This week we made and canned some simple tomato and green chile salsa, which I expect will be great to pull out in the middle of winter and munch with some tortilla chips (if the jars last that long, we go through salsa pretty quickly around here.)
We have a beet pickled egg with cardamom and star anise, as well as a curried pickled egg with Indian spices, a jalapeno pickled egg with cumin and oregano, and a tarragon pickled egg with mustard seeds. My favorite is the beet pickled egg.
Most pickled beets I find are much too vinegary, hiding rather than enhancing the naturally sweet flavor of the beets. My mother has a way of preparing pickled beets that is truly delicious, complementing the sweetness without overpowering it.
Pomegranate molasses is a traditional ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and can be found at Middle Eastern markets, or you can easily make some yourself with some pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon.
A bag of pears is a lot to get through before they spoil. So, I decided to simply can them, in a light sugar syrup, with a few pear-loving spices thrown in for good measure. It's an easy way to preserve the fruit when it's at its ripest.