Smokey Picked Rutabaga- Putting Up with Erin Smokey Picked Rutabaga- Putting Up with Erin

For about three seconds this morning when I was getting dressed for work (my non-science job at the women’s vintage shop), I wished I had a fashion blog. Hurrying through the small alleys of Portsmouth, NH, I realized that not only was I double fisting a large cup of coffee and a green smoothie, but that I was donning a total vintage Indiana Jones meets chic Montana outfit today. Trend setter, perhaps? Imagine me riding a buffalo while eating pickles, too much… too soon? 🙂 On another note, I finally resurrected my kombucha hobby last night. At the Portland Food Swap this past week, I swapped a jar of my onion & sage jam for a SCOBY and some ‘bucha starter liquid! I plan on focusing my energy on secondary fermentation creations this time around… think ginger and turmeric flavor.

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Smokey Tomato Jam- Putting Up with ErinSmokey Tomato Jam- Putting Up with Erin

A little over a week ago you may recall me bitching about how behind I was on canning tomatoes this season. Well here ya have it folks… behold… tomato jam! Oh, this isn’t just any tomato jam, this is an extra smokey char broiled tomato jam. While I realize that the season is coming to an end and it may be too late for a few of you to find good tomatoes, better late than never, right? I started this season off by first making pickled cherry tomatoes and have a few more recipes that I have yet to share (hint: preserves, sauce, etc.). This past Sunday we spent some time in the garden, and despite the overwhelming weeds there were still plenty of tomatoes to be harvested (thanks permaculture). 15lbs of juliet tomatoes to be exact. With over half of them being deemed as ‘seconds’, and the fruit flies centering in on their smelly good target, I needed to use them up fast. I plan on using this smokey jam in place of BBQ sauce and ketchup… smokey tomato jam and sweet potato fries, oh man, on man!

We are heading up to the Common Ground County Fair put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity, Maine this weekend. The fair is focused on celebrating rural and sustainable living in New England. I’m looking forward to the various workshops and events, in particular the “Making & canning low-sugar jams” as well as the “wine-making made easy” sessions. I’ll report back on Monday. Have a nice weekend and as always, thanks for putting up with Erin. 🙂

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