Monthly Archive: August 2016

Ground cherry jam makes a comeback

Ground cherry jam

  Ever hear of ground cherry jam? Years ago, my sister Edith grew ground cherries (sometimes called husk tomatoes) on her farm.  I asked her if she made jam with them, and she said yes. She also used them in salsas. That make sense, since ground cherries are a relative of tomatillos, a popular salsa veggie. …

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Triple Mocha Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce

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For the Western Hills reader who loves mocha flavored ice cream sauce. “I’d like to know how to make some,” she said. I have been known to sample this even before it cools. Now if you don’t use the coffee liqueur, add 2 tablespoons more of the strong coffee. Don’t be put off by the …

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Pickles like Claussen’s

  How many times have I told you my readers are the best? Too many to count. Here’s another timely example: Jim S., an Eastgate reader, shared a recipe for pickles like Claussen’s – and right in time for seasonal cucumbers. Just be sure to use pickling cucumbers as Jim suggests. Pickling cucumbers are smaller …

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Frozen Yogurt Berry Bark

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  Here’s a scene for you: I’m mowing the grass around the herb garden with my reel mower and just loving the sound of it as it swishes through the grass, mowing so all the cut grass flies out the back, not along the side like the gas mowers do…. All of a sudden, I …

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What does this look like to you? Mint? It’s not…..

Crosnes

Looks like mint – and it’s a member of the mint family, but what you eat are the little tubers below the soil. They’re pronounced “Crones”.  Here’s some timely info from Mother Earth’s site about Crosnes:  (And yes, I’m growing them and yes, they taste like water chestnuts to me). And one more “yes”. Chefs …

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Five Minute Peach Cobbler

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Here’s a cobbler made with fresh peach slices and frozen blackberries – I left the berries frozen. You can use just peaches.  This is basically the same batter as what I used for the blackberry cobbler. Now the first time I made this I used 2 heaping cups of peaches, thinly sliced. The second time …

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A Basil Bonanza

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My basil looks like it’s on steroids. I always plant some between my tomatoes to insure  healthy tomatoes. Between those basil plants (sweet and Genovese basils) and what’s grown in my herb garden, I’ve got a basil bonanza! Here’s an article I wrote on basil and which is posted on the Countryside magazine site.  I …

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