четверг, 25 августа 2016 г.

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To say that I am smitten with these Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles would be an understatement.

I love them.

In fact, I love everything about them. Their ultra easy preparation, fresh texture, and fabulous flavor with a spicy kick have found a permanent place on my summer recipe roster. These quick and easy refrigerator pickles are an awesome way to enjoy all this wonderful summer squash that’s available right now, in a whole new spunky kind of way.

I had never pickled squash before. Have you?!


Do you know Amanda Paa from Heartbeet Kitchen? She is a friend of mine from here in Minnesota, a bubbly, super sweet, positive-thinker, and just plain lovely person that I hope you’ll take the time to get to know. I met Amanda through our local food blogger group, Fortify, when I first started blogging over four years ago. She’s never without her signature beaming smile and tinkly laughter. I adore this girl. Can you tell?!

And with that introduction, I want to also share with you Amanda’s very first cookbook, hot off the press. It’s called Smitten with Squash, and it’s a real keeper. In between its covers, Amanda’s passion for cooking with fresh ingredients, specifically with her beloved squash, is translated to paper in the sunny manner that Amanda is known for. She includes a bit of history from the Cucurbit (my new favorite word!) family that holds hundreds of varieties of squash, plus helpful kitchen tips and a host of wonderful recipes.

Amanda is also known for her gluten-free cooking and baking, so you’ll find all of the recipes in her book with both regular and gluten-free instructions. Be sure to check out her blog for more gluten-free recipes.

When I received my copy of Smitten with Squash, I went straight to the section on summer squash. It didn’t take me long to flag half a dozen recipes to try. I’ve already made my way through a few jars of pickled red onions this summer, which really only deepened my craving for more pickles. Amanda’s spicy squash pickles beckoned me to try pickling squash for the first time. And what a treat they turned out to be!

If you’re looking for a super easy recipe to add a little fun to your next summer spread, give this spicy pickled squash a try. My husband doesn’t really care for all my pickling experiments, and I’m ok with that. But it was fun to come across a recipe that Blake actually dug into the jar for more than the required I-tasted-it-so-now-leave-me-alone taste test. He liked these kicked-up squash pickles a whole lot. I see a few more jars in our future before summer ends.

Would you like your own copy of Smitten with Squash? I’m giving one away! Just go here to enter the #squashlove #giveaway!

Smitten with Squash is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You can find Amanda on her blog at Heartbeet Kitchen, and on facebook, Pinterest, and twitter.

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Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles {quick & easy!}


3 tsp. mixed peppercorns

1-1/2 tsp. coriander seeds

1-1/2 lbs. yellow squash and zucchini, sliced into thin rounds.

1-1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

2-1/2 T. honey

In a large glass jar or bowl that holds about 2 quarts, add the cilantro, garlic, peppercorns, coriander, red pepper flakes, zucchini, and onion. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vinegar, water, salt, and honey to a boil. Pour hot mixture over contents in the jar, pressing down on the vegetables so that brine covers them completely. Let cool on the counter to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or 2 days for maximum flavor. Keeps in refrigerator for 2 months.

Note: Amanda's recipe calls for using 3 pint-size jars and dividing the cilantro, garlic, peppercorns, coriander, red pepper flakes, squash, zucchini, and onion evenly amongst the three jars before pouring the hot brine into the jars. I altered the recipe to make just one large jar. Use whichever method works best for you!

Original article and pictures take http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/07/21/spicy-squash-refrigerator-pickles-recipe-quick-easy site

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