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Here is Part 2 of my preserving projects from yesterday. This jam is an addicting combination of spicy and sweet. We had it with crackers and cheese last night, and a lot of people recommend serving it with cream cheese. Do you have any other good ways to serve jalapeño jam?

This recipe came from the Pick Your Own site. It is such a detailed recipe, including the canning method, that I am not going to attempt to repost it. Just check out the link. It’s an extensive site if you are interested in other preserving projects.

A few notes about my own experience with this recipe: I only had 12 peppers from the garden ready to go, so I halved the recipe. Also, I did NOT use food coloring, but I love the amber color that naturally came through. Finally, I did not use gloves. Big mistake. Big. Huge. Putting my contact lenses in this morning was torture. I recommend gloves when dealing with this many hot peppers. 

 

 


After a week of enjoying the local cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, I’m back! It was fun to see the similarities and differences between the produce available on the west coast compared to what’s been growing here on the east coast. We loved the restaurant Local 360, located in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. My husband and I shared a greek salad, and I was dreaming of making a similar one while on the red-eye back to NY. Lucky for me, my green-thumb-of-a-mom happened to  have a surplus of all the key ingredients on hand from her garden and CSA. If you mix in the beans and serve it with toasted pita, this salad turns into a satisfying meal. For my original greek salad post, otherwise known as the salad that started it all (which is quite different from this one) click here!

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced with a mandoline
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 pounds of a variety of tomatoes–core and seed the bigger ones, slice the little guys in half
  • 2 green bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can small white beans (such as navy), strained and rinsed-optional
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1 shallot,finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare the dressing by mixing together the vinegar, shallots, garlic and oregano. Whisk the oil until combined and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix the onions in with the dressing and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.

2. Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper, and beans (if you are using them) in a large bowl.

3. Add onions and dressing mixture and combine. Adjust seasoning as necessary. If you are using beans, you probably want to add more salt.

4. Sprinkle with feta, and serve with toasted pita.

Some Highlights from Seattle’s Pike Place Market