A very Middle Eastern spice mix, I use it in almost everything that has even a hint of the Mediterranean. Sprinkle this over a plate of hummous, dip some pita in olive oil and za'atar, have some lemonade with mint and you're in paradise.
This is the first recipe I ever used to can apple butter. Recipe starts out with applesauce, great for any time of year. It was my first time canning and it turned out great! This would make great Christmas gifts. I gave a lot of mine away earlier this year and everybody loved it. Their only complaint: put it into bigger jars! This recipe make a dark, spicy, and sweet apple butter. Makes a great sandwich with PB.
Note: 3 quarts is equal to 12 cups or 96 ounces applesauce.
Freezing is a simple and excellent way to preserve fresh culinary herbs. Packing in ice cube trays makes it easy to always have fresh herbs on hand, adding fresh herb flavor to soups, sauces, and drinks. Some people prefer to freeze in a good quality olive oil, I prefer the boiling water method, which is listed in this recipe here today. You can freeze herbs individually or in combinations of other herbs.
I have been making this for years and it is my husband's favorite seasoning! Great over brown rice! Gomashio is a macrobiotic seasoning and is said to de-acidify the blood. Eating too much acidic foods is said to cause many diseases. Gomashio is said to strengthen digestion and improve energy immediately. It is claimed to be healing for all blood related diseases, including diabetes and cancer. I don't know too much about that, but it is delicious and we eat it all the time! I find the unhulled sesame seeds at the health food store.
Traditionally called "Gomasio", this seasoning is a staple in Japanese cuisine and is a sure hit in your kitchen too! Try sprinkling on steamed veggies, white rice, on pasta tossed with a little oil, soba noodles tossed with a touch of sesame oil and green onions... the possibilities are endless!