Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hot Damn Pepper Jam

My house is hot! I have been canning tomatoes and making Hot Damn Pepper Jam all week. Hot pepper jam over cream cheese is one of my favorite appetizers and an easy dish to pass. I made about seven dozen jars this week. What I didn't make was a dent in my hot pepper harvest.

The recipe below is adapted from The Jam Lady Cookbook.

4 cups sugar
1 cup chopped seeded sweet green peppers
1 cup chopped unseeded jalapeno peppers
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped, fresh seeded problano peppers
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 3-ounce pouches liquid pectin (6 ounces total)
1 slice onion (or equivalent amount of garlic cloves)
1/2 teaspoon butter (optional to reduce foaming)

"Blenderize" the peppers, onion vinegar and lemon juice. Transfer to a heavy pot, pour in sugar and butter and boil hard for 1 minute. Add the pectin and boil hard one more minute. Transfer to jelly jars, put on two part lids and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

I always play with the combination of peppers and the level of heat. This year I used red chilies, banana, Anaheim and jalapeno. I use cider vinegar instead of white wine because its less expensive.

The first person to comment gets a free jar!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

2009 Garden Recap

I tried to take before and after pictures this year. Here's the result!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The tomatoes prevail!

The warm weather was just what the tomatoes needed. We finally have vine ripened, super sweet tomatoes to enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Today was a perfect day! There was so much to be thankful for.

- A wonderful, warm clear day.
- A great message at church.
- A fun t-ball game with our church family.
- Talented friends who played at the first, and hopefully not the last, Music in the Park.
- Root beer floats.
- A good friend to enjoy both with.
- Friends who are raising patient, kind children who take time to play with younger kids.
- Kids born under the same sign. They couldn't be anymore alike. It's almost as if they were twins.
- A gentle, loving dog.
- A large yard. Mowing isn't so bad.
- A new baby. Welcome baby Ben! I can't wait to meet you and give your mama a hug!
- A friend who is blessed with the unwavering support her husband.

I hope you find the blessings in your day!