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before we met 
whatever it is 
that we did 
in smiles and nods 
and eye to eye 
had ever I you love 
and known this future 
to see 
a son that shines 
through morning and 
the night he pierces 
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free 
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hand in hand tomorrow 
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Dilly Asparagus!

From Mother Earth News: peppy dilly beans

  • 5 pounds beans or GLF Asparagus
  • 6 cups of vinegar
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of salt
  • whole garlic cloves
  • peppercorns
  • fresh dill or dried dill
  • fresh chili peppers or dried chili flakes

1.Wash up the beans and trim to fit your jars. Depending on my mood I sometimes leave the tops of the beans attached {some people are put off by this, but I think that it shows the beans are homegrown and fresh-- plus the bean tops serve as a wonderful hook in your spicy cocktail}.

2. Heat vinegar, water and salt in a pot to just before boiling. Place one garlic clove, one chili pepper (or 1/2 tsp dried), a few sprigs of dill (or 1/2 tsp dried) and several peppercorns into each hot sterilized jar. Pack jar with trimmed beans and fill with vinegar mixture leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process in a boiling water canner for 5 minutes (adding additional time according to altitude in your area.)

 

Note: If you don't have 5 pounds of beans, don't fret! You can easily pickle and can what you've got using the 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water ratio-- it works just the same! Sometimes I might only do 4-5 jars at a time.

Good Life Goes ZING! for ginger...

Welcome to Fall's ode to our current star crop- Fresh, Young Ginger!  Please join us in eating and preserving this fabulous rhizome in all its forms- medicinal, delectably sweet, zingy and tart or crunchy raw!

First up, general storage and freezing advice.

Good Life ginger is harvested fresh and delivered the same day.  As a tropical plant grown in the much shorter season of the Northeast, it is a perishable product and is different than the cured ginger we generally find in the store.  Young ginger lends a flavor and freshness to dishes that surpasses cured ginger, as well as opening up more opportunities for culinary experimentation.  Consider trying it raw- grated into greens and root salads- cooked into vegetable dishes or in tea, ginger beer, glazes, sauces etc. 

Storage and perishability considerations:

  • Young ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for 10-14 days in a sealed container.
  • Any part of the root not used within 14 days should be frozen in a sealed plastic bag, and can be used for months afterwards.  GLF will deliver ginger well washed, but please double check and remove all dirt before freezing.
  • Use pre-frozen ginger still frozen and return unused portions to the freezer.  Repeated thawing and freezing will damage the storability of the root.