Honey Pickles

I felt like I needed to get this post in before the official start of Fall, which happens to be tomorrow, although it still doesn’t feel like Fall.  It’s hard to believe that I turned on my AC last Monday.  Crazy.  Total Boloney.  At this time of year I’m usually contemplating on how long I…

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…

Rose Hip Jelly

Towards the end of July and in the early weeks of August when the rose hips, or beach plums, are starting to ripen into a bright orange-red, I can be found down by the beach harvesting a bucket full of them to bring home to turn into rose hip jelly – a decadent treat reminiscent…

Canning

Steps on how to preserve your summer bounty for the lean days of winter. I will not lie, when I first started canning food, I was terrified. What if I accidentally poisoned someone?  What if the jars over heat and exploded in the water bath? Luckily, as I continued my canning research I found a…

Orange Ginger Marmalade

Orange marmalade is always in high demand in this household.  It is not unusual to find me experimenting with different variations of it.  The lemon rose petal marmalade I made a few summers ago has been, by far, my favorite, but this one is not far off.  This time around I went grated ginger root…

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney: A sweet and tangy dressing that will brighten up any meal – be it a holiday feast or your slap-dab midweek lunch.  This chutney cans beautifully, and makes a wonderful holiday housewarming gift. This recipe makes 3 pint sized jars. In a large sauce pan on the stovetop combine:  3/4 cups…

Spiced Pears

I have never been crazy about pears; too sweet, too bland, too boring, too hard, too mushy.  Until a few years ago pears were those unappetizing fruits that cropped up for a short period of time each Fall only to be overshadowed by a vast variety of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries.  While pears always appealed…