Friday, August 6

In A Pickle

Pardon the blurry picture, I took it with the camera on my cell phone. That's a jar of the pickles that I made last night. They look even more fabulous in person, and I'm certain they'll taste fantastic, too. Here's how I did it...

24 dry hot red chili peppers
1 tbsp whole black pepper
1 bunch fresh dill weed
12 minced cloves garlic
24 whole cloves garlic

3 cauliflower, broken into chunks
2 bunches celery, cut into chunks
2 pounds cute little baby carrots
3 red bell peppers, cut in strips
6 small green tomatoes, quartered
12 pepperoncini, sliced in rings
1 tray green beans, trim and cut
1 bunch green asparagus, sliced
1 bag of miniature white onions

One dozen sterilized quart size mason jars.

Place two hot chili peppers, two cloves garlic, one minced garlic clove, and a measure of fresh dill and black pepper into each jar. Then fill all bottles up to 1" from the top with assorted, washed, bite-size vegetables, being sure to divide all ingredients evenly.

Prepare brine from the following - 1/2 gallon vinegar, 1 gallon water, 1.5 cups of coarse kosher salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Ladle brine into each jar, with enough to cover all the vegetables. Seal according to proper canning procedures. Set bottles in a cool, dark place.

Pickles will be ready to eat within two weeks.

I can hardly wait to dig in to these! Although it's hard to justify the cost of making it yourself when you can buy a jar of the stuff for $1.49 at the grocery store, I hope that the extra flavor will make it all worthwhile. So, who wants a jar?

Thursday, August 5

Hot Tarts

I'm obsessed with pickled vegetables. The Armenian name for this spicy relish is Toorshi - pronounced like the English words, tour and she, combined. It consists of spicy, salty, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumber, and red and yellow peppers.

So far this week I've consumed one and a half jars of the stuff. My stomach lining is a tad pissed off, but my tastebuds are burning and happy. Am I turning Korean? ...Now those people appreciate all things pickled.

You know what else the pickles make me think of... Dane Cook. If you haven't heard his hilarious drive-thru routine, I suggest you head to his web site and listen to it for yourself... it's a laugh riot.

I think I'm gonna buy some veggies and jar my own pickles, because that's really the only way to get 'em spicy enough for my liking. I've done canning before, but only jellies, so this should be fun.

Tuesday, August 3



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