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Gratitude & Improved Chocolate Plum Jam

This is my favorite way to use up jam right now.  chocolate-plum jam with cowgirl creamery mt. tam cheese = i’m eating it for breakfast, whether that’s an appropriate breakfast or not.  eggs be damned. Cowgirl Creamery cheese is insanely expensive but 100% worth every penny and totally delicious.*  Chocolate plum jam, on the other hand,…

Fermented Kohlrahbi Chips

Recently, I’ve been trying to incorporate more fermented foods into my preserving routine.  I like that I don’t have to bother with the canner, the food maintains it’s nutritional value, the batch size is very flexible, and that it requires so little time and so few ingredients.  Along the way, I discovered these fermented kohlrahbi…

Pickled Pearl Onions For Some Serious Bloody Marys

It’s really hot outside and I sprained my ankle. That’s the summary of life right now.  Or maybe I have tendonitis or something.  Either way, I can’t do anything except hobble around like an old lady.  I’m going to make cocktails tonight since not being able to work makes me angry. Here’s the more exciting…

Small Batch Meyer Lemon Marmalade

I usually make monster batches of preserves.  I like preserving by the bushel when fruits are in peak season.   During the winter, I usually end up going down to San Francisco once or twice and getting some citrus fruit from the farmers down there who are coming over from the central valley.   I…

Seckel-Pears-Canned

Seckel Pears Canned In Red Wine Syrup

I can’t even deal with how much I love pears.  Peaches are wonderful, yes, but biting into a juicy, ripe pear is something else altogether, such an unexpectedly complex sweetness.  I love how earthy and rustic they are, and I always want to put them with things like cardamom, goat cheese and red wine. This recipe calls for…

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…

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,…

Make Wine Grape Jelly

How to Make Wine Grape Jelly: The Easiest Way Ever!

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 butter…

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,…