It really is that time of year... the fire place is in constant use, sweaters have made their way into wardrobe rotation, the last of the peppers were rescued from the garden, we've had frost and are expecting flurries this weekend... also my seemingly annual fall cold has taken hold (not entirely unexpected for a teacher) and I was officially under the weather last week. The silver lining to feeling unwell - it was more than enough excuse to open up some of the canned minestrone soup that Rob made back in July. How I love pressure canning. The soup was incredibly fresh and was so perfect for those nothing tastes right when I'm sick moments. The recipe was a classic minestrone from Cooks Illustrated. Fresh veggies from our garden were simmered with a parmesan cheese rind - heaven. Sorry, no that isn't a picture of our delicious minestrone canned goodness above... those are a very small portion of the green beans canned this summer... all photographic evidence of said minestrone soup have disappeared, just as the soup itself has been lately. But our pressure cooker that scared me silly the first time we used it (I said, "Is it supposed to make that noise? What happens if that things blows?" to which my guy replied, "Yeah" and "We die." Nice...) has been providing us with little reminders of our harvests in the summer. It's lovely to spread peach jam on toast or reach for our pickles when packing a leaf-peeping picnic. So right now, I'm loving the fruits of our efforts and time well spent preparing for... right now. I hope you are enjoying the right now as much as we are. Have a lovely end of the week!
::peach jam being made::