Smoky Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa

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  Are you ready for some salsa? It’s a salsa time of year, after all. Now is the time for all good tomatoes to come to the aid of the salsa. Salsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsa! Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap* *Ahem. That’s a salsa beat. Trust me. It’s not that I get carried away over…

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Boiled Cider (Apple Molasses)

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I am a magician. You see that wine bottle? I fit two whole gallons of apple cider into it. Really. Okay, I boiled the cider down until it fit, and I didn’t have to work hard to do it. Yes, it took nearly six hours, but I didn’t stir it and wasn’t even in the…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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  It is no secret that I am a big proponent of making things that many folks buy at the store. From the common (potato chips, bread, ice cream, laundry detergent) to the hard-or-impossible-to-find (furikake, candied jalapenos, game stock), home kitchen alchemy can do it if it’s worth having or doing. Sometimes my efforts earn…

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Homemade Furikake |Japanese Rice Seasoning

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The first order of business on this post just plain has to be pronunciation. Foo-ree-kah-kay. My boys, however, prefer to call it furry khaki. Why? Well, I assume it has something to do with being very silly boys. Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about what it is… Furikake is like…

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Pizza Sauce

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  Raise your hand if you think pizza is the perfect food. I see a lot of hands. This might take a while. I have my hand up. I’d stick both of them in the air and wave them like I used to do when I had the answer in History or English*, but then…

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Homemade Claussen Knock-Off Pickles

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It’s common knowledge that I have a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth. When the weather does what it has been doing lately (making us all do our best Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego impersonations) I can’t think of a single thing I find more refreshing than an icy-cold, salty, crunchy pickle. Oh yes. You…

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Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce

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First of all, you know this is going to be good; it’s hot fudge sauce. What you may not know, though, is just how good this particular hot fudge sauce is. It is, in fact, the best hot fudge sauce ever of all time Amen pass the beer nuts. This hot fudge sauce is not…

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Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Freezer Jam

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When I was small, my mom made strawberry freezer jam every year during Michigan’s brief and glorious strawberry season. It was my mom’s thing: her annual food preservation pièce de résistance. She scattered packets and boxes of pectin thither and yon, she mashed berries with the bottoms of drinking glasses, her potato masher, and anything…

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Pickled Ginger (Gari)

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I love sushi. I love it so much. I love everything about it. The fish, the rice, the nori, the little wad of wasabi, but as much as I love all of that, I love the pickled ginger, or gari, even more. Oh, pickled ginger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

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