Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've Been Busy!

Sweet Pepper Salsa

7 c. chopped tomatoes (about 5 lbs)
3 c. chopped peppers (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs. cilantro
1/2 c. vinegar (5% acidity)
2 drops hot pepper sauce

Combine all ingredients in a saucepot. Stir and bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer for 10 min. Prepare canning jars as usual. Then ladle salsa into hot jars. Process in a boiling water canner for 15 min. (covering the tops of jars with approximately 1" of water. Yields 3 pints. I double the recipe to can more at a time.

So far I have canned about 7 pints and 10 1/2 pints. It is not at all hot, so if you want hot you will need to add some sort of hot pepper either before or after the processing. Enjoy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

You Too Can Look This Good In An Apron: Apron Goddess Mira

Well especially if you are the winner of the Cupcake Provocateur apron... see post below this one. :)

This is Mira! She sent in this picture for extra credit in the Cupcake Provocateur giveaway. I am sorry she did not win but we can agree she looks awesome wearing her apron.

Mira wrote, "Here's a pic of me in my "cupcake cutie" apron. Huge fan of Cupcake Provocateur - getting to wear that apron is pretty much the only reason I cook at all!"

There are definitely days that I commiserate with her on this sentiment. Mostly I just don't cook on those days.

The Winner of the Cupcake Provocateur Apron

Good Monday Apron Goddesses!

It's been quite a month and busyness is a disease which I can't seem to cure.

However, good news is that I did the drawing for the apron from Cynthia's Cupcake Provocateur store and,

Drum roll please.......

Ta da!!

Number 6 is Sue at Country Pleasures!

Congrats Sue! Just send me an email with your shipping information and apron preference from the hostess style and we'll get it off to CP in a jiffy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Quite a Set UP

Good Thursday Morning Apron Goddesses!
I feel as if I have been MIA.....I guess I have, it's been about 2 weeks since I have graced you all with a picture and some words to follow.

Suzi here to bring you some men in aprons.

I think they have the right idea. It is quite the set-up. A small toaster oven with what appears to be pots on top for cooking. If only kitchen/dining areas were this simple. These men look thrilled to be preparing a meal for someone special. I even love the fact that they are taking great care by putting on their aprons in order to keep their attire nice and clean.

Boys, you can come cook for me anytime!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Winner of the Hostess with the Mostest Apron

Good day Apron Goddesses everywhere in Bloggville!

Some how during my bout with viral meningitis and walking pneumonia last month I forgot to do the drawing for the apron giveaway for the Hostess with the Mostest apron pictured below.

How could I forget this beauty? It must have been the feverish haze that was consuming my brain but oh goodness looking at this apron again makes me a little envious of the winner.

The random number generator produced No. 42 which makes Sally the winner of this apron. She blogs at Sally's Spot.

Congrats to Sally! Please email me with your address and I will forward to the Hostess with the Mostest!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ahrisha is an Apron Goddess in her own "Cupcake Provocateur" style Apron

This is blogger Ahrisha here with her own Cupcake Provocateur style apron that she made in tribute to the "real" thing. Initiation is the grandest form of flattery and I know that Cynthia would approve wholeheartedly of this darling creation below.

Ahrisha said, "This is an apron I made with inspiration from The Cupcake Provocateur (CP). The first time I saw her aprons on The Apron Goddesses I went crazy for this design. As you can see her aprons are much better fitting and looking than mine, but I wear it in my kitchen and just love it. I love how she edges her seams with bias tape they do look amazing. I'm a real ric rac gal so that is what I used. It is my goal to someday own a real CP apron. They are the Cat's Meow for sure!

If I won an apron from CP, I would wear it only for special dinners with my special someone. Or maybe just holidays. I have made a few aprons for myself and when I find cute printed fabric I immediately think APRON. I don't sew too much anymore but I do like to have a few aprons around."

With your ten extra entries Ahrisha, you have better odds now!!

Thank you for sending in your lovely picture.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tie on Yer Aprons! It's Tomatillo Time!

What is this sprawling mess of a vine??

This little beauty of a fruit may be a new one to you, but I wanted to share the abundance of my garden this summer.

My plants have set a prolific quantity of fruit . . . and belong to the Solanaceae otherwise known as the Tomato Family. These gems are more formally known as Physalis philadelphica, or the amazing tomatillo!

The tomatoes and yellow crookneck squash are just keeping the tomatillos company inside my garden harvest basket... The papery part that wraps around the green fruit is the calyx left over from the flower parts. The calyx is the green stuff that wraps around the flowers before they bloom.

Ripe tomatillos will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. They will keep even longer if the husks are removed and the fruits are placed in sealed plastic bags stored in the refrigerator.

However, these tomatillos were destined for another fate. The fate of becoming SALSA VERDE!

The recipe for salsa verde is easy. I really never measure making salsa. It's an organic, loose process where I throw together what makes sense. But if you need quantities here's what you can start with:

- The equivalent of three to four cups of tomatillos. Depending on fruit size the total number of tomatillos will vary.
- Large handful of cillantro. Wash and chop or cut up in food processor.
- Three cloves garlic - roasted.
- One large onion - roasted.
- Two or three jalepeno peppers. Deseed peppers and roast. Add more seeds if you like your salsa HOT!
- One lime.
- Salt (1/2 tsp to 1 tsp) and pepper.

Fire roast all veggies except cilantro. Chop onions, garlic, peppers, and cilantro in food processor. Add roasted tomatillos. Whirl around until combined! Add salt and pepper to taste! And VOILA! You have a delicious healthy salsa that you can claim to be the chef!

And don't forget to wear an apron. This can be splattery business!