Quick Pickles

I first tasted refrigerator pickles when my brother Peter brought a batch to a family gathering. They were crisp and cool and salty with lots of garlic flavor and they were gone in a flash. Quick fridge pickles are super easy to make and perfect for midsummer when the bounty of cukes, hot peppers, garlic…

We’re Jammin’!

With plentiful summer fruits in market bins and baskets around the country right now, the craving to preserve it for winter is high on my list. I have a terrific recipe from my friend Therese’ mom for raspberry plum jam and I make plenty of it during these warm months to nourish us throughout the…

Figs galore

It’s fig time here in northern California and by all accounts, this is a banner year for them. The tree in my backyard is producing lots and I have them spread around the kitchen waiting to be grilled, put in salads, blended into smoothies, stuffed with cheese and popped in my mouth. The variety of…

July is plum time

As an avid forager and person who hates to see food go to waste, I often pick WAY more plums than I can eat. Luckily I have a second fridge that has kept these beauties in tip top shape until I could get to them and my canner has been working overtime as jar after…

FERMENTING MADE EASY

Recently I was with my friend Karen Diggs, a fermenting guru, and she shared that she eats a little sauerkraut with every meal. I thought that was kind of extreme, but Karen believes in the healthful benefits of fermented foods so much that she invented this cool device called Kraut Source, which makes it easy…