It’s always fun to try new things in the kitchen! There has been lots of cooking and baking going on in the kitchen the last few weeks. Here are a few of the creations that were made:
Homemade fresh pesto! This year I grew basil in my herb garden, and because I love pesto on my pizza, I decided to try making some. I looked up a recipe and found one that I liked. Here is what I used:
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves
1/2 T of lemon juice
2 T of grated raw cows cheese
2 T of sunflower seeds*
2 T of olive oil
I chopped the seeds, olive oil, and garlic in the food processor. I washed the basil leaves and then put them and the lemon juice in the food processor. After chopping those ingredients up I added the cheese. I pulsed the mixture until it was smooth. Then I spread it on half of my pizza. It was delicious!! I will definitely make it again! This recipe makes a 1/2 cup of pesto. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, and can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you do freeze it, leave out the cheese, and add it right before you serve it again.
* I would recommend grinding my sunflower seeds before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. I did not, and my seeds were not fully chopped up, so the pesto was kind of chunky.
The next thing on the menu was canned apple pie filling! I picked my apples from my cousin’s neighbor’s apple trees. I got Jonathans, McIntosh, and green Fuji’s. I used Jonathans and McIntosh in my filling. Here is how I did it:
I washed, peeled, and sliced my apples (about 5-6 quarts). Then I tossed them with 8 teaspoons of tapioca flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 tablespoon of cloves. I melted a 1/2 cup of honey and stirred that into the apples. Then I spooned the apples into 4 quart jars, filling them to about 1 inch from the top. I heated about 4 quarts of apple juice and poured that into the jars, filling them about 1 inch from the top. Then I boiled my lids, screwed them on with rings, and put them in the canner to water bath for 30 minutes. I haven’t tried them yet, but they sure do look delicious! I plan on saving three to enter in fair next year!
While I was busy canning my mom was busy making pumpkin pie bars! Yum!
I also got to have popcorn last night! It was a special treat for being off inhalers for a whole year and as a celebration for being on the Paleo diet for a year! Yay, popcorn!
Please let me know if you like these posts. Anna and I are new to blogging, so we are just figuring out what to post about. If you would like me to stick to a certain topic instead of just randomly posting about things that are happening, please let me know. Thank you for reading!