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Elegant Quince Preserves & the Beauty of Transformation

Quince is a fruit that undergoes an enormous transformation to become something wonderful. These quince preserves are a culinary delight. The first time I made quince preserves is probably the first time I trusted the magic inherent to the culinary…

Luscious Slow Cooker Plum Butter

Plum butter made in the slow cooker results in a rich, flavor fruitful spread ever so slightly nuanced with the almond notes of the plum pits. There is a great shift happening. The mornings are cold and dewy, although the…

Preserving Food Memories: Spiced Sweet Pickled Figs

Sweet pickled figs with cinnamon, allspice, clove, and cardamom are a sweet, candy-like relic of bygone palates and childhood memories. I probably received my penchant for nostalgia from my father.  He is a man of big emotions and a tendency to…

How to Make Cold Cured Salmon (Gravlax) at Home

Making your own cold cured salmon, also known as gravlax, at home is simple and easy, providing you with a rich, flavorful, and dare I say impressive treat! One of the greatest things about living in the Pacific Northwest is,…

Slow Cooker Homemade Ketchup

Use the bounty of your tomato harvest to make some delicious slow cooker homemade ketchup that even the kiddos will love!  Perhaps, your kids are like mine – and everything is better with ketchup.  Perhaps it is just an unquestionable…

Fruit & Flowers: Blueberry Lavender Jam

Blueberry Lavender Jam combines some of the best flavors and scents of summer, to be preserved and revisited throughout the year. Here is an embarrassing story…  When I was about four years old I politely declined a peanut butter and…

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