Roasted Yellow Cherry Tomatoes – Terry Juhl

Your bush is loaded with them – yellow cherry tomatoes!

Here’s a simple and delicious way to keep enjoying them for a little longer.


Place tomatoes on a roasting pan. Sprinkle salt and olive oil over them, then cook in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes.

Let cool


Add them to salads, freeze them, blend them, add them to spaghetti sauce or make appetizers out of them.

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Pickled Beets – Bushia’s

Select 1&1/2 to 2 inch diameter beets.


Pressure cook until tender. Peel and pack in quart jars.
Pickling brine:
2 cups water or beet juice
3/4 cup vinegar (white)
almost 2/3 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken
Bring to a boil. Remove cinnamon stick.
Pour over beets in jars. Cap. No need to water-bath.
Let stand for at least a few days.
Jeanette (3rd Daughter, child #5):
This one really reminds me of Bushia and “the big room” and big family dinners at holiday times. Pickled beets were very festive with their deep red color and tangy taste.
Lisa (Grandchild #1):
The big room!  I remember it being long and narrow; dimly lit with two long rows of twin metal framed beds along each wall. They seemed to go on forever….were there twenty beds? Why were they there?  …I don’t ever remember contemplating that question in my 5 year old brain. I only remember the slightly dusty smell, the crinkly linoleum in the back bathroom, Jaja’s dark, cave-like gardening work room at the very end…and jumping on all those beds!!  Was it Jon or Peggy jumping with me?
Dianne (Firstborn & Lisa’s Mom):
“The big room” was big and long.
The beds were mostly for the duck hunters. Busia and Jaja would rent the room out during hunting season.
The beds were also for family who came to visit and for us kids when we would stay at their house if Mom and Dad were gone somewhere.
The room at the end was Jajas tool shed.
Busia would have family dinners out in the big room when there were too many people to put in the house.
Your Dad, you and I lived in the big room for about 6 months or maybe a year when we  were traveling  back and forth from Colusa to Cottage Grove, Oregon every 2 weeks.  You had your 1st Birthday in their house.

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Making the Most of Produce – Oranges, Lemons & Limes

Use these simple techniques to improve getting every use possible out of fresh produce.

 Oranges & Lemons

When oranges and lemons are in season and abundant, 

peel them and set the peelings out to dry

store in a cool open place and check frequently to make sure they have plenty of air circulation (and are not growing mold!)

once peeling are dry, tear them into quarter or dime sized pieces and store them in a glass jar

use them to make tea, grate into dishes, or put into a coffee grinder to make powder

juice the insides and freeze the juice in ice cube molds

****I froze the lemon pulp that was the waste product from the juicer… thinking it would make a great cleaning product – but have yet to figure out how to get it from point A to point B.  Any ideas?



Zest them  – set the zest out to dry

Place dried zest in clean baby food jars for storage

Freeze the juice in ice cube molds.