This month's notes: January 2014: The weather is great, apples are ripe (see our apple varieties guide), hayrides, Fall fun and corn mazes are open now! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.
During the past few weeks, I’ve been a mean cooking machine. From the amazing cake mix cookies to the incredibly popular Chicken Fajita Tacos, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and then sharing with all of you. If you’ve been visiting often, you know I’m not a natural in the kitchen. Easy Vegetable Pot Stickers Recipe
Soft Taco Filling: Stewed Mushrooms with Onions and Garlic Hongos Guisados Yield: about 1 1/2 cups This side dish can be made into a substantial taco filling as well. 12 ounces fresh mushrooms, washed and chopped into 1/2 -inch pieces1/2 medium onion, dicedFresh hot green chiles to taste (roughly 2 chiles serranos or one chile jalapeno), stemmed, seeded and finely minced2/3 cup any poultry broth or water1/2 small lime, juiced1 tablespoon lard, bacon drippings or fat rendered from chorizo1 ripe, large tomato, roasted or boiled, cored, peeled and roughly chopped OR 3/4 of a 15-ounce can tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped1 1/2 tablespoons chopped epazote (optional)Salt, about 1/2 teaspoon (depending on the saltiness of the broth) Stewed Mushrooms with Onions and Garlic - Rick Bayless recipe