Clone of Claussen Pickles

“It smells like dill pickles in here!” That from my husband, Frank, yesterday as he was coming into the kitchen from outside and the aroma of vinegar, pickling spices, garlic and dill wafted clear out the screen door. I was finishing up my latest clone of Claussen’s pickles. If you love those refrigerated dill pickles from the grocery you’ll be thrilled to know you can … Continue reading Clone of Claussen Pickles

Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Did you ever wonder what those vertical lines are on hot peppers? They are usually brownish in color and develop as the peppers ripen. It’s called “corking”, which means there’s minor striations or scaring on the ripened pepper.  What has happened is that the pepper needs to stretch to accommodate the quick growth during a lot of rain and plenty of sun. That growth spurt … Continue reading Hot Pickled Peppers and What are Those Lines on Peppers

Cucumbers: How to Grow and 2 Summer Recipes

Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio chatted about cucumbers. This ancient vegetable has Biblical roots. It’s as popular today as it was back then.\ Numbers 11: 5-6 When the people wept “Oh that we had some of the delicious fish we enjoyed in Egypt  – cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic…” I am sure they ate most of them … Continue reading Cucumbers: How to Grow and 2 Summer Recipes

Pucker Up with Vinegar

Homemade herbal vinegars Today on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Annie Mitchell about vinegar – yes, vinegar has ancient Biblical roots. Jesus was given “sour wine”/wine which had turned to vinegar, when he was suffering on the cross. (John 19). The range of vinegars we have today is unparalleled – from cider to clear to wine to balsamic to herbal and more. When … Continue reading Pucker Up with Vinegar

Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

You’ll never guess how I spent my afternoon yesterday. A hint: it has to do with chickens. Any guesses? If you said “harvesting chickens” you’d be right. But I’m willing to bet not one of you guessed that. But that’s just what I did. The first time ever. And they weren’t my “girls”. The chickensI helped pluck feathers from and get freezer ready were my … Continue reading Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

Sun Pickles: An Old German Recipe

    MARY RUDLOFF’S SOLAR DILLS (SUN PICKLES) No need to be chained to the stove canning pickles. The sun does all the work! In about 3-4 days, you’ll have pickles! Mary Rudloff is now in heaven making her famous dills. This is an old German recipe. Her daughter, Ann and I have been friends since first grade at St. Margaret of Cortona in Madisonville.  … Continue reading Sun Pickles: An Old German Recipe