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Stout Beer Jelly

Post Updated 2/8/15 Oh, this ridiculous recipe.  A few years ago I was drunk on St. Patrick’s Day and decided that it would be a good idea to make jelly out of the beer we were all drinking.  So, I did. I wrote about it, and then it turned into one of the most popular…

Lazy Cherry Tomato Salsa Recipe

We’ve been harvesting a lot of cherry tomatoes recently. Normally, cherry tomatoes are mostly for fresh eating since it would be crazy to peel them for sauce or other canning projects… …but since I hate peeling pretty much everything (carrots, peaches, potatoes, etc.), I stopped peeling my tomatoes long ago.  I just zap them with…

Boysenberry Basil Jam … and Pancakes

For the last two weeks, I’ve had a case of boysenberries in my freezer. People with big freezers might leave them in there for the winter, but space in my propane-off-the-grid-style freezer is precious, and I realized that I had to get those babies into jars. This started a pretty straightforward berry jam recipe, until…

This One Is Dangerous: Rhubarb Granita Cocktails

APRIL 26, 2012 ~ CAROLINE So I’m in the middle of a pretty intense obsession with rhubarb- I’ve made a ton of jam, rhubarb syrup, rhubarb mojitos, and most recently this rhubarb granita. Granitas are simply frozen syrups that you stir during the freezing process, making a texture something like a snow cone. ( A Crafty Lass’s recipe for Rhubarb…

How To Preserve Radishes

I love spring salads with baby greens with thinly sliced radishes and mustard vinaigrette, and radishes are lovely roasted in the oven and tossed with brown butter.   Every spring, though, we always end up with a bit too much and I end up needing to preserve some for later to keep them from going…

Pear Almond Tart

FEBRUARY 10, 2022~ CAROLINE So, I canned a bunch of pears back in September.   this pear tart recipe from Williams Sonoma.  PEAR ALMOND TART Cook Time: 1 hr. Ingredients: For the Crust: 1/2 c. slivered almonds, roughly chopped 3/4 c. flour 1/4 tsp. salt 3 tbs. sugar 5 tbs. butter 2 tbs. water For the…

Concord Grape Jam

This is like the Angelina Jolie of jam. If these grapes were people they would wear cat eye makeup and high heels even when they were just hanging around the kitchen on a lazy Saturday morning. The flavor is incredible: rich, earthy, sweet and musky.  It is complex and bold in ways that a strawberry…

I Love Rhubarb

I Love Rhubarb: Jam, Syrup, Cocktails, Rhubarb Fruit Leather, Desserts I’ve spent the last few weeks totally fixated on rhubarb.  Before I move on to something new (there were cherries at the market last Saturday), I thought I’d gather together all the different crap on my computer desktop into one convenient spot.  These are the highlights from…

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Meyer Lemon Marmalade FEBRUARY 9, 2011 ~ CAROLINE This past week has been a crazy tornado of citrus! In the midst of the whirlwind of blood oranges, tangelos, lemons and honey tangerines,  I thought it might be nice to stick to Meyer Lemons and sugar for one batch- no fancy spices, no booze (well, not in the…

Candied Buddha’s Hand

I bought a buddha’s hand at the farmer’s market last week, and it was too pretty not to immortalize with a few pictures… Buddha’s hands are part of a larger group of fruits called citrons, which are just like citrus fruit without the actual fruit part. I can’t even emphasize enough how aromatic these are.  When…

Moroccan vegetable stew

This is a perfect fall stew, filled with vegetables from the late summer garden and richly spiced with cinnamon, cayenne and turmeric.   It’s based off a recipe from Moosewood Restaurant, so I can’t take credit for the brilliant idea, but when I made it for the cooking demo at the Redwood Valley Farmers Market this…

How to preserve Hot peppers

How To Preserve A Whole Season Of Hot Peppers With Virtually No Work

Discovering the Joy of Pepper Preservation: A Personal Journey Preserving hot peppers has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve discovered a wonderfully simple way to do it. In this article, I’m excited to share with you my method that captures the full season’s bounty with hardly any effort. Whether you’re new to preserving…