Tag Archives: canning

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

ShareTweet The family activities that take the most amount of hustle often pay the sweetest dividends. I’ve always wanted to have that house, that neighborhood hangout house that kids flock to after school. Since we’ve moved to Chicago, we’ve been living that dream, and with it comes the reality of a yard filled with baldContinue Reading

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

ShareTweet Adventures are best when they’re spontaneous. And when they involve strawberry picking, they’re spontaneously delicious. Last weekend, after what felt like months and months of baseball games, dance recitals and swim meets, we finally had an afternoon with nothing at all scheduled. Nowhere to be, nothing to do: pure bliss. ┬áThe couch beckoned butContinue Reading

Roasted Tomato Ketchup for the Chicago Food Swap

Roasted Tomato Ketchup for the Chicago Food Swap

ShareTweet One of my favorite aspects of the food swaps Emily Paster and I have been organizing is the motivation to innovate and cook new things. I wanted to prepare something savory, something that people would be able to enjoy more than once, and something easy to transport. As the unbelievable spring weather has hadContinue Reading

Make those Sweet Honeycrisp Apples Last with Apple Jelly

Make those Sweet Honeycrisp Apples Last with Apple Jelly

ShareTweet With every snowflake that drifted to the ground this morning, the death knell tolled for those sweet, gleaming, red apples piled high at the supermarket. Soon that moment of delight when my teeth make contact with their sweet flesh after piercing the cheery skin will be just a memory, like the crinkle of riotousContinue Reading

Boozy Jams: a Surprisingly Delicious Combination

Boozy Jams: a Surprisingly Delicious Combination

ShareTweet Wanting to kick my jams up a notch this summer, I picked up a copy of Better Homes and Gardens Canning magazine at the supermarket checkout. Choosing it over the latest issue of Glamour or People definitely forced me to face my decline in sex appeal, but having lugged around my pregnant belly forContinue Reading

A Giveaway to Get you Started Canning

A Giveaway to Get you Started Canning

ShareTweet I only started making my own jams a year ago, but my little jars of summer sunshine helped our family survive our first Chicago winter. Canning is one of those things that seems completely daunting but is actually really easy. Yesterday, I shared some quick and easy blueberry jam recipes. Later next week, I’llContinue Reading

Blueberry Balsamic Jam and the Joys of Small Batch Canning

Blueberry Balsamic Jam and the Joys of Small Batch Canning

ShareTweet There’s a French fable by La Fontaine that French kids are taught in school called La Cigale et la Fourmi (the Cricket and the Ant) which could become the motto of any canning enthusiast. It tells the story of the fun-loving cricket who sang all summer long while the ant diligently built up hisContinue Reading