Jujube (Chinese Red Date) Butter

jujubes blog

Have you ever seen a jujube? Have you ever eaten one? No, not the confectionary variety – although I do remember those rather fondly from my childhood. I’m talking about a small fruit that grows on a jujube tree. Sometimes called Chinese Dates or Chinese Red Dates, jujubes are a fun little treat. They’re hard to find… 

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Easy Pan-Fried Okra

okra blog

I love fried okra. It’s not the most beautiful of dishes, I get that, but I love it just the same. I imagine that for most people, this is their favorite way to enjoy this fun vegetable. I’m truly a fan of okra any way I can get it – pickled, sautéed, grilled, roasted, or simmered… 

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Garden-Fresh San Marzano Tomato Sauce

san marzano prep

This spring, I planted a San Marzano tomato plant (as well as two other varieties). I’d never tried this variety, but I figured it was worth a shot. If I had to do it over again, I’d plant three. Maybe four. That’s how excited I’ve been about them. I’m already making plans for next spring… 

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Pickled Banana Peppers

pickled peppers blog

‘Tis the time of year where canning and pickling is on every gardener’s mind. While my garden is not having its best year ever (my pepper plants are just now starting to produce), I’m still benefiting from others’ surplus. A friend of ours gave us a large amount of various peppers – namely Santa Fe… 

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