Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

Pickled Carrots

I was going to name these: Isabelle’s Pickled Carrots.  Not after me, another Isabelle.  Turns out this isn’t her recipe either.  You know, the other Isabelle.  It’s from a lady named Ginette.   The Isabelle was/is the mom of 3 little girls I babysat about a million years ago.  Isabelle was, and still is (although I haven’t talked to her in ions), a lovely lady.  She was also our neighbor.  This has nothing to do with pickled carrots other than I really thought this was her recipe.  I don’t really know the Ginette lady.  She was my mom’s friend.  I was never her friend or her kids’ friend.

Bottom line: I have her recipe for pickled carrots.  I found it in an old keepsake recipe book I’ve had for years, where everything is hand written, sometime neatly, most times poorly.  Well I rambled on enough about nothing relevant, but take my word for it, these pickled carrots are delicious and actually super easy to make.  Thank you Ginette, wherever you are!

time to get the carrots pickled! :)

time to get the carrots pickled! :)

Ingredients:

3lbs carrots cut into sticks (about 30 carrots)

1 bunch fresh dill

10-12 whole garlic cloves peeled

1/2 cup kosher salt

2 cups white vinegar

5 cups water

6 pint size mason jars, cleaned and completely dry

How to:

In a large pot filled with boiling water blanch your carrots for 30 seconds.  Put your carrots in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.  Put your carrots in your clean jars, add 1 or 2 garlic cloves and a piece of dill.  I went with a decent size piece…my notes didn’t say what size!  Set aside.

bright beautiful carrots!

bright beautiful carrots!

packed and ready for the liquid

packed and ready for the liquid

In a large pot combine your salt, vinegar and water, bring to a simmer, do not let this boil.

Fill your jars with your warm liquid, leaving about 1/2 inch head space.  Put your lids on and place in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes.   Remove from water bath and let cool completely, check your seal after 24hours, they should NOT pop when pressed.

no worries I will push down on the carrots that are trying to escape!

no worries I will push down on the carrots that are trying to escape!

my "make-do" water bath...it will be better next time

my “make-do” water bath…it will be better next time

Notes: I am not a great canning girl….yet…I am working on it.  So here are a few things I wanted to share with you.

~I guess you can make any shape carrots you want but my notes said sticks.

~I learned the hard way that you MUST truly clean your jars with soap and hot water!  You must thoroughly dry everything prior to canning.

~ You can re-process your cans if the lid didn’t seal properly OR you can put them in your fridge and it should keep for a few weeks.  We lack space in our fridge because I am a food hoarder so I need to make sure it seals properly!

~ Here is a great canning web site: Fresh Preserving

~ it seems everyone has their own little tricks when it comes to canning…do what you prefer, this is just my first attempt!

not bad for a first experience!

not bad for a first experience!

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I am happy my “first” canning experience went well.  I also made some Sweet & Spicy Pickled Cucumbers because my garden is FILLED with cucumbers this year.  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen, love the sweet spicy aspect!  Delicious!

pretty cucumbers from our garden!

pretty cucumbers from our garden!

Peace and Not the other Isabelle,

Isabelle

Rocco’s Gnocchi with Greens

It’s not a secret that I have a bit of a food crush on Rocco DiSpirito.  Lucky me, I found a fun and FILLED with recipes cookbook at my library by Captain Adorable himself!  The cookbook is: Rocco’s 5 minute Flavor.  Matt saw the book on the counter and said: “so what else does that guy Rocco do other than cooking?”  I thought: “he looks good, that’s a full time job!”  For once, that was my inside voice (inside my head that is).  I just smiled and moved on.

The cookbook doesn’t have enough pictures for me….pictures of Rocco…oops I mean pictures of his food.  I am a visual person.  I like pictures to tell me what it might or should look like if I decide to cook something.  When I make up my own recipe, I have to picture in my head what I want it to look like.  In the clutter of my mind, mixed in with all the weird voices (kidding) I see pictures!  Back to Rocco’s cookbook, there are a lot of amazingly simple recipes that pretty much anyone can follow.  Lots of great flavor combinations, yet much to my surprise not a whole lot of pastas.

I did however choose a pasta to make from his book: Gnocchi with Toasted Garlic, Walnuts, and Bitter Greens.  I adore greens (it’s part of my southern obsession).

Simple Ingredients= Amazing Results

Ingredients:

2 (17.5-ounce) packages fresh potato gnocchi

3/4 cup olive

5 gloves garlic, chopped

1 1/4 cup walnut halves, slightly crushed

3 cups packaged mixed bitter greens (collard, mustard, and turnip greens)

salt and pepper

1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese (or parmesan cheese)

How to:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions.  Drain.  An easy way to know if they are done is when they rise to the top.  (see pic) Do not overcook them, otherwise you will have gnocchi mush on your hands.

Rising to the occasion...or top of boiling water!

Meanwhile, in a large pan heat your olive oil until hot.  Add garlic and walnuts and cook until the garlic is a deep golden brown and nuts are aromatic, about 3 minutes.  Add the greens and season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the greens are wilted.

Olive oil, garlic and walnuts...divine fragrance

Greens... oh yes!

Add gnocchi to the pan and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with the Pecorino-Romano.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Serve immediately.

It all comes together right here!

Note: I know it may seem like a lot of olive oil.  But it works.  Once you add your gnocchi (which tends to be “doughie”) it will make a great sauce and coat everything beautifully.

Time to dig in!

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Peace and Inside Voices,

Captain Clumsy