The Canning Wife

Pizza night!

There’s just something cool about making your own pie… Tonight I chose 2 different pizzas, the first being a Buratta heirloom pizza.


We love our pizza nights

Roll out the dough, then  ladle a cup of your  favorite Marinara sauce and add your fresh ingredients. Let’s see, there was… Oh yes, sliced fresh burrata cheese, which is really  fresh mozzarella with the cream inside. Then we layered small heirlooms on top of the cheese, about a handful of sliced basil, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of organic olive oil. For the finishing touch drizzle a really good and well aged balsamic vinegar on the top. Not that vinegar tart stuff , I’m talking thick, sweet almost syrupy balsamic.  Pop it in your pre-heated oven at 425, or higher, and cook until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling. Or grill it. Either way it’s so amazing I could eat the whole pie.

So, so good...

So, so good…

Okay, on to the next. This one can be considered a pizza or a flat bread. I personally love thin crust pizzas but you can roll the dough to how thin or thick you like it. Drizzle olive oil all over the dough and set aside. In a saute pan add some olive oil, 1 onion sliced, 1 yellow squash sliced, half a bag of kale or whole head of kale, and finally a package of chopped pancetta. Mouth watering yet??


Seriously you could just eat it like this and be happy…

Saute the veggies until they are almost all the way cooked, then spread the veggie mixture on top of the dough and put it in the oven and cook until the pancetta is crisp and  the crust is a nice golden brown, I also put a whole clove of garlic in some foil with olive oil and salt and roasted it for about 40 mins. It’s going to be a great finishing touch to this flat bread.



Julie my sister topping the flatbread


I just wait until the crust looks a perfect golden brown before I pull it out of the oven

Don't forget the roasted garlic!!!

Don’t forget the roasted garlic!!!


The roasted garlic was a perfect companion to these veggies

This was like a slice of heaven...

This was like a slice of heaven…

I love cooking but what I love evern more is the people I am cooking for..

I love cooking but what I love even more is the people I am cooking for..


So sweet


After dinner on the farm, kids running around and a nice visit from the in laws. Who walked over from there house.

After dinner on the farm, kids running around and a nice visit from the in-laws who walked over from their house. They live just across the field.

Owen looking at Papa

Owen looking at Papa





Summer is finally here

Summer is finally here


Lulu my favorite chicken

Lulu my favorite chicken



Just because you should always take time to stop and smell the flowers

Happy summer friends!!! Cheers

































Albacore Tuna Subs….

Sandwiches | May 26, 2013 | By

So I think everyone who knows me has some clue to the fact that I’m a sandwich-a-holic….its true. And sandwiches shouldn’t be wimpy…..they just shouldn’t.

Today, my home canned albacore tuna subs were the perfect fix. Here goes!

Gather your gear..

Gather your gear..

Every year my mother-in-law gets together with her gal pals and pressure cans fresh albacore tuna that was just caught. I was able to get about 60 cans a few years back and still have some! This year I am going to can with the gals and post all about it. I love canning with women who really know their stuff. It’s such a great learning experience for me. So to start this sub I used 2 cans fresh tuna, kosher salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of a lemon. Put it all in a bowl. Then, my husband made a tarter sauce which was lemon juice, salt, pepper, 2 of my home canned spicy pickles, and some of the pickle juice mixed in a food processor with mayo. I was so impressed with this sauce. It was delicious! Just use whatever pickles you’ve got. Then take 3 or 4 heaping spoonfuls of the yummy sauce and mix it into your tuna. Add as much as you like. Just taste as you go.


Then grab some bread…I happened to think hot dog buns would be good so that’s what I used. I buttered, I toasted, and finally I melted one slice of  Kraft Singles on the bread. (after toasting I flip em over, put the cheese on, and put a pan lid on top so they would melt) Now add your sliced spicy pickle, sliced tomatoes and 2 scoops of the tuna mixture.  Pretty isn’t it? Then just drizzle some yummy tarter sauce on top of the tuna along with paper thin slices of white onion and some Italian parsley, salt and pepper.



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Yum! So very satisfying.. and I am so full.  Well friends, I hope you make this simple yet scrumptious sandwich and enjoy it as much as me. Happy memorial day weekend!

  • 2 cans albacore tuna
  • salt&pepper to taste
  • squeeze of a lemon
  • mix together in  a bowl
  • toast a hot dog bun on a hot griddle or pan with butter
  • add your slice of cheese on top of the toasted bun and melt
  • add 1 pickle sliced on top of cheese then tomato slices
  • add 2 scoops of tuna and drizzle with remaining tarter sauce
  • tarter sauce recipe- 2 spicy dill pickles, 1 cup mayo, some lemon juice and pickle juice, salt and pepper. blend in food prosser
  • add sliced white onion
  • torn Italian parsley

In A Year’s Time…

Wow, so much time has passed since I have had a moment to blog!  Here’s just a quick update about my life this past year….. I gave birth to my second son, Owen. He is such a blessing. Getting to have 2 boys its pretty cool. Especially living out in our little country setting, they get lots of space to run and crawl! (and get really, really dirty)

Owen :) Such a sweetie pie! And one of the reasons I haven't had much time for blogging.

Owen,  such a sweetie pie! And one of the reasons I haven’t had much time for blogging. Or anything for that matter!

I also started to foster a little pittie ( Pitbull) dog named Cookie.  We ended up adopting her and giving her a “forever home”. 

She now looks like this. Both my dogs were rescused from pretty horrible situations and now they are as happy as can be!

Both my dogs were rescued from pretty horrible situations and now they are as happy as can be!  Adoption is the way to go in my book.

Here is a picture of Parker. Now four and about to graduate from his first year of pre-school!! He’s full of energy this one, and out to concur the world! 



Jason and I are pretty content here on our little farm, the sun is starting to shine and the days are getting longer. We are eating outside every chance we get.   And I am, of course, trying new recipes out and getting excited for lots of summer canning!! I’ve also really been in to french cooking lately! Who knew! I am starting up blogging again and will try to post a new recipe once a week. I really have missed this. Until then here are just a few more pics of life these days…