Serrano Peppers

February 5th, 2010

How to Dry

Thread stems with heavy string placing hot peppers close together and making the strand as long as you wish. Hang in dry area with the air circulating freely around the strand. Takes several weeks. When using fresh or dried hot peppers, wear gloves to protect your hands because the oils in the peppers can cause severe burns. Don”t touch your face or eyes. If peppers do come in contact with your bare hands, wash thoroughly with soapy water. If burning persists, soak online casino hands in a bowl of milk.

Remedies for eating a pepper that is too hot for you:

Drink milk, rinsing the mouth with it while swallowing, ice cream or yogurt. Eat rice or bread which will absorb the capsaicin. Drink tomato juice or eat a fresh lime or lemon

* Do not drink water – it will distribute the oil to more parts of the mouth.

The Ugly Apple

November 5th, 2009

Another year has come around and things are quieting down out here in the boon docks. No local food season is complete without some wild apples. Don’t get me wrong they are as ugly as they come and I know what those who don’t read the newsletter will be saying “what the heck are these things?” But lets look beyond the skin, for me apple season is the best because we get to roam from tree to tree tasting the many different varieties. The two we settled on this season have a strong juicy flavor, just peal off the skin and enjoy.

The truth is it is difficult to grow a blemish free apple in Wisconsin. It can and is being done but mostly non organically. Because of our relatively humid weather and high pest load apples require a mix of chemicals to control issues. With wild apples they are left to their own device and many thrive with bumper crops of apples ready for the picking.

Usually we will take our wild apples and crush them into a cider which we drink through the winter, or bake them in a pie. Whatever you do just give them a try

Arugula

October 5th, 2009

rugula — is a spicy little leaf, which some describe as bitter and others characterize as having a “pepperymustardy” flavor. Because it is so potent on its best online casino own, it is often mixed with milder greens to produce a nice balanced salad. It can also be sautéed in olive oil. In Italy, arugula is often used in pizzas, added just before the baking period ends or immediately afterwards, so that it won't wilt in the heat

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Lakota Squash

October 5th, 2009

Lakota Squash—Heirloom seed. A unique variety, once cherished by the Lakota Sioux, and distinctly shaped like an overgrown pear. Features a deep orange flesh with dark green
blotches and grows between 3-7 lbs. The fine grained orange flesh has a mild sweet and nutty flavor.

New Ways to Toast Winter Squash Seeds

October 5th, 2009

Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
1 egg white
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grained sea salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the egg white, sugar, cayenne and salt. Add the pumpkin seeds and toss well. Drain off any excess egg white (using a strainer) and place seeds in a single layer across a baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until seeds are golden. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar and cayenne pepper when they come out of the oven. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Makes one cup.

Curried Pumpkin Seeds
1 egg white
2 teaspoon curry powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grained sea salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 375. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the egg white, curry powder and salt. abuse contacts . Add the pumpkin seeds and toss well. Drain off any excess egg white (using a strainer) and place seeds in a single layer across a baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until seeds are golden. Sprinkle with a bit more curry powder when they come out of the oven. Taste and season with more salt if necessary.