone else does. Click here for: A Recipe for Change (with Vampires and Horrible Green Things).


This includes the recipe for a crust-less Quiche (it is real and tasty and easy to make.)



Carnitas Soup with Tomatillos and Chipotle in Adobo Sauce

THIS is what you need to fix for dinner tonight: Carnitas Soup with Tomatillos and Chipotle in Adobo Sauce.


Finally after two months or more of rainless skies the water is coming down at my house. That means SOUP. And I think I’ve found the perfect recipe.



Beautiful Bruchetta – Canning Magic

There is something about summer canning that makes me feel calm and makes everything feel right. It is simple, thoughtful and keeps summer alive all year long.

And it isn’t bad for the ego either because everyone loves the stuff I make. My rule is that if you bring back the jars I’ll give you a refill!

I can salsa every summer but this hear I canned a small batch (13 jars) of bruchetta topping.

10 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dried basil
1 cup fresh chopped basil
two bunches green onions chopped
1 large shallot chopped fine
2 Tbsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
8 pounds chopped cored plum tomatoes
lemon juice


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE garlic, wine, wine vinegar, water, sugar, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes or until garlic is heated through. Remove from heat.
3.) Mix everything together and put in jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS filled jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
Prepare tomatoes the night before. Put them in the fridge with a splash of lemon juice (about 1/4 cup, a dash of salt and a handful of basil, add in the onions too. Let them sit overnight to soak in the flavors.
Serving: Serve on nice toasted bread. Rub bread with garlic and brush with olive oil before serving.
Let this sit (like a nice wine) for 30 minutes to an hour and the flavor will mellow. You can also add olive oil to taste.


Vampire Guide to Cocktails (cold weather drinks for adults).

And there is more. This link is to the cold weather hot toddy and Irish coffee drinks. Yum:

Vampire Guide to Cocktails (cold weather drinks for adults)..


Heart to Hearth Cookery – A must see blog!

It you haven’t checked out the blog “Heart to Hearth Cookery” a blog about historic food and cooking the really old way, then you’re missing a real treat. I came upon this blog just by chance and now I’m hooked. Check it out: