Eggplant Antipasto

When the late summer harvest is starting to pile up around you, Eggplant Antipasto is a delicious topping for bread or crackers that features local produce and can be preserved so it lasts all winter. This recipe is a winner, even to those who think they don’t like eggplant.

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Chicago Mix Popcorn

This unusual mixture of caramel corn and cheese popcorn is all the rage. My friend Marilyn told me she had some at Garret Popcorn in Chicago and they served it warm. I was surprised to learn that the popular mix actually originated in Minnesota and there have been lawsuits over the use of the title Chicago Mix Popcorn. I doubt I’ll get sued.

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Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot peppers are funny things. Sometimes they’re so hot you can hardly eat them and sometimes they have no heat at all. I wanted my Hot Pepper Jelly to have some heat and I knew the peppers I planted this year were going to do the job. You can make a mild version of this by using only sweet peppers but then it wouldn’t be Hot Pepper Jelly, would it?

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Nuts and Bolts

I have no idea why people make this around Christmas but it seems lots of people do and everyone has their own version. Some people call this Bits and Bites. No matter what the season or what you call it, Nuts and Bolts is a tasty mix of toasted cereals, pretzels, crackers and nuts, perfect for snacking.

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Salsa

When tomatoes are in season and plentiful, making your own Salsa is a delicious way to preserve those late summer flavours. This is a tried and true recipe that’s been given double thumbs up from all the taste testers.

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