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Jam Bars for National Cranberry Day

Filed in Real Food by on November 21, 2017 0 Comments
Jam Bars for National Cranberry Day

Cranberries, oats, and almonds – oh my! It’s National Cranberry Day, a great time to celebrate the tart, native American fruit. I personally love all things cranberry, and usually purchase several bags of the fresh fruit to keep in the freezer all year. In honor of today however, I made these decadent Jam Bars and […]

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Time to Make Fruitcake

Filed in Real Food by on November 18, 2017 2 Comments
Time to Make Fruitcake

Are you a fruitcake hater? You will change your tune with these recipes! Fruitcake is a delight. Or maybe I should say homemade fruitcake is a delight. After all, what’s not to like? Cake – Good Nuts – Good Dried Fruit – Good Candied Fruit – Here’s where we run into trouble. Some purchased candied […]

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Greek Country Bread

Filed in Real Food by on November 17, 2017 0 Comments
Greek Country Bread

It’s Homemade Bread Day! Celebrate with wholesome and delicious Greek Country Bread. At least 90% of my bread making is sourdough. I prefer the flavor that sourdough imparts, and find most straight dough breads a bit insipid. But not Greek Country Bread. This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by […]

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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 1 Comment
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 6 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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