Moving gives me such weird feelings. First, I get excited about the move to a new, better place. Then, I start to feel sad about leaving Mike and my first home together. Then I get frustrated and tired of the whole packing and moving process. Then I feel relief when it is finally over. Finally there is excitement again about the possibilities the new place presents.
The other night, Mike and I stayed up late because it just felt weird walking back and going to sleep in a room we are so unfamiliar with. It is strange because it still has all of our same stuff that we have in the old place. The room is even set up in almost the same way, but it just feels different. I’m sure we will start to feel settled soon enough.
Unfortunately the move coincided with the start of summer produce at the farmer’s market, which meant a lot of preserving. I suppose I could have waited a week or two, but I get so excited about finding the first pickling cucumbers (yes, I know I’m a little unusual).
Probably the best find of the weekend was sour cherries…I could not believe my eyes when I saw them! I was sure there would not be any at my market since making pies and canning seems to have fallen by the wayside for so many people. It took me a while to figure out what to do with them, but I finally decided to can them as pie filling. I modified this recipe by omitting the Clear-Jel (kinda freaks me out) and the red food coloring (also freaks me out), and replacing the lemon juice with white wine vinegar because that is all I had.
This weekend I also made some unfermented pickles, I am in the process of making some fermented pickles, and am almost done with my kimchi. For these recipes I used The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich, a book that I highly recommend for all the yummy looking pickles and preserves. Other things that I plan on making are pickled onions, hot and sweet peppers, giardinara, chutney, ketsup, and of course many more! And now a question for you…do you preserve the harvest? What are some of your favorite recipes?
I want to apologize for being away for so long…dear blog and readers how I have missed you!