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Moroccan Cherry Preserves

CHERRIES ARE BACK…  YES..they’re expensive.  they aren’t quite as dark, plump and sweet as they are when they are in perfect season, but they are worth it for jam and preserves.  Fabulous add to your Holiday breakfasts, brunch, dinners or desserts AND a little jar of this is a much better gift than the last minute scarf or pair of …

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Chipotle Bacon Pecan Caramel Apples…

there are no words to describe… “A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS“ and YES… BACON DOES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER especially when it’s got a little kick of chipotle. better late than never…i’ve been dreaming about this for weeks. now it’s crunch time and i found myself scrambling for these simple ingredients. i would normally have gone with the old …

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Pamplemousse…aka Grapefruit Jam

GRAPEFRUIT…PUCKER UP…THEY’RE IN SEASON they’re big, sour, have tough membranes, big seeds and bitter white flesh that is hard to avoid.  most people need to douse them in sugar and pry the meat out with a special knife or spoon just to get one little morsel…even then it’s not all that rewarding. the poor grapefruit gets a bad rap.   …

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BLUEBERRY LEMON LAVENDER JAM

WHO DOESN’T LIKE BLUEBERRY JAM ? FRESH BLUEBERRIES… they’re still out there.  they’re always out there and they are pop in your mouth delicious.  i don’t know where you live, but blueberries are a year ’round thing here in So. California so there’s really no rush.  sometimes they are better than others and i get excited when they are 2 for …

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Rose Petal Plum Jam

“A ROSE IS JUST A ROSE…” until it becomes ROSE PETAL PLUM JAM another favorite jam from this season…sweet, tart fresh plums with just a wisp of summer rose. perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea on a cold fall-ish day. i know you’ll be proud to give some away, as i did, but be sure to stick a few jars …

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TIPS and TRICKS from my first season canning

ahhhh…THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR.oh how i love my beautiful little jars of jam.i truly did not make this display for the photograph…i just had nowhere else to put them.AND THIS IS NOT ALL OF IT!i have eaten and given quite a bit away. what used to be a lovely dinning room shared by all has now become my pantry …

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Garam Masala Nectarine Jam

HELP…farm fresh fruits are on their way out. i’ve had so much fun canning this summer, i don’t know what i’ll do without all this beautiful fruit to chose from.  i know… here in So. Cal. we have all the fruits and veggies we could ever ask for all year ’round, but it’s just not the same when you know …

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Raspberry Lemon Thyme Jam

best get on the move if making Raspberry Jamthese gems are going up up UP $$$ raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. i wish i could have them year ’round, but they get so darn expensive and i feel guilty buying them too often during winter, BUT…now i have jambeautiful bright red sparkling raspberry jam this jam is pretty …

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Spicy Sweet Savory Pickled Cherries

PICKLED CHERRIES YOU ASK…??? WELL…PUCKER UP !!! THESE BABIES PACK AN AMAZINGLY POWERFUL FLAVOR PUNCH. THEY ARE ADDICTING. i don’t know how i got this idea that i HAD to make pickled cherries. i just wanted a way to enjoy all these beautiful cherries all year long.  i googled around and found a few recipes, but the vinegar thing was …

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Sweet Bing Cherry Chipotle Preserves

oh… how much do i love cherries?!… i’ll buy a pound or 2 with a recipe in mind and end up eating 1/2 the bag before i get it home. DANG…i’ll have to go buy more. now that they are in season and on sale everywhere i can’t help but find new ways to use them.  so far i’ve made …

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