Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jalapeno Jelly Plate, Friday Friend Recipe #12

I have so much I want to talk about, so much I want to share:

The Handyman and I went fishing
A walk thru my old stomping grounds
About a dozen recipes and that many books too
My trip to San Francisco area to attend the Methodist Church's CA-NV annual conference as a delegate.

I just never seem to have enough time.  Am I lazy?  I would like to think not BUT,   I did find this funny picture/joke today on Facebook, that describes me to a tea this afternoon:

(sigh),  yep that was me this afternoon.    I was so tired after being gone all week.  (more about this later on in the week)

I guess I better get back on this Friday Friend Cookbook goal.   (my friend Barb thinks I've given up---little does she know!)
There are over 50 friends who I consider "Friday Friends"  (see this post), but all of them didn't turn in a recipe in every category, nor did they turn in but one for the whole cookbook.  Some of them turned in many recipes for many categories.    My plan was to introduce you to them one at a time, but I have to give that up and just  make recipes as I need them and then introduce you to them that way----sometimes over and over again, as is the case with  my great friend Debbie Engstrom.   (coffee every Tuesday morning at  6am, come rain or shine)  
She loves to cook and has sent many recipes in.

Here is the deal tho....the name of the recipe in the appetizer section is  Jalapeno Jelly Plate.  And it was turned in by me!

It goes like this:

1 brick cream cheese, 1 jar jalapeno jelly, asst. crackers.

Place cream cheese on a nice serving dish...score every inch with knife...about half-way thru the brick.  Pour jelly over the top and serve with crackers.  Cracked pepper crackers are the best.

Hmmmm ---- I don't remember putting that last line in there.  I don't know that I've ever had cracked pepper crackers.  (I think that might have been added in by the editor/publisher, Barbara Brown )

I know I meander --sorry.   
This past Christmas Debbie gave me some of her  HOT PEPPER JELLY.   And earlier this year, I used her pepper jelly to make this appetizer and thought WOW, it is so good.   So, I lately stole another jar of the pepper jelly from her, when I was in her house all alone and made this appetizer for the Handyman after our fishing trip on Father's day.

Notice he is laying around reading on Father's Day afternoon.  As it should be!

Here is the recipe for 

Debbie E's Hot Pepper Jelly:
for the sake of disclosure, I know she got it from's really, really good!!

Original recipe makes 6 (8 ounce) jars

  1. Sterilize 6 (8 ounce) canning jars and lids according to manufacturer's instructions. Heat water in a hot water canner.
  2. Place red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers in a large saucepan over high heat. Mix in vinegar and fruit pectin. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Quickly stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil, and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and skim off any foam.
  3. Quickly ladle jelly into sterile jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the tops. Cover with flat lids, and screw on bands tightly.
  4. Place jars in rack, and slowly lower jars into canner. The water should cover the jars completely, and should be hot but not boiling. Bring water to a boil, and process for 5 minutes.

My story on her?  (man, this could be hard to say something different about her each time--she sent in a ton of recipes)  She and her husband are runners and hikers.  I so admire that they spend their days off hiking.  And their evenings during the week, running.   And in between this all, she cooks. And she cooks good stuff!!  Besides the pepper jelly for the holidays, she also made homemade saltines! 

This photo was from today!  I just stole if off Facebook. 
It's the beautiful high Nevada Desert--- Granite Peak in the Santa Rosa Mountains---the highest point in our county, 9,732 feet in elevation.  That's high!


Sally said...

Great idea. I may have to try making my own hot pepper jelly. I will definitely use the bought locally kind on the cream cheese as an appetizer. thanks!

Tina said...

I have never had pepper jelly. A virgin sofa the pepper jelly world, that's me, always a step behind.
Love the photos of Nevada, absolutely beautiful!

Karen said...

That jelly looks really good. I make jalapeno jelly and have put it over cream cheese. Yum!

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