My friend Leah is a true Southern Belle. Her beautiful mama, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting, was clearly a great cook. I know this from tidbits that Leah drops, “Oh…. mama used to add some ginger to her fig preserves”  What a difference! I will forever add ginger to the figs.

Today she gave me a recipe for a ‘ Chili Sauce’  her mother used to make. This is not a ‘ Hot Sauce’ rather it is sweet and tangy but the heat can be adjusted to taste. Since I had all the ingredients from the Potager I gave it a go.


18 ripe tomatoes peeled & chopped

3 green peppers chopped

6 onions chopped

Cook the above ingredients till tender.


1 1/4 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg

Dash or two of cayenne pepper or to taste

Cook till a medium thick consistency, this will take several hours so plan ahead.

Chopped tomatoes & peppers

Onions ready to go…

Final result….. DELICIOUS!


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