Lemon & Rose Marmalade

Here’s a special June treat – Lemon & Rose Marmalade made from fresh rose petals that I harvested while at the beach. When I have time in August, I enjoy harvesting wild rose hips (also known as beach plums) and making Rose Hip Jelly. It has been a few years since I’ve had the time…

Homemade Butter

One of my projects lately has been learning how to make homemade butter.  You may be thinking why bother when commercial butter is so readily available?  What it has come down to for me, what really makes it worth it, has been the underlying sweet cream flavor that is often lost in large commercial batches…

Baba Ghanoush

For the longest time I thought that Baba Ghanoush was bland, drab eggplant mush with the consistency of baby food, but last summer I encountered a stupendous rendition of the dish that made me rethink everything I had ever known about baba ghanoush.  It is that baba ghanoush that I have been striving to recreate…

Guacamole

Guacamole is all about enhancing the creamy, smooth flavor of the avocado.  A little salt, a little spice, and a little tartness, and you have it made.  Everyone has their favorite guacamole combination.  Some people like it with hunks of vegetables, others with salsa, some with sour cream, and yet others like to use olive…

Wild Blueberry & Bourbon Jam

My sister introduced me to some store-bought blueberry bourbon jelly a few weeks ago, and that turned out to be a great combination which I just needed to attempt to recreate.  I used frozen wild blueberries for this batch as our local berries are not available yet, and things turned out alright, although, I was…

Strawberry Jam

There is nothing quite like a homemade strawberry jam that highlights the sweet cloying taste of freshly picked, sun-ripen strawberries in every bite.  Freshly picked, sun-ripen strawberries that can’t be found in half-frozen Vermont during the month of April. Therein lies my dilemma.  The berries available to me, at this time of year, are fresh…