Sugarfree Apple Butter (in the crockpot)

by Heather Harris Brady My Aunt Blanche (actually my grandmother’s cousin but that’s neither here nor there) was in her mid-90’s when she passed away earlier this year. She was a small bubbly woman who married a tall quiet man from North Carolina. Whenever they would come for summer visits she was like the Energizer…

Candied Citron

by Heather Harris Brady Why would one candy their own citron when it is so readily available in those little plastic tubs? Well young grasshopper, simply because it was there. I feel a fruitcake coming on and out of the blue I saw this in the tropical fruit bin at my local grocery: I’ve never…

Dry Cured Pork Shoulder (Coppa)

by Heather Harris Brady Given that I am drawn to long, labor-intensive projects (writing books, art, raising kids, etc.) I guess my charcuterie fascination isn’t really a surprise. However, I haven’t had the opportunity to indulge it – until now, when I found a fresh pork shoulder waiting innocently in the meat case at my…

Blueberry Lavender Jam, Part II

by Heather Harris Brady Okay, so now we have our pretty little lavender sachet all ready to go. We’re ready to jam! This is a freezer jam, if your freezer’s anything like mine you’ll need to plan accordingly. Freezer jam can make you feel like a rock star. It’s super easy and it keeps the…

Blueberry Lavender Jam, Part I

by Heather Harris-Brady Although you can expect to pay gourmet prices at the store for a jar of blueberry lavender jam, it’s easy to make your own. While you can totally buy dried lavender buds, in part one here I’m going to take you through the process of drying your own herbs in the microwave…

Candied Rose Petals

by Heather Harris Brady Judging from the comments I’ve been getting it seems like people are in a candying mood, so I’ll keep the ball rolling! Plus, it’s prime time for a lot of roses right now. There are tons of recipes online for candied roses, but the vast majority of them are actually sugared…

The Care & Keeping of Strawberries

At some point, maybe now when the late varieties start showing up, you’ll wipe the juice from your chin and realize time is running out. In just a few short days you’ll be staring down a whole ‘nother year before you’ll have local strawberries again. No need to panic, just grab the freezer bags. A…

Candied Grapefruit Peel, for Salads

by Heather Harris-Brady Since it’s getting to be salad time I thought I would post these little nibbles. You could also put them out with drinks, as part of a cheese course or as a dessert garnish. But they also make an interesting addition to salads, with goat cheese and chopped nuts. Plus, you’re making…

Flash Canning: Sweet & Sour Fruit Relish

When I was a kid on the farm the hot, humid August days became even steamier with the sterilizing of jars and the canner going full blast through multiple shifts a day. Even the freezer items needed blanching so clouds of steam billowed continuously. My grandma and any helpers pressed into service battled to control…

Sugar Free Ketchup for .33 cents a Bottle!

My husband has been making a concerted effort to limit his intake of sugar, but it is amazing how much sugar is hidden in condiments. It is equally amazing how much it can cost to purchase sugarfree versions! So, because I had some beautiful tomatoes from my aunt’s Amazonian tomato patch, I made him a…