Saturday, 21 April 2012

"S" is for Salsa, Scones, Smoked Salmon....and Sophie

"S" is for Salsa 
(Green Tomato)


    * 8 lbs green tomatoes (approximately 16 cups chopped)
    * 6 large onions
    * 6 green peppers
    * 3 sweet red peppers
    * 3 – 6 jalapeƱo peppers (depending on taste)
    * 6 garlic cloves, minced
    * 1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
    * ½ cup salt
    * ½ tablespoon black pepper
    * Cayenne pepper to taste (about 1/8 tsp)
    * 3 cups vinegar
    * 1 cup lemon juice


    * Coarsely chop tomatoes, onions, and peppers
    * Combine all ingredients in a large kettle and mix well
    * Heat to boiling, then simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring frequently
    * Ladle mixture into hot pint or quart jars, filling to within ¼ inch from top
    * Wipe jar rims with damp cloth or sponge
    * Adjust lids
    * Process in hot-water bath: 15 minutes for quarts; 10 minutes for pints (start timer after jars have been placed in pot and water in pot has returned to boiling)
    * When processing is complete, remove jars from pot and allow them to cool to room temperature. Check seals. Label sealed jars and store in pantry
    * Jars that don’t seal can be placed in refrigerator (use within three weeks) or immediately reprocess with new lids
    * Makes about 3 quarts (6 pints)


"S" is for Scones

4    cups flour                                          1                    egg
4 1/2    tsp baking powder                       1           cup sugar
1    cup butter                                         3/4  cup dried fruit

Place all dry ingredients (except fruit) and egg in food processor.
Pulse 4-5 times until crumbles are pea size.  Empty into a large bowl,
add fruit and enough fresh milk to make a soft dough.

Roll out onto a floured surface and cut out with cookie cutter or
thin-rimmed glass.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at
325-350* for 15-20 minutes. 

Bake until lightly golden, then turn out on a cooling rack.

These are delicious when you spread fresh butter or cream cheese on them.

You may use raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries or small chunks of dried apricots


"S" is for Smoked Salmon

Roger is a real "foodie"- He loves bottling and canning, but I think smoking salmon and other fish is probably his favorite food hobby!!  Two years ago, he built his smoker, that holds five can smoke a lot fish at once.

Here are a few pics...


This time I saved the best for last....
"S" is for Sophie

Sophie is the first great-grandchild for my mom, which makes 
her my great-niece.  She is absolutely adorable and has caused quite a stir in our family
.....take a look at these pics and you'll see why!!