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Mujadarrah (Rice and Lentils With Caramelized Onions)

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Roasted Zucchini and Saffron Risotto

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More Canning Adventures – Salsa


Well, last year, I canned for the very first time,and the very first thing I made was Salsa. I opened the last jar of it a few weeks ago, and decided that is what would start this year’s round of canning for me, too.


I bought a case of tomatoes and onions at the Farmer’s Market over the weekend, and that Monday, got up and got to chopping.

The only alterations I made from my original recipe was doubling the hot peppers -I used a mix of jalapeno and serrano peppers, and I added the juice of one lemon with the limes.

I did about double the recipe and got 8 1/2 quarts of salsa this time. That should get us through another year! The final tally for ingredients? About $ 1.07 per 32 ounce jar – not too bad!


It was much easier this year, with one round already under my belt. I actually plan on giving a few of these away at Christmas too, along with some homemade corn chips.

My canning syllabus has another round of peaches – I already canned 10 pounds yesterday, but am waiting for the rest to ripen up, peach honey and chow chow, which will be undertaken tomorrow. I have already chopped up the veggies for it, so there is no turning back now!

Stay tuned for the continuing saga!

Homemade Lower Sodium Onion Soup Mix

One thing that I have noticed about eating healthier is that most convienece foods have been thrown out the window for us.

I know that something that I always enjoyed the use of was onion soup/dip mix…you know – like the Lipton variety. But, the salt content is enough to just absolutely gag me now.

I was at the Farmer’s Market a few weekends ago and found a 50 pound bag of onions for $12.00 and couldn’t resist the challenge to make my own mix.

I’d say the biggest thing you have to have with this recipe is patience. It took me 4-5 days to dry out the onions in my dehydrator. Once that was completed, however, the mix was a snap.

I gave it a whirl with a beef pot roast in the crock pot that night. It came out flavorful, although the flavors are a bit more subtle than the store-bought variety. I was very pleased overall, especially since it was so much lower in sodium and cost a fraction of the brand name!


Homemade Lower Sodium Onion Soup Mix

– yields 75-100 servings, but is easily stored

  • 7-12 pounds sliced onions, dehydrated
  • 1/4 c. beef bouillon
  • 1/4 c. no-sodium beef bouillon
  • 1/4 c. salt free garlic and herb seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
  • 5 tbsp garlic powder
  • 5 tbsp dried parsley

mix together and store in airtight container or zip storage bags.

use 2-3 heaping tablespoons as you would use store-bought mix