I love peppers. Other than the onion family, they may be my favorite vegetable. This year we grew Serrano, Jalapeño, Cayenne, Super Chili, and Anaheim (my favorite), and Tabasco peppers.
The day before our first freeze was predicted RH cut all the Tabasco peppers, one pepper I hadn't used all summer, saving them for hot pepper sauce.
I save pretty glass bottles that are perfect for hot vinegars that enhance pots of pinto beans or collard greens all winter.
This is the easy kind of preserving that is all I do anymore. No more chili sauce, corn relish, pepper relish, pickled peaches, and every kind of jam and jelly that I made as a younger homemaker.
Here's a picture of my mother who keeps me company in the kitchen, the expert chili sauce maker. I especially love this picture that was used at her celebration of life service the week before everything shut down in 2020. I was sitting by her when the picture was taken, our arms around each other, and I think about that when I cook.
Dewena was her middle name, as it is mine.
I stepped out on the kitchen porch later that day to cut the rest of peppers and some herbs for Bolognese sauce for supper.
Our little cayenne plant remained small all summer, not producing enough peppers to string and hang in the kitchen.
I'm wondering if I can just store them in a glass jar after they all dry?
Look what RH brought in from a friend later that day. Wow, the mother lode of peppers! Perfect for stuffed peppers!
It was also a day for bringing in a few houseplants and I asked RH to bring in my favorite outdoor pot with three shade plants that was still so pretty. I picked them out with birthday money early summer, two different tiny ferns and the tall plant I can't remember the name of. Will they survive in the house?
I also cut a few blooms from the Mandeville vine I bought with my birthday money.
This was our first time to buy this plant and it rewarded us with blooms all summer long in the garden.
I wish I could have brought the whole vine in for winter. Naturally after the hard freeze we were back to beautiful days.
Perhaps we'll even have a Tender Tennessee Thanksgiving.
What's it looking like where you live?
P.S. Here's the Bolognese sauce cooking away!