Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Just enough grapes this year for one batch of jam—an experiment to combine all my favorite recipes into one. See how it turned out. . . . → Read More: Spiced Grape-Orange Jam

Balsamic-Basil Strawberry Jam for #HotSummerEats

You’re getting a “two-fer” today for #HotSummerEats….a extraordinary jam recipe and a extreme hot dog creation. Intrigued? . . . → Read More: Balsamic-Basil Strawberry Jam for #HotSummerEats

Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade for May C.L.U.E.

Today I highlight a favorite blogger’s terrific jam recipe. . . . → Read More: Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade for May C.L.U.E.

Apple Marmalade

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful that I made this marvelous recipe for this most divine preserve! . . . → Read More: Apple Marmalade

Grandma’s Apple Butter

I vowed to make the family’s favorite apple butter with part of our bushel of Jonathan apples. Here is an heirloom recipe that just might be in your family, too. . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Apple Butter

Oktoberfest Beer Mustard with Charcuterie for #10DaysofTailgate

Can up some beer mustard for gifts (or your next tailgate). . . . → Read More: Oktoberfest Beer Mustard with Charcuterie for #10DaysofTailgate

Roasted Tomato Soup

I’m in a funk….

Work has been busy but what else is new?

Although I have cooked and baked, I just haven’t felt like posting anything. (And if I am being totally forthcoming here, I haven’t cooked or baked all that much. Lots of sandwiches recently ’round here.)

Is it the weather change?

Am I . . . → Read More: Roasted Tomato Soup

Ginger-Peach Jam (Freezer Version and Traditional)

I must praise the book my mom got me for an uber early birthday:  The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.   For more information and praises on this book, click here for an earlier post.

Since work is still super busy, I am pulling this draft out of the archives from peach season . . . → Read More: Ginger-Peach Jam (Freezer Version and Traditional)

Tomato Jam

We are picking tomatoes daily.   Be prepared, dear reader, for lots of tomato recipe.

I am going to start out with the best one ever:   Tomato Jam.   If you have a garden, visit farmers markets,  or belong to a CSA, you must have this book:   The Preservation Kitchen by Paul . . . → Read More: Tomato Jam

Sweet Sriracha Pickles

I was inspired by pickled dirt.

Truly.   I pickled some chard stems a while back and my mother assessed that they tasted like “pickled dirt.”

OK, so the pickled chard was an acquired taste but that pickling liquid was da’ bomb!   I made up some of this sweet-hot brine and threw in . . . → Read More: Sweet Sriracha Pickles

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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