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Time to Cook with Apples

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on October 25, 2017 0 Comments
Time to Cook with Apples

Autumn and apples go together like peanut butter and jelly. One just isn’t the same without the other!   What would we do without apples? No apple pie. No apple jelly. The world would a sadder place. Wild apples kept the masses happy in ancient times in the form of applejack. It also kept the […]

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Apricot Syrup Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 8, 2017 0 Comments
Apricot Syrup Recipe

Homemade syrups are easy to make and so full of flavor! Apricots are the bone china of the fruit world; beautiful, delicate, and perfect for any occasion. So every year I nab as many apricots as I can find during their oh so short season. If there are enough, I can them and dehydrate them, […]

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Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 21, 2017 0 Comments
Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Velvety apricots + sweet cherries + Grand Marnier = tongue bliss! Sadly, today’s recipe uses the last of the fantastic cherries I received from the Washington State Fruit Commission. Once again, I have enjoyed creating new ways to use delicious sweet cherries – grown practically in my back yard! Spirited Apricot-Cherry Butter is one of […]

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Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 18, 2017 5 Comments
Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Preserve the sweet cherry harvest to enjoy all year. If you, like me, love sweet cherries you probably try to stretch the season. For me that means purchasing as soon as they hit the stores – even at exorbitant prices, and then preserving them as the summer moves on to other stone fruits. In the […]

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Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 17, 2017 3 Comments
Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

It’s time for Washington State stone fruits again! One of the best things about living in this part of the country is summer stone fruits. Cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines – you could almost live on fresh fruit for months! So I was thrilled when the Washington State Fruit Commission asked me to be a Canbassador […]

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Is it Jam? Is it Jelly? -The Difference Between Soft Spreads

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 7, 2017 0 Comments
Is it Jam? Is it Jelly? -The Difference Between Soft Spreads

Sweet spreads, like chocolates, come in many textures and varieties. While a box of chocolates might have nuts and jellies, cremes and caramels, in the sweet spread world we have jams and preserves, marmalades and fruit butters. Often, we resort to calling them all “jam.” But what makes a jam? Or a conserve? Or a […]

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Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 6, 2017 0 Comments
Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

If you love strawberries, you’ll want to make this quick and easy jam. Strawberries. The first real sign that summer, and summer canning, will soon be here. Fresh strawberries eaten out of hand. Fresh strawberries sliced over shortcake. Fresh strawberries added to my morning smoothie. But seldom do I turn fresh strawberries into jam. No […]

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How to Make Jams and Jellies that Your Family Will Love

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on May 9, 2017 0 Comments
How to Make Jams and Jellies that Your Family Will Love

Your quest is finally over – here are the creative jam, jelly, marmalade, and fruit butter recipes you have been seeking! Today, in the shameless promotion part of this site I offer….. Unique Jam Recipes; Timeless, Trendy and Tested Imagine your pantry shelves stocked with colorful, jewel-toned jars of sweet spreads. It’s not a fantasy, […]

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Fruit Butter Basics

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 28, 2017 0 Comments
Fruit Butter Basics

Fruit butters are so easy to make they are almost foolproof. You can be more creative with fruit butters than with jams or jellies since there is no worry about reaching the gelling point. If half way through the cooking process you decide to run an errand, you can just turn off the burner, cover […]

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Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Cooks and Canners

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on April 25, 2017 0 Comments
Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Cooks and Canners

Mom’s Day is fast approaching, do you have her present yet? Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with just the right gift for Mom. Flowers are too impersonal unless mom loves flowers. Candy often isn’t appreciated by dieting moms! My first gift as a mother  – a life jacket – is just…..no. The trick is […]

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