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Cardamom-Plum Jam from 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 2 comments

In my Berkeley neighborhood this time of year, plums are falling from trees, staining the sidewalks, and making up a huge part of my fruit intake. With such a massive influx, it's the perfect time to turn the quickly ripening fruit into jam. This cardamom-plum version in Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors is an elegant extension of a basic recipe. More

Cardamom-Plum Jam from 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

Serious Eats Kate Williams Post a comment

In my Berkeley neighborhood this time of year, plums are falling from trees, staining the sidewalks, and making up a huge part of my fruit intake. This massive influx of plums means it is the perfect time to turn the quickly ripening fruit into jam. This cardamom-plum version in Southern Living's Little Jars, Big Flavors is an elegant extension of a basic recipe. More

Cook the Book: 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

Cook the Book Kate Williams Closed

A wonderful new resource for home canners is Southern Living Magazine's new cookbook, Little Jars, Big Flavors. Like many newer canning cookbooks, Little Jars, Big Flavors focuses on small-batch preserving (instead of the massive homesteader-sized projects in books from our parents' generation), keeping things manageable—even in small kitchens with negligible counter space. More

Preserved Strawberries and Jamón Serrano on Little Toasts from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

Cook the Book Kate Williams Post a comment

I have a terrible habit of stockpiling open jars of jams and jellies in the fridge. Inevitably, the second half of the jar will languish in the back of the fridge after I've grown tired of that particular strawberry, peach, or blackberry preserve. So recipes like Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's little toasts with preserved strawberries and jamón serrano in Canal House Cooks Every Day are a godsend (to me and my sad, half-empty jars). Pairing sweet, tender strawberries with salty, fatty ham is an easy way to battle jam palate fatigue as it turns a breakfast staple into a fast hors d'oeuvre. More

Preserved Strawberries and Jamón Serrano on Little Toasts from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

Serious Eats Kate Williams Post a comment

I have a terrible habit of stockpiling open jars of jams and jellies in the fridge. Inevitably, the second half of the jar will languish in the back of the fridge after I've grown tired of that particular strawberry, peach, or blackberry preserve. So recipes like Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's little toasts with preserved strawberries and jamón serrano in Canal House Cooks Every Day are a godsend (to me and my sad, half-empty jars). Pairing sweet, tender strawberries with salty, fatty ham is an easy way to battle jam palate fatigue as it turns a breakfast staple into a fast hors d'oeuvre. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Chocolate Chip Jam Pie

Gluten Free Tuesday Elizabeth Barbone Post a comment

When I'm not sure what dessert to bring to a picnic, this is what I make. Unlike juicy summer fruit pies, you can eat this simple gluten-free chocolate chip jam pie without a plate and fork—a nice bonus for outdoor meals. More

Sauced: Jalapeño Jam

Sauced Joshua Bousel 5 comments

A sweet start is interrupted by the fruity heat of jalapeños and tempered by a vinegar tang in this addictively delicious jam. More

Jalapeño Jam

Serious Eats Joshua Bousel 15 comments

A sweet start is interrupted by the fruity heat of jalapeños and tempered by a vinegar tang in this addictively delicious jam. More

Susan Feniger's Sesame Crusted Banana Fritters with Coconut Kaya Jam

Serious Eats Kate Williams 2 comments

Susan Feniger's Coconut Kaya Jam (a pudding-like mixture of rich coconut milk; grassy, vanilla-like pandan leaves, sugar, and eggs) is familiar to anyone with a Top Chef addiction. Who could forget Gail Simmons' proclamation that she'd "love to be sticking [her] finger in [it] at all ours of the day"? More

Mulberry Jam

Serious Eats Lauren Rothman 3 comments

Mulberries are a smaller, less tart cousin of the blackberry, and can be foraged from mulberry trees which grow in residential area of cities in the northeast. If you have access to these bountiful (and free!) berries, try them in this jam, which brings out their earthy, sweet flavor. More

Preserved: Brandied Vanilla Pear Jam

Sweets Lucy Baker Post a comment

For pear lovers, this jam is a must. I made it last week and I simply cannot stop eating it—with a spoon, straight from the jar. It combines juicy, mildly floral Bartlett pears with the seeds of a vanilla bean and generous pour of brandy. Try it with a cheese plate, or use it to dress up slices of simple gingerbread or pound cake. More

Let Them Eat: Concord Grape Cake

Sweets María del Mar Sacasa Post a comment

Concord grapes' scent and flavor are potent and concentrated. Eating one induces temporary synesthesia: I'm positive I'm tasting the color purple when I bite into one. This cake is meant to allow those qualities shine, exult, sing. More

Preserved: Cranberry Port Jam

Sweets Lucy Baker 1 comment

My favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast has always been the cranberry sauce. It doesn't matter what kind—a gussied up version from a food magazine, the recipe on the back of the Ocean Spay bag, or even straight from a can. Cranberries in all forms, with their zingy sweet flavor and crimson hue, are a delicious symbol of the holiday season. This luscious jam combines fresh and dried cranberries with a generous amount of ruby port. More

Preserved: Banana Butter with Pumpkin Pie Spice

Sweets Lucy Baker 3 comments

When I first stumbled upon this recipe, it sounded almost too good to be true. A thick, creamy, fruit-filled butter that made everything it touched taste like banana bread? I filed it away with a note to try it in the fall, when peaches and berries are long gone and everyone is craving homey comfort food. To make it extra seasonal, I added a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. More

Preserved: Concord Grape Jam

Sweets Lucy Baker 4 comments

There are very few foods in this world that I truly hate, but one of them is grape jelly. I think it's fake-tasting, too sweet, and lacking in any true grape flavor. I cringe when my toast comes with those little purple packets at restaurants, and I prefer my peanut butter sandwiches with strawberry jam. And yet, the concord grapes looked so beautiful (so autumnal!) at the farmers' market this week I just couldn't resist buying bunch upon bunch. Guess what? Homemade concord grape jam tastes nothing like the sticky-sweet supermarket kind. More

Preserved: Blueberry Port Jam

Sweets Lucy Baker 1 comment

This jam has a deep, dark purple hue that looks almost black in the jar. The blueberries and port work together to create an intense, full-bodied jam bursting with ripe fruit flavors. In addition to the berries, there are notes of plum, cherry, and raisin. The cinnamon and cloves add a bit of warmth and an enticing, spicy aroma. More

Preserved: Blueberry Orange Ginger Jam

Sweets Lucy Baker Post a comment

This jam pairs peak-of-the-season blueberries with fresh orange juice and a double dose of ginger (fresh and ground). Because it's less sugary, it's great for pairing with sweeter breakfast treats like fruity muffins, banana bread, and zucchini bread. Save a jar for the dead of winter, when you need a reminder of the warm months ahead. More

Blueberry Orange Ginger Jam

Serious Eats Lucy Baker 2 comments

This jam pairs peak-of-the-season blueberries with fresh orange juice and a double dose of ginger (fresh and ground). Because it's less sugary, it's great for pairing with sweeter breakfast treats like fruity muffins, banana bread, and zucchini bread. Save a jar for the dead of winter, when you need a reminder of the warm months ahead. More

How to Make No-Cook Freezer Jam

How To Kumiko Mitarai 18 comments

With freezer jam you get to preserve the bounty of summer without the fuss, heat, equipment, and time that canned jams require. All you need is ripe fruit, sugar (or another sweetener), pectin, and about 15 minutes of easy kitchen time. Before you know it, you'll be proudly scooping up homemade jam for toast, smoothies, yogurt, or just straight into your mouth. More

Peach-Mango-Ginger Freezer Jam

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