A Jam of Cherries

It’s Washington State cherry season. A quart of pips-out, split dark cherries, 2 cups of sugar, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice macerated at room temperature for three hours and then an hour of constant stirring over medium low heat to 220 degrees Fahrenheit yields merely two jars (3 cups) of heavenly jam.   Wish … More A Jam of Cherries

Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves

I grew up making these strawberry preserves in the summers with my mother, standing at the sink, washing and hulling strawberries, leaving them whole, then by some magic in more than a few minutes filling a big stainless steel tub with berries in a thick syrup to cool, also to pluck a whole berry from … More Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves

Super Fast Buttermilk Biscuits with Hard White Wheat Flour: my recipe

Waking up to a crispy Saturday morning and still no furnace, I popped the oven on to 425 degrees and decided it’s a good day for an experiment with a buttermilk biscuit made with half unbleached white and half whole grain flour. Since I had a gift of Bluebird Grain Farms Pasayten hard white flour … More Super Fast Buttermilk Biscuits with Hard White Wheat Flour: my recipe

Sourdough Yogurt Bread, Garden Roses and Tiny Tomatoes on Deck

Somewhere and sometime during a recipe search for something, there was a reference to using yogurt to boost the sour power of sourdough bread if one was in a rush. Some large commercial bakeries do it with added ingredients, so why not try it? I wanted fresh sourdough bread in a hurry, didn’t think about … More Sourdough Yogurt Bread, Garden Roses and Tiny Tomatoes on Deck

Italian Plum Jam

The question was asked. A neighbor with a fruit-bearing tree and fruit that could be wasted. What shall I make with the Italian plums so ripe that they’re no longer suitable for snacking? Plum ice cream? Plum crisp? Plum pie for Little Jack Horner even though it’s a bit early? Italian plum jam? Yes, but … More Italian Plum Jam