[portrait is a challenge to take a photo of your self each week for one year]
My name is Katie and I wear bandanas when I’m working in the kitchen.
Jim mentioned something the other day and I cannot get it out of my head… so, we’re going with it: A canning/preserves/pantry staples collection cookbook. Right now, cooks all over the country are digging out all their scraps of paper, last year’s harvest notes, and every canning lid they can find. It’s the perfect time to gather it all together in one little book.
Here’s what I was thinking: to assist me (selfish, I know… but you’ll get something out of it, too) in my Pantry Swap Project as well as help organize my kitchen recipes, I’d love for you to collect a minimum of 3 family recipes. These 3 recipes must be for items that are to be canned or frozen or homemade. Think breads, stews, soups, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, salsa, salad dressing mixes, pickles, jam, marinades, dry brownie mix, tried and true home cleaning concoctions (?) etc. etc. aaaaaand etc.
Think things that you COULD buy at the grocery store but MAKE AT HOME instead.
Think things that look good in a jar.
We’ll do cookies/desserts and casseroles later this winter, so save those. SAVE. THOSE.
Think your Gramma’s perfect sandwich bread. Your favorite garlic pickles. Your cousin’s homemade russian dressing. Perhaps YOU are not a canner, but your mother IS. Wouldn’t this be a sweet little project to include your Great Aunt in? Take her out to lunch and ask her who had the best [fill in the blank]? Talk about old times and new times and good food.
Each of your 3 recipes must be different: only ONE bread or one salsa or one pickle, etc. If you send in MORE than 3 recipes, then you may repeat main ingredients. No recipes, please, that you simply plug into allrecipes.com. Unless, that IS the recipe you’ve used for the past 5 years. We’re looking for Old Time Religion, here.
Since this is likely to be a smaller group (although, y’all have shocked me more times than I’ve lost power out here in the boonies), I thought maybe we’d up the ante a bit as well. Three recipe contributions gets you a copy of the pamphlet (or novel) of Old Time Goodness AND a partner to trade an apron with. Mmmmm hmmmm. Canning is messy work, and we be needing some coveralls to make tomato sauce.
You can find plain aprons for $3.50 in the super market kitchen aisle. You can make one. You can find a vintage one at a garage sale. You can buy one off etsy. It can be a half apron, a full apron, or anything in-between. It just cannot say ‘Kiss the Cook.’ Lord knows the world does not need any more Kiss the Cook aprons floating around.
• Please only sign up if you are willing to play all the way through- as in, email your recipes AND your apron in a timely manner.
Recipes in to me by September 13. Aprons out by October 4. •
So, think about it. I’ll have the recipe template ready by the end of the week. If you’re IN, start collecting your recipes. I’ll email you the template and we’ll get to creatin’ some Homesteading Goodness.
In other news, Curt has asked me to grow my hair out. Why? Because he “wants to be married to his girlfriend.”
I honestly do not know what to do with this kid.