A few weeks ago I shared my newest easy biscuit recipe* along with recommendation to mix up a batch of honey butter to spread on them. My mother requested the recipe and while I was writing it on the card yesterday, I mentioned that they could also be spread with jam and the two halves … More PB&J gets a new meaning.
Absolutely NO corn syrup. NO pectin. (Lemon juice is the helper.) I use considerably less sugar than most jam recipes. It’s a choice. It’s also plenty sweet. 3 quarts chopped apricots, 7 cups sugar, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Stir in deep pot and let sit for 3 hours, also known as macerating. It pulls … More Wildflowers & Seasonal Jam of Apricots with my recipe
My mother’s 91st birthday is Monday the 6th. Since there’s “Independence Day Observed” today (Friday) and Saturday the 4th is Independence Day, I made special cookies* for her birthday and mailed them on Wednesday to make sure they’d arrive on time. Yesterday USPS sent me an “Alert” telling me that the package was being returned … More All’s well that ends well.
I was in that “What shall I make for dinner?” moment, looking through the fridge and freezer and cupboard, nothing jumping out. I’d seen a recipe for a whole wheat Dutch baby not long ago and was reminded when the egg carton caught my eye. However, I decided to skip the whole wheat and go … More Dutch Baby: Dinner in A Fry Pan; Recipe
The pictures tell the story. Black and red and Italian plums plus lemon and sugar become jam in a different process than usual because I started late in the evening and didn’t want to spend all night in the cubbyhole kitchen. After washing, cutting, grating and juicing ingredients, I put the fruit, lemon juice and … More 3 Types of Plums = Jam of Plums
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
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
There was a couple pounds of fresh Washington-grown apricots which went on a special journey. After taking out the pip and cutting them in pieces, I popped them into a deep Corning Ware baking dish with sugar, intending on roasting them to the stewed stage and then making a first-of-the-summer fruit ice cream. It just … More Oven-stewed Apricot Jam
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
On Sunday at the Ballard Farmers Market, I got some apricots and plums fresh-picked from the Martin Family Orchards in Orondo, Washington, to make both of my favorite cooked, non-pectin jams. I stirred them (for what seemed like hours) on Monday and supervised cookie-baking and water-coloring while I was “hosting” two neighborhood children all day … More Jam. More Jam. Apricot. Plum.