Monday, August 13, 2007

Mother Nature's Bounty

Today is canning day. A cooler morning, low humidity, and an abundance of ripe organic tomatoes makes it a perfect time. Pasta sauce is on the menu. Whether it's preserving for fun or just so I know what's in that jar, I find it both rewarding and satisfying to see my pantry shelves stocked with an array of jars containing the goodness of summer fruit and vegetables.

It fills the kitchen with an alluring aroma that connects me to the earth and my ancestors. Preserving the foods concocted from family recipes is the very essence of life.

On a cold, snowy, winter day I need only to open the lid and it will take me back to the season when the gifts of Mother Nature were aplenty.

So support your local farms, indulge in the goodies they grow, and be thankful for the delightful food that nature provides.


carole said...

Oh Susan:
You take me back to my upbringing. My Mom (she is 99) taught all 5 of us girls to can fruits, vegetables, make jams and pickle cucumbers. Supporting organic farmers is the only way to go in Los Angeles; the heirloom tomatoes with their aromas and colours are so perfect in all respects.

Sharon & Rodger, American Harvest said...

Hi Susan,
Your website and blog site are beautiful. How do you find time to maintain them and do canning? You must be one of those super women!!! I plan to visit often. Thank you for commenting on my blog today.

Michelle said...

My Mother canned as her mother before her, but it's not my thing. I do make preserves during christmas. that's my one time of the year where I make things by scratch.

Colleen said...

Hi Susan! I thought I was the only one who canned anymore!! I don't think I would take on tomatoes but kudos for you. I would love to make my own pasta sauce. YOu are amazing.


Katie said...

Oh Susan, do you know, I never paid attention to my mom's blog list of places she likes to visit, and I am just in love with the beauty on this blog! Thankyou so much for the beautiful pictures!
I'll be frequenting this site, I can tell you that!!