Monday Basics: Preserving Tomatoes Without the Cans


It’s the end of the tomato season, but there is still time for you to stash some organic heirloom tomatoes away for a chilly winter day.

It’s Time to Preserve the Harvest Again: Diced Tomatoes


Last year I posted this when I was working on recipes for my book. This was my canning work around. I hate having the stove on when it’s hot outside. But I wanted to enjoy cheap, organic heirlooms all winter and spring – and I did! Another plus is that you can freeze heirlooms that […]

Preserve the Harvest – Diced Tomatoes


The only thing as good as a fresh picked, perfectly ripe tomato in the middle of summer, is opening the freezer in January and pulling out a bag of summer tomatoes that you put up yourself. In the hot summer the last thing I want to do is have the stove on all day. So, an alternative to canning fruits and veggies is freezing them.

Slow Cooker Bunch of Beans Soup


You can get bean mixes at any supermarket. Many bags of mixed beans have a ham seasoning packet in them. Sometimes they are labeled as if they have meat in them, but they don’t. Just discard the powder ham packet and get to cooking some vegetarian soup! I use one of my favorite ingredients in this recipe – Garlic Tabasco. It’s not […]

Slow Cooker Meatless Tortilla Soup


I love tortilla soup and it’s hard to find a good vegetarian version when you’re out. So this is just another excuse to stay in and save some more money. Serve it with a salad topped with black beans, green chilies, and salsa to make a complete meal. Slow Cooker Meatless Tortilla Soup (*gluten-free) Prep time: 15 […]

Slow Cooker Chickpea Butternut Squash Soup


Butternut squash is a beautiful thing. The fact you can buy it already cut up in the produce section or freezer at your local grocer makes it even better. While it’s not hard to do it yourself, you may find yourself eating more of it when it’s so easy. You can prepare one from scratch […]

Slow Cooker Vitamin A Blast Black Bean Chili


There’s nothing better than a steaming post of warm chili waiting for you to come home. This one has a surprise guest of sweet potato. Both black beans and sweet potatoes are a great source for vitamin A and C. Your doctor will be proud. You can use either canned black beans or dry ones. […]