bookmark_borderSANDRA’S REFRIGERATED PICKLED RED ONIONS

It’s terrific how these pickled red onions become so crispy
while being refrigerated in this flavorful brine
giving you a delicious sweet-spice vib…
Yield: (6) 1/2-Pint Size Mason Jars, or (3) Pint-Size
Prep: 15 Mins.
Cook Brine: 30 Mins.
Refrigerate: Min. of 3 days, or up to 1 month
INGREDIENTS:
Brine:
(*Note: I prepare pots of brine about 6 hours beforehand to ensure it has sufficient time to cool so it’s ready when I began the jarring process. Or, to speed up the cooling process; once the brine has cooled somewhat, carefully place entire pot in sink filled with cold water, just so water is about 1/4 the way up from outside bottom of pot.)
4 cups water
2 cups white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup pickling spice
3/4 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
Onions:
3 medium red onions, thinly sliced from top to core direction to 1/8″
METHOD
Add all brine ingredients to a large non-reactive pot (I use stainless steel); stir to combine. Bring brine to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Let cool completely with lid on – Important! (See *note above.)
Strain the brine through a colander, lined with a double layer of paper towels, into a large bowl to catch the pickling spice and provide for a clear brine when jarring the red onions.
Pack sliced red onions into jars. Use a glass heatproof measuring cup to assist in pouring the brine mixture from the bowl into each jar to within 1/4″ of rim.
Use a teaspoon to press the onions down into the vinegar and pop up any air bubbles in the jars. Let the pickled onions cool to room temperature for 1 hour. Refrigerate a minimum of 3 days, or up to 1 month. Always keep them chilled in the refrigerator (do not store in pantry). ~ Enjoy!
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Tip: These pickled red onions are fabulous and incredibly delicious when added to appetizers, tacos, burritos, nachos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S JALAPEÑO-LIME JAM

My vibrant Jalapeño-Lime Jam is flecked with tiny bits of peppers
that adds a jewel-like flair to appetizers.
Spread on a block of warmed cream cheese and serve with crackers,
or as stated below with Smoked Wild Alaska Salmon…

Yield: 7 (8 oz) half pints

Prep: 20 Mins.
Process: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
12 medium jalapeño peppers, with ribs and seeds, roughly chopped
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar, divided
1/2 cup bottled lime juice
6 cups granulated sugar
2 (3-oz pouches) of Liquid Pectin
1 TB cold unsalted butter
10 drops natural green food coloring
7 (8 oz.) sterile glass canning jars with lids and bands
METHOD
Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
Pulse peppers in food processor or blender with 1 cup cider vinegar until small chunks are present. Do not strain purée.
Combine purée with remaining 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/2 cup lime juice and sugar in a large heavy-bottom pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add 1 TB butter and 10 drops natural green food coloring; stir to combine until butter has melted (this rids the jam of foam, so no skimming is required).
Add pectin, immediately squeezing entire contents from pouches. Continue to boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Ladle hot jalapeno jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Wipe rims with damp paper towel. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is finger-tip tight.
Place jars right side up in canner ensuring water is 1” above them. Bring to boil and begin timing processing for 10 minutes.
Remove jars and place to cool upright on a clean kitchen towel for 15 minutes.  Use a potholder to turn over for 15 minutes (so the speckles evenly distribute and don’t float to the top), then turn upright to cool completely. The jars will ‘ping’ as they seal, but double check lids to ensure they’re sealed after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed. ~ Enjoy!
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TIPS:
—Great when layering Ritz crackers with whipped cream cheese, pickled salmon, pickled onions, then top with a dollop of this jalapeno-lime jam as an appetizer.


—Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an uncovered 8-oz. block of Cream Cheese on a baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes; top with jalapeno-lime jam. Serve with crackers on the side.


bookmark_borderSANDRA’S HOMEMADE CINNAMON-RAISIN SWIRL BREAD

A quick 5-minute no-knead dough to prepare the night before,
then easy to roll out and add swirl filling upon waking the next morning
to enjoy throughout the day…

Yield: (1 loaf)

O/N Prep: 5 Mins./Overnight rise time: 9 -12 hours
Next Morning Prep: Roll/Add Spiral Filling: 10 Mins.
2nd Rise 1 Hr.
Bake 35 to 40 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon active yeast (not rapid or instant)
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups slightly warm water (tepid)

–2 teaspoons Mazola oil
(For top and bottom of dough ball so it doesn’t stick or form crust while rising in bowl)
Swirl filling
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

Brushing top
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

METHOD
Add flour and sugar to a medium-size bowl. Add yeast and kosher salt and stir thoroughly. Add barely warm (tepid) water, then stir thoroughly. The dough will look rough and shaggy.
Lightly oil top of dough using a paper towel, then oil your hands (to prevent dough sticking to them); turn dough in the bowl so the whole ball of dough is slightly coated with the oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Throw a kitchen towel over top and underneath of bowl and set it in a warm corner. Leave it alone for 9-12 hours. (Save plastic wrap).

When risen, roll dough into a 8×12″ rectangle, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, then raisins. Use the rolling pin to roll these ingredients into dough by pressing across them.  Start at the short end of the dough rectangle and roll into a loaf, and pinch final rolled edge to seal.  Place loaf seam-side down into sprayed loaf pan.
Cover dough with same plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
About 15 minutes before the hour is up, preheat oven to 375F.

After the full hour, the dough will have risen and nearly doubled in size.

Use the tip of a sharp knife to score loaf top down the middle. Brush loaf with melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes, turn in oven, then bake for a final 20 – 25 minutes (until internal temp reaches 190F).

Remove bread from oven. Brush a final time with melted butter. Remove to a baking rack and wrap loaf in a clean kitchen towel to cool. Slice and serve! ~ Enjoy!