How I made my first jelly (hot pepper). And fixed it when it didn't gel. And turned it in to a delicious hot pepper jelly cream cheese appetizer.

Mar 19, 2017

Hot Pepper Jelly. Plus (Surprise) Syrup. Oops.

My first jelly.  Hooray!  And (for better or worse) another example of how an “oops” can become a win.  I set out to make Hot Pepper Jelly and (eventually) ended up with a delicious jelly AND a tasty syrup.    This all began with the Food in Jars online Mastery Challenge.  Every month challenge participants make a new kind of preserve—January … Continue reading

Feb 26, 2017

Citrus or Mushroom Flavored Sea Salt

There are sooo many things that have been on my “to do” list for ages. Which is why I like Marisa McClellan’s Food in Jars Challenge.  Some people (me!) just gotta have a deadline!   So today (two days before the end of this month’s salt preserving challenge) I made three varieties of Flavored Sea Salt–lime, orange and mushroom.  

Jan 22, 2017

Orange Cranberry Marmalade

Whew, winter’s having a year.  Flooding on the west coast, crippling ice storms, ugly drab in the upper Midwest (which I’ll take over the other two).  I hear even Europe’s suffering.  Would some Orange Cranberry Marmalade help?  I stumbled across a fun “event” a couple weeks ago.  The blog, Food in Jars, is running a year-long canning challenge for readers … Continue reading

Dec 16, 2015

Sugared Cranberries

Cranberries are a big part of the holiday season.  Besides being seriously critical to cranberry sauce, they are delicious (fresh or dried) in a variety of baked goods. And if that isn’t enough, they make a lovely decoration–from candle holder to well-styled food.  I am fussier about the presentation of my dishes at Christmas than any other time of the … Continue reading

Pickled Cranberries with Chicken

Jan 3, 2015

Sweet Pickled Cranberries

Do you know what’s lurking in the back corners of your refrigerator?  I dare you to look!  I just found two partly used packages of cranberries on the bottom of my fruit drawer.  Since we have all had our fill of cranberry sauce this season, I made Pickled Cranberries!  While canning is often considered the province of summer and early … Continue reading

Draining buttermilk from homemade butter

Oct 26, 2014

Making Homemade Butter

I have been making homemade butter for over a decade.  It’s always interesting to see the variety of internet information on the subject, but let me tell you a secret. Instructions like, “Pour cream into a jar and shake until it turns into butter” are not a serious take on butter making–unless you are talking a fifth grade history lesson. … Continue reading

Homemade Peach Mustard

Jul 21, 2014

Homemade Peach Mustard

Sometimes there’s nothing like homemade.  Even for something simple like a condiment.  Peach mustard in this case. Last summer I did a lot of canning. I debated about posting the recipes right away but I knew that the mark of a good recipe is making it again (though, as a seasonal foodie, this may mean next year).  I canned a … Continue reading

Mar 7, 2014

Homemade Meyer Lemon Curd (with Printable Labels)

A few weeks ago my produce buying club had a deal on Meyer Lemons–I took this as a sign.  You see for a whole year I had been thinking about making Meyer Lemon curd.  Yes, this was clearly meant to be!   It started when a couple of my blogging friends (Karis & Abby) made orange curd.  They both did … Continue reading

Filling jar with lemons and salt

Feb 24, 2014

Preserved Lemons

I just began my second batch of preserved lemons.  The first was started right before Thanksgiving, aged a month, then quickly began to disappear. Preserved lemons are salty, lemony, flavor bombs that can rev up a bland dish and give it some exotic nuance. According to Wikipedia: Preserved lemon or lemon pickle is a condiment that is common in Indian … Continue reading

Orange Cranberry Chutney with Curry

Feb 5, 2014

Orange Cranberry Chutney — Winter Preserving

Every year, I try to increase my local eating–so this year I did a lot of canning!  It was so much fun and the only downside was the fact that the bountiful fall got a little frenzied.  Yes  I was soooo ready for the first frost (strange as that seems now in this wild winter). But now I miss it–every … Continue reading