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How to Tell if Your Jam is Ready to Set

How to Tell if Your Jam is Ready to Set

| July 26, 2013 | 3 Comments

Remember that tasty (and easy!) Refrigerator Peach Blueberry Jam? Well, when I was making it, it occurred to me that to the jam novice, knowing when jam is ready to come off the stove and set might be completely foreign. So I picked up my iPhone and filmed a quick little video to help. Enjoy!

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Easy Refrigerator Peach Blueberry Jam

Easy Refrigerator Peach Blueberry Jam

| July 17, 2013 | 18 Comments

Who says jam making has to be time consuming? This Peach Blueberry Jam is a quick, simple, easy refrigerator jam perfect for summertime. Making fresh homemade jam is one of those summer things. Fruit that’s been ripened in the sun and picked at its ripest makes the best jams. In years past, I’ve made and […]

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Cooking with Kids: Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Cooking with Kids: Heirloom Tomato Sauce

| September 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every fall, I make a big batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce (and, last year, tomato paste) and can it for wintertime. Opening up a jar of it in the dead of winter is glorious. It’s like bottling summertime. But this year I just haven’t gotten to it and really am not sure if I will. […]

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Putting Up for Winter So We Can Eat Local

Putting Up for Winter So We Can Eat Local

| October 7, 2009 | 3 Comments

Eating local in the winter has always been an enigma to me. Where do you find local produce during the New England winter? I really let snow, harsh temperatures and a lack of understanding come between my family and the tastiest local foods. But earlier this summer, I had an epiphany — it’s not about […]

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How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries

How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries

| June 28, 2009 | 6 Comments

One of my goals for this year is to extend our local eating for as long into the winter as we can. I’ve done this hear and there in the past, putting up jams and relishes and freezing pestos and sauces, but this year I want a more comprehensive effort. As fruits and vegetables hit […]

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June’s Rosy Joy: Strawberry Picking

June’s Rosy Joy: Strawberry Picking

| June 22, 2009 | 6 Comments

The kids and I and two of my friends went strawberry picking yesterday afternoon. So what that it was raining? So what that the skies clued us in that this was a rain that wasn’t going to just pass … It just didn’t matter. We all wanted the berries and nothing was standing in our […]

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Spicy Three Pepper Relish

Spicy Three Pepper Relish

| August 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Look at those colors. I loved the way this looked when I was measuring out ingredients, so I had to snap a picture. It was these same colors that seduced me into buying too many peppers at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago. Fresh. Tasty. Just picked. At first, I thought I would just […]

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Inspired

Inspired

| October 13, 2007 | 1 Comment

In checking out some sites across the blogosphere today, I was inspired. Yes, INSPIRED. Traveler’s Lunchbox had a great pictorial this week on creating homemade vanilla extract and suggested it would make a good holiday gift. Did I run right out to Williams-Sonoma and pay an arm and a leg for some vanilla beans? NO! […]

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Sarah’s Spiced Applesauce

Sarah’s Spiced Applesauce

| October 1, 2007 | 1 Comment

I promised my applesauce recipe, didn’t I? Well here it goes. Love this applesauce. It is supremely tasty and is a little thicker than applesauces from the jar so it sticks better when eating with chops or potato pancakes or whatever. And you gotta love that this was made with local apples that we picked […]

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Eating local: Pick Your Own apples

Eating local: Pick Your Own apples

| September 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

Have I mentioned that it’s apple season here in the northeast? Of course I have . . . And apple season is off to a great start. The apples are plentiful both in the fields and in my home (we’ve done lots of picking this week!). Will and I went apple picking yesterday . . […]

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