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How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Soak in Kirsch

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on September 6, 2019 0 Comments

In July I received some beautiful sweet cherries, courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers and my appointment as a Canbassador. I candied some for holiday fruitcakes, and made some luscious cherry berry butter. But I also was inspired by an Instagram post to try my hand at making cherry cordials from scratch. What is a Canbassador? […]

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Pea Salad Recipe without Bacon

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on July 15, 2019 0 Comments
Pea Salad Recipe without Bacon

If you like peas as much as I do, you will want to make this bacon-free pea salad. It’s perfect for a summer picnic, cook-out, or easy weekday lunch. The first time I ever had pea salad, we had just moved to Washington state’s mid-Columbia region from New England. While exploring our new surroundings, we […]

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Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Filed in Real Food by on July 9, 2019 0 Comments
Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

It’s National Picnic Month – Time to Celebrate with this Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad. Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad dressed with Salsa. Make it as hot – or not – as you wish! Make Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad for your next picnic or potluck. Salad can be prepared gluten-free, and it’s an easy way to add […]

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How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen While Canning

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen While Canning

There is no way around it; canning the harvest is hot work. Hot work that is usually done while the outside temperature is rising. But there are a few ways to stay cool in the kitchen while canning.

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Jam Making Basics – How to Create Your Own Jam Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics – How to Create Your Own Jam Recipe

Is it possible to create your own jam or soft spread recipe? Can it be done safely?

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Jam Making Basics – Long Cooking Jams vs. Quick Cooking Jams

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 10, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics – Long Cooking Jams vs. Quick Cooking Jams

Which style of jam should you make – long cooking jam or quick cooking jam? Earlier Jam Making Basics posts discussed how to make successful jam and other soft spreads by exploring the roles of sugar, acid, and pectin. Today we look at different cooking styles. Do you prefer long cooking jams or quick cooking […]

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Jam Making Basics: – High Acid vs. Low Acid Fruits

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 16, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics: – High Acid vs. Low Acid Fruits

Making jam successfully requires 3 basic components; pectin, sugar, and acid. Since I have already covered pectin and sugar previously, today we tackle acidity.

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Jam Making Basics: – The Role of Sugar

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on April 9, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics: – The Role of Sugar

Learn how to make jam successfully – by understanding why sugar is integral to soft spreads. Although it seems that late spring is a long way off (as I write the east coast is getting walloped with snow and the Plains are expecting a blizzard), the early berries and fruits will be ripe soon, and […]

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Israeli Chopped Salad

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Israeli Chopped Salad

This mixed vegetable salad, also known as Middle Eastern Salad or Mediterranean Chopped Salad, is sure to make your “favorites” list!

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Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on March 8, 2019 0 Comments
Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding

The secret ingredient in this creamsicle-like pudding? Orange or tangerine zest!

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