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foodbuzz 24×24: an all-jar feast.

foodbuzz 24x24: an all-jar feast.

I didn’t quite know what to call this themed-menu: Jars for Dinner? A Jarred Feast? Cooking in Jars? This meal—strewn with jars—is a perfect ‘confession’ of my obsession with jars.
Yes: I am obsessed. I adore jars… [more], I go to garage sales and estate sales in search of jars. I find dilapidated boxes full of forgotten, apparently past-their-prime preserving jars. Perhaps the whole notion feels like a rescue mission?

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preserving: spicy red pepper jelly

preserving: spicy red pepper jelly

Oh man this is good stuff. A few years ago, my top appetizer-to-toss-together was goat cheese, red pepper jelly and quickly sauteed Greek pita (the slightly thicker variety—not the pita pockets). I would give the pitas a quick visit in the skillet with some olive oil and Italian herbs, then cut them into wedges. It was always, always a hit and the jar of red pepper jelly would be inhaled … [more]

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preserving: apple thyme jelly

preserving: apple thyme jelly

Sigh happy.
I am loving canning, jarring, preserving. Not only do I love all the yummy flavors, and so many recipe options (pickling, chutneys, relishes, jams, jellies, salsas… yikes!), but I love knowing how to CAN. You don’t have to know about acid/ph levels and pectins and ratios to be a home canner—but I like learning. So.
Canning beckons me to become acutely aware of ‘seasonal’ foods. It used to… [more]

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jarred fish soup

jarred fish soup

I do love jars.
Its a fact. I put candles in them, use them to shake up my salad dressings, to keep leftovers in my fridge, to freeze grandma’s strawberry jam and more. They are so useful and a brilliant alternative to Tupperware. Recycled jars… [more] make great pencil holders, make iced tea somehow more authentic and with a little wire and creativity: can stand in as lanterns in your backyard.

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Salad Dressing: Shaken, Not Stirred

Salad Dressing: Shaken, Not Stirred

“You do the hokey-pokey and you shake it all around— that’s what it’s all about!” Who danced to this wearing roller-skates? If you are going to shake it all around in your kitchen, by all means turn up the music (probably skip the wheeled shoes, though; no doubt bruises today would take longer to heal than when you and I were 12).
Cooking smarter is a mantra with me, and… [more]

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