Red Wine, Madras Curry, Tandoori and Rosemary – Four New Perfect Pear Jam Flavors

I have a generous Asian pear tree that each year delivers me several bushels of fruit.  My go to recipes to preserve are poached, jammed, dried and sauced but I love to play with spices and flavor combinations. Last year the new jam flavors were red wine, madras curry, tandoori and rosemary. Rosemary was the […]

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Barney Google and the Applesauce Cake: Vintage Recipes from my Kitchen Today

This is a tale of two baked goods whipped up on different days but from the same awesome vintage cookbook, courtesy of Trinity Treasures (from Trinity Episcopal in Everett, WA a la 1965). I love love love cooking out of vintage recipe books, it is a something of a challenge, in part that recipes are written […]

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Preserving Figs: Jam and Boozy

Fresh figs are a fine treat and preserving them opens up many more possibilities, from dried to newton to jam to pudding. I covet (yes, I know) my neighbors majestic fig tree and this year made it out in time to harvest about 10 pounds of green figs in 10 minutes. I am not sure […]

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Sunshine Strawberry Oven Jam

Sunshine strawberry oven jam comes to us from the Small Batch Preserving book. The “sunshine” comes in as reference to the throwback process of placing the cooked berries out in the sun for several days to evaporate the liquid and thicken up the jam. I can only imagine the bugs, primarily bees in my yard, […]

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Peanut Butter BonBons & Jam Thumbprints: Dare I say PB & J Recipes?

No, not all in the same cookie. Sheesh! This post is all about two classic cookie recipes, perfect for holiday gifting and eating. Both take a few extra steps but the results are so worth it. For the bonbons – the rustic uniqueness of each bon is adds to the flavor and sentiment. The bonbon […]

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Preserving Perfect Pear Recipes

I have been blessed with a reliable and prolific Asian pear tree in my back yard (unlike my zucchini plants). This was another bumper crop weighing in around 30 pounds, not counting the “downer fruit” that I gave to the chickens. As such, I have a two goto recipes to put away these delicious pears […]

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Blackberry Jam – Yes you can!

I recently came across this great mural of inspiration during a morning hood walk. Jam! Granted it is not berry season here in Seattle, but I did make some tasty blackberry jam this summer, right before ripping those obnoxious thorns out of the ground (actually hired someone to do that, who I am I fooling). […]

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