The rustic life. Homemade jams, pies, and nostalgia. Cowboy Hats and chiles. As time goes by I become more in love with the rustic life. Taking pleasure in the simple joys in life, instead of getting hung up on things that do not matter. Whether that be the latest cell phone or designer clothes, nothing is better than a homemade meal with family and friends. Cooking is an unabashed joy that I will love until my dying day.
Jam or Jelly. Whatever you prefer when it comes from the store it is full of scary ingredients that require a science degree to understand. When made at home it is fun and you know exactly what you are feeding friends and family. This recipe is spicy and sweet and down right fantastic. Hatch Chiles hail from New Mexico and are flavorful and spicy. Someday I plan on making it to the Hatch Chile Festival. It is on my food bucket list which is separate from my normal bucket list.
This recipe is suitable for biscuits, toast, and anything else you can think of. We have been so inspired by the new season and have gotten in to the spirit with figs, apples, chiles, and everything else wonderful about fall. Naturally pumpkin is coming up as well. Yum.
In the meantime I will be enjoying the rustic life..right in the middle of Alexandria, Virginia.
Hatch Hot Pepper Jelly
1 pound hatch chile peppers
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 lemons, quartered
1 cup apple cider vinegar
6 cups sugar
3 half-pint jelly jars
Place jars and lids in large pot of water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars to paper towel to drain upside down.
Wash peppers and remove stem. (For milder jelly, remove seeds) Cut in large chunks and pulse in food processor until finely chopped.
Place peppers, lemons and cider vinegar in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove lemons and squeeze juice into mixture. Add sugar and boil for 15 minutes.
Pour jam into prepared jars. Wipe rims clean, then remove lids from water and tighten rings. Place jars of jam in boiling water bath and boil for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Lids make a popping sound when sealed.