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

Marinated homemade feta cheese

Dec 14, 2013

Extra Milk? Make Homemade Feta Cheese

Last week I made homemade feta cheese.  It arose out of a pre-Thanksgiving decision to buy extra milk.  With a couple kids home from college and Grandma visiting, I figured we’d go through a couple gallons more. Wrong.  We were even full up on milk jam (a caramel syrup made from milk and sugar), which is my kids’ first choice … Continue reading

Strawberry Pancakes, Served

Jul 8, 2013

Organic Strawberry Syrup and Pancakes (or…)

It’s strawberry season!  And after two years of modest harvests the fields are overflowing–what a welcome sight! And so I bought 4 cases from my CSA. For the detail oriented, that’s 60 lbs.  We gorged ourselves, froze berries, dipped berries in chocolate,  made three varieties of jam (recipes next year, I promise), then wondered what to do next. Hmmm, make … Continue reading