Fig Newton, Yes Please

Ever since I planted my fig tree I have been dreaming about home-made Fig Newtons. Doesn’t that sound delicious. Well the fig tree is packed with figs. So my dream is about to come true. I have looked up many recipes and have come up with my own. Yes, I’m making my way. LOL For the next upcoming class here at “The Farm ” July 21st we will be making a fig jam that will turn into fig newtons. My red onions are ready to be created into something fabulous. How about some Red Onion Marmalade. This marmalade is wonderful as an appetizer with some cheese and crunchy French bread. It is great on a pork chop too.

This class will start with a snack from All In A Jar’s pantry. We will make the two recipes and fig newtons for our dessert. For lunch we will have a Thai Slaw. You will go home with a jar from each recipe and the printed out recipes.

There are a few spots left in this class. I hope to have you here at “The Farm ”

 

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Childhood Memories

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I find it amazing when a person takes a bite or even just the smell of some foods how it can bring you back to a childhood memory. I had that happen to me this weekend, so much that I had goosebumps on my arms. It was magical.
Last Thursday I met one of my students at the Lodi Farmers Market to pick up produce for the upcoming class. He informed me that he had been to a lot of classes, i.e. pie filling, jam, chutney, jelly, hot sauce and even sausage making, but no pickling class. So of course I wanted to find something to pickle. We found some beautiful pickling cucumbers to make into dill pickle spears. We also found some green tomatoes. I was very excited to see them because I have been thinking about my great grandma’s pickled green tomatoes. We found some lovely peaches that will become Peach Bellini. We both were looking forward to having a fun filled day of canning. We started to talk about how we both heard that home canned Maraschino Cherries are out of this world, even if you don’t like Maraschino Cherries. We looked for cherries, but not one person had any. My student said he thinks Walnut Creek Produce had some and he would bring them to class.
I went home and started researching recipes for Maraschino Cherries. I found 4 or 5 recipes and thought they were doing it all wrong. So I did it my way… and typed up a recipe I thought would work well.

While I was doing research on Maraschino Cherries and I started thinking about Great Grandma’s Pickled Green Tomatoes started writing down what I could remember that was in those yummy pickled green tomatoes, so I called my sister and asked if she could remember what was in them. She said I never liked them and I think there was pumpkin pie spice. I said no wonder you didn’t like them, I will make them a lot better. I have an old pickling recipe book I got out and looked up Pickled Green Tomatoes and what I wrote down was pretty much right on.

The day of the class we started with coffee and home made cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting made with my Carrot Cake Preserves. I love that stuff. I had a small snack laid out with other goodies,  like pickled okra, jams, jelly and home made hummus. Later we sat down for lunch.

We worked with the green tomatoes first and the place was smelling like great grandma’s. I took a sample taste and it was as if I had walked back in time. All the hair on my arms were standing up with goosebumps.

I don’t know if it is the pickles or thinking about all that love in the jars that my grandparents put in them. Happy Canning

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Wine Country

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  In honor of living in the wine country, I have made a beautiful Zinfandel Jelly. They grow a lot of Zinfandel up here in this heat. The weekend of July 4, we found a great little winery, which we … Continue reading