Crock Pot Pinto Beans (Frijoles)

Crock Pot Pinto Beans (Frijoles)

To 2 cups of well rinsed, good beans from the Colorado highlands (or lesser beans from somewhere else), add 7 cups of cold water, half an onion (or a couple of crushed garlic cloves), a small dried chili, and some epazote or a few cilantro 

Saba (サバ, Mackerel)

Saba (サバ, Mackerel)

Take a whole, gutted mackerel, salt the hell out of it (inside and out) with some good sea salt or kosher salt, then broil it until nicely colored, or–better–cook it outside on a grill or your house will smell a little gamey for a day 

Sauerkraut and Bread Make a Meal

Sauerkraut and Bread Make a Meal

This is the kind of simple, tasty meal that one can prepare with sauerkraut and bread (both hecho casero), scrambled eggs, and a little mayonnaise. Bread, eggs and fermented cabbage.  Nothing else needed.  On second thought, maybe a nice, sour beer would have been a nice 

Garden Betty’s Ruby Kraut

Garden Betty’s Ruby Kraut

Found this lovely, 4 pound cabbage at the farmers market and was inspired to again try my hand at sauerkraut.  Using this Garden Betty recipe as a guide, here’s what I did: Used our lovely and somewhat impractical old mandolin to shred 1.70 kilograms of cabbage. 

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

Here’s what I started with: A lovely cabbage from the farmers market (used 1.63kg of this mammoth 2.7kg beast!) My cool, new fermenting crock from In Ferment Salt, 36g Juniper berries and caraway seeds, maybe 1tsp each Here’s a recipe I found, which I liked 

Pickled Jalapeños (Escabeche)

Pickled Jalapeños (Escabeche)

I started with a some beautiful farmers market jalapeños, cauliflower, garlic, carrots, and an onion.  I found this recipe to put it all together.  Here’s what it looked like in the pot, before the apple cider vinegar was added.  After adding apple cider vinegar.  Ended 

Cherry Preserves

2 lbs of sweet, Bing (?) cherries from the previously abandoned house next door 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 2t of Pomona pectin (sans calcium water) Scant 2 cups of sugar Dash of salt 1T of balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice Yield was 

Mockuavit!

Made 3/4 liter Mock Aquavit using an Andreas Viestad recipe. Variations: Used 360 grain vodka instead of potato. Added 2 juniper berries. Toasted all of the spices beforehand. Used 3/4 of all of the ingredients called for, but didn’t sweat using a whole clove. (Where