Thursday, August 26, 2021

Dilly Beans - Pickled Green Beans

Dilly Beans are crunchy relish style green beans, pickled in a simple brine and flavored with fresh dill, garlic and chili flakes. 
Dilly Beans
I just recently purchased and learned how to use a pressure canner! It was a bit intimidating, but once I got over the fear it was really pretty easy. I had an abundance of green beans in my garden and I wanted to can them, but the only safe way to process green beans, other than pickling is by using a pressure canner. 

Green beans are low in acidity, so hot water bath canning is not recommended or safe. Before my pressure canning days, I either froze or pickled my fresh green beans. Adding vinegar adds acid, which makes it safe to process the green beans in a hot water bath canner. Pickling green beans is one of the easiest canning recipes.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Retro Strawberry Jello Poke cake is infused with strawberry gelatin and topped with a real whipped - cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. 🍓
My favorite recipes have always been retro recipes, because they remind me so much of my childhood. Refrigerator cakes date back as far as our grandmothers and are still a favorite in many households including mine. Jello Poke Cakes are the one dessert that have been popular for quite some time and they're so moist and delicious. Poke cakes can look a bit intimidating, but, they're really easy to make.  

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

How to Dry Fresh Herbs in the Oven

Drying and storing your fresh herbs is a great way to retain their flavor so you can enjoy them year round. Drying herbs in the oven only takes about an hour and it's so easy. 
Do you have an abundance of herbs growing in your garden? Today I want to show you an easy method to dry fresh herbs and preserve their flavor for months. Each year I plant an herb garden and we enjoy fresh herbs right out of the backyard throughout the season. It doesn't take long for herb overload to set in, so you will have to find a way to preserve them. 

There are 2 methods for drying herbs. You can tie them together and hang them up to air dry naturally. Which is a good method, but it takes up space as well as time. The other method is oven drying herbs which is the quickest and my preferred method to dry herbs. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

My Texas Table - Our Best Jam, Jelly & Preserve Recipes

Happy Tuesday friends!!!  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a nice summer thus far? It's Newsletter time again and in this month's issue of My Texas Table it's all about preserving summer fruits by making homemade jams, jelly or preserves! 

There's nothing better than homemade jam or jelly. Once you start making your own, you'll ditch the store-bought stuff all together. Plus homemade jam and jellies are a great way to preserve and enjoy the flavor of summer throughout the year. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Easy Lasagna Freezer Meal

A simple Lasagna made in freezer friendly disposable pans! Cook once, eat twice.
Freezer meals are wonderful to have on hand, especially if unexpected guests drop by or when you're just too busy to cook. My family loves easy freezer meals, but of course I love them the most. I mean, who doesn't love having dinner in arms reach. Sure, they take a bit of time to prepare, but in the end it's so worth it.