Tag Archives: canning

A Super Neat + Cute Trick for Decorating Jam Jars

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Filed under Leftovers

No, I promise this isn’t turning into an all-canning blog, despite my most recent posts.

I wanted to share a super neat trick with you that I originally saw on Pinterest from Brown Paper Packages.

If you’re looking for a cute way to spruce up your home-canned goodies, look no further.

Prepare for your mind to be blown. Okay, not really. But it’s still pretty cool. Read More »

Strawberry Jam and Some Canning Tips

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Filed under Home Cooking + Recipes

My Opa recently brought me some of his homegrown strawberries. He had so many, he needed to share. I was happy to take them off of his hands.

The beauty of homegrown strawberries is that you can let them ripen on the vine, yielding the reddest, sweetest, most strawberriest berries you’ve ever eaten. The problem with conventionally grown strawberries is that they’re often picked before they’re fully ripe, and are left to ripen off the vine. I mean, they’re fine, but their strawberry essence often hasn’t had time to come to fruition.

When life gives you strawberries — you guessed it — you make strawberry jam. Read More »

Simple Homemade Ketchup

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Filed under Home Cooking + Recipes

It’s a snow day. We don’t get much snow here in the Pacific Northwest, but when we do, it incites a mixture of widespread panic and delight.

Put me in the delight column. I love snow. It immediately puts me in a better mood, a more relaxed one. When it snows,  I’ll be more likely to make you a cup of cocoa and go for a walk in the snow than be in my normal state of frantic espresso-drinking while huddled over my computer, working.

It’s also a Sunday, which is my main cooking day of the week. Typically, I make a couple of large meals like a big pot of soup or a roast to last us through the week without having to cook on weeknights. Tonight, I’m making meatloaf, a favorite meal of Casey’s.

While checking the cabinets and fridge for all the ingredients, I had a minor spat of panic, even in my snow-lulled state.

We have no ketchup. Read More »

Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles

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There’s nothing I love more than a  family business success story.  Even better, a local (to me) Tacoma family business.

I work in a family business myself, and I know the joys and challenges of working with family.  It seems to me that the ladies of Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles have got it figured out and are producing a mighty fine pickle, one jar at a time.

I have a confession.  I lead a double life.  A Big Mouthful is my food blog  mainly focused on recipes.  And then there’s Tacoma Foodie, a Twitter and Facebook I maintain to fulfill my local food and restaurant fix.  This is how I found about Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles, and I thought I’d share it with you, O’ Big Mouthful reader. Read More »

A Wedding, Raspberry Jam + Thumbprint Cookies

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Filed under Home Cooking + Recipes, Leftovers

                                              Sara Tro Photography

It’s true.  I haven’t blogged in quite a while.

Life has a tendency to get in the way of “extra” activities, and I am not immune from being overly busy and bogged down with day to day craziness.  You know, like work.  Work, work and more work.

Oh, and a little thing called a wedding. Read More »