Jams Jellies and Curds

Rhubarb and Passion Fruit Curds

by Shoshana on June 11, 2015 · 4 comments

There is nothing that captures the wonderful flavor of fresh fruit quite like homemade fruit curds. The intense flavor, the slight tang, and of course the creamy goodness, all make the flavors of the fruit pop. I love to keep assorted curds on hand in my refrigerator and freezer because the possibilities for them are […]



For years I said that meringue desserts were not for me. I thought they were no more than sweetened air, and I would always pick something else (like chocolate mousse) if I had a choice. Well it turns out I was wrong. Meringue desserts can be utterly delightful. Their simplicity makes them the perfect vehicle for […]


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Mixed Berry Chia Jam

by Shoshana on March 5, 2014 · 11 comments

I read a lot of food blogs. I am constantly bookmarking recipes I want to try, things that look delicious, or things that inspire me to create new recipes. Occasionally, though, I come across a recipe that I am not content to just bookmark for later. It just grabs me and I have to make […]



Pumpkin butter

by Shoshana on October 19, 2013 · 6 comments

October is pumpkin month. They are everywhere and in everything, and to tell you the truth I am thrilled. I have been eating pumpkin with almost every meal and am loving it. (In case anyone was wondering, pumpkin slices sprinkled with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and salt and roasted at high temperature until […]



Bourbon Ginger Kumquat Marmalade

by Shoshana on June 27, 2012 · 9 comments

Ok, so this is the last kumquat recipe I am going to post for a while. I know that there has been an overload of kumquat recipes lately but I wanted to make sure to share them while they were still fresh in my mind. This is another spiced kumquat marmalade, this time inspired by […]



One of the fun things about making homemade jams and preserves (besides hearing the satisfying pop of the lids as they seal) is that you can make all kinds of flavors that aren’t available in the stores. While I might occasionally make a straight fruit jam or marmalade if I am overloaded with a particular […]



Easy Kumquat Marmalade

by Shoshana on June 6, 2012 · 22 comments

As I have mentioned before, my parents’ abundantly productive kumquat tree meant that throughout my childhood we periodically had significant numbers of kumquats to use in all kinds of creative ways. My parents have a cookbook called “What to Do With a Kumquat” and we certainly utilized it well. The one thing that we always […]



Tu B’Shevat Macarons

by Shoshana on February 8, 2012 · 3 comments

Today is Tu B’shevat, the Jewish new year of the trees, this year. As a child we always planted a new tree in the backyard every year on Tu B’Shevat and now that we live in California I am continuing that tradition with my children. Last year we planted concord grape vines and this year […]



Brandy Brown Sugar Apple Butter

by Shoshana on October 27, 2011 · 4 comments

Growing up we had an pippen apple tree. The apples are tasty and tart, perfect for baking. Other than the tarte tatains that my dad made every year trying to perfect them pretty much all the apples we didn’t eat turned into apple sauce or apple butter. The only difference between the two was how […]



Cherry Vanilla Jam

by Shoshana on September 2, 2011 · 2 comments

I know it’s no longer cherry season, but as I was enjoying my breakfast of greek yogurt topped with some of this jam this morning I knew I just couldn’t wait until next cherry season to share it. A while back, I was browsing foodgawker and this jam caught my eye. The combination of fresh […]



Strawberry Lemon Verbena Jam

by Shoshana on August 7, 2011 · 13 comments

I absolutely adore making jam. There is something about the process of jam making that is very calming. One summer I made seven flats of jam while living in an Indiana apartment with no air conditioning. The air temperature in the kitchen was usually around 95 but there I was, several days a week, putting […]