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Monday, June 4, 2007

Canning - the answer to quick food Part two

My canner is making noise as we speak. I cooked 16 pints of chili and 5 quarts of jambalaya. I usually cook my soups and chilis one day and can them another day. This way any grease that is in the dish makes its way to the top of the pot, and it can then be scraped off. This makes your dish even healthier.Canning is one way I take care of my family. I know what they eat, how it is prepared, and what goes into their food. It is one of my little ways to let them know how much I love them.

Canning - the answer to quick food

On Sunday my friend came over and we made Jambalaya and chili. The jambalaya turned out great. She brought this great spicy sausage that really added a great flavor to the dish. We chopped, sliced, diced, and generally made a huge mess in the kitchen. My friend hadn't canned before, so this was a learning experience for her. I think the canning process was easier than she originally thought. Canning isn't that difficult. The really neat part is that you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen. We did because we decided to make two different meals. My big tip for anyone wanting to can soups and chilis is to cook them one day and to can them the next. The reason for this is the grease that will rise to the top after cooling off in the fridge for the night. We cooked a large batch of chili and while the flavor was great, I could taste grease in the chili I ate the day we made it. After letting the chili sit all night, there was quite a bit of grease that had risen to the top. Not only is this healthier for a person, I think it tastes much better with no grease. I know. You are thinking that I should just drain the meat, right? I did, but the meat I used came from a split side of beef and some of it is greasy. For anyone who wants to know, canning chili is simple. All you have to do is cook your chili, put it into clean, sterilized canning jars, add lids and liners, and place it in a canner with enough water so that 1/3 of each jar is covered. Put the lid on the canner and adjust to 10 pounds of pressure. Bring the canner to a boil and cook under ten pounds of pressure for 35 minutes.Have fun canning! It is a great way to have the good food you like any time you want

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Yummy Dinner

Two of my favorite foods are sausage and shrimp. Put them together and you have a great meal. I sauted garlic in olive oil, added white wine, chicken stock, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and lemon, and cooked the liquid down. I added cooked anduille sausagde, shrimp, and asiago cheese. After everything was heated through, I added parsely and the pasta. I tossed everything together, added a little more asiago cheese and ate dinner.It was a very good dinner, and it only took a few minutes to make. There is nothing better than cooking a wholesome meal for your family

The Cook's Corner

This is the blog of a foodie. I love cooking and I want to share my love of cooking with anyone who cares to listen. I will be posting different entries that center on what I am cooking and what I would like to cook. I would love input from other people. Sharing a love of cooking is a wonderful thing.

What is your banjo (your light, what brings you joy)? Mine is my family, cooking, and writing. For me cooking and writing are my ways to express myself. Instead of saying I love you over and over; even though I say it all the time, I show my family in other ways. I cook for them. I try to give them the best food, prepared the best way I know how. Chopping fresh herbs; using good ingredients; making up recipes; and amazingly enough, cleaning up are all things I enjoy doing not only for my family; but for myself as well.

Canning is another favorite hobby of mine. One of the neatest aspects of canning is that I can have homemade food at the drop of a hat. There really is no limit to the things one can can. I have canned chili, jambalaya, tortilla soup, taco soup, clam chowder, and tortilla soup. After gaining fifty pounds eating fast food while I was in school, it is great that I can eat healthy without much fuss at night.