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Tangerine Jam Vanilla Bean

Tangerine Jam with Vanilla Bean

It’s a strange time of year.  In November and December, I was so tired from the summer that I was happy to sleep in and do not a whole lot for a while.   Many hours were spent soaking in the bathtub and reading through seed catalogs.   By now, though, garden plans have been…

Red Danjou Pear Cardamom Jam

This is one of my absolute favorite jam flavors.  Top five, for sure.  If you want to think about something other than citrus for a minute, make this! It absolutely explodes with the flavor of ripe, sweet, juicy pears. Pear-Cardamom Jam Recipe Makes about 5 1/2 half-pint jars Ingredients: 4 c. ripe pears, peeled, cored,…

How to Make Wild Grape Jelly: Your Guide to a Delicious Homemade Spread

This month was really stressful.  We had a bunch of stuff going on that’s not really worth going into. The only reason I bring it up is to say how it really is so nice when life is overly complicated and then you find an absolutely gigantic patch of wild grapes that have set the most beautiful, luscious,…

Wine Grape Jelly

Looking at these pictures feels like 100 years ago.  I got busy and meant to write this up about a month ago, and then….  here we are, in November, post frost. But, you know, pretend there are still grapes around or bookmark this for next fall… The jelly turned out so good, perfect with peanut…

Carrot Cake Jam

We’ve been harvesting a lot of carrots this week…And even though I really can go through all of them fresh without any problems (carrot soup with coconut and ginger), I made a few jars of things to stash away for later, the most important of which is this carrot cake jam. It’s kind of a…

Rhubarb Jam

I’ve been making marmalades for months now.  There have been oranges, lemons, tangerines, kumquats, grapefruit, and pomelos scattered all over every surface in the kitchen. Every time I finish with one case of citrus, I’ll swear to myself that I’m not doing any more marmalades because I’m so sick of finely slicing things… and then…

Dandelion Green Fritters

This recipe uses a lot of greens.  It also begs the question: if you fry an ingredient that’s generally considered good for you and then eat a lot of the finished product, are you actually eating junk food? Or is it healthy food? We’re just going to ignore that whole issue since I really like…

Harvesting Oregano without killing it

How to Harvest Oregano Without Killing the Plant

To harvest oregano without killing the plant, you’ll have to prune it without taking too much away. If you don’t, the plant will grow back in whack form. Here’s how to prune oregano without killing it. Oregano can be pruned at any time except when temperatures are going to be close to 30°F or lower,…

Making Apple Brandy

Making an Apple Infused Brandy

Last August, I bought a case of Gravenstein Apples for apple sauce, and I ended up with a few extras that didn’t fit in the pot.   Since we already had apple butter, apple pie filling, and apple sauce in the pantry, I started going through all my cookbooks to find something more interesting. The…

Purple Cauliflower Pickles

Purple Cauliflower Pickles

Sooooooo, these aren’t necessarily the best of the best pickles I’ve ever made … but I’m really excited about this purple cauliflower, so I kind of have to write about them anyway. I mean, seriously. look at this: and when you make these pickles, it does this: (The brine was initially been kind of yellow. I made them…