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Spiced Marmalade with Cognac

Spiced Marmalade with Cognac

Tart yet sweet, full of spice and bold flavors plus a beautiful tone of Cognac. This is not your ordinary marmalade! Every year I make my family’s favorite jams and preserves but occasionally I will add something new to the mix. I stumbled across a […]

Sweet and Saucy Pickles

Sweet and Saucy Pickles

Crisp and sweet with a delightful note of garlic plus a saucy kick of heat in every bite! This is a classic remake on store-bought dill pickles. There are numerous versions of these pickles but this one is exceptional. When Emily was a baby I […]

Jalapeño Jelly

Jalapeño Jelly

Sweet jelly with a delightful kick of spicy heat and all the spectacular colors of the season. Jalapeño jelly makes a great glaze when grilling or roasting chicken or pork and even is a bright substitute for mint jelly when serving lamb. But one of […]

Spiced Apple Butter

Spiced Apple Butter

My Mom loved apple butter and there’s something about this time of year that makes her memory feel especially close. Making apple butter is a true labor of love. It takes time to cook fresh apples into a thick, silky spread but it is definitely […]

Corn Relish

Corn Relish

The season for summer corn is winding down and I can’t let it go without a batch of corn relish. Tangy and sweet with a kick of heat! Corn relish is a fun twist in the world of condiments! It’s perfect on hot dogs or […]

Pickled Okra

Pickled Okra

When folks think “pickled” they tend to think of cucumber pickles. But if you’re from anywhere in the South that’s just not necessarily the case –we pickle everything! This is a classic example – slightly spicy, with just the right amount of crisp and a […]

Cherry Preserves

Cherry Preserves

Plump red cherries floating in a thick, sweet ruby syrup – what a wonderful way to preserve this last bit of the season! There are so many methods for making jams and preserves. This recipe is similar to the one I use for strawberry preserves, […]

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Fresh, plump blueberries floating in a heavenly thick syrup with the essence of lemon. A taste of the season in every bite! Blueberries are currently in abundance and it just so happens that one of the engineer’s favorite things is blueberry jam. Yes, I know […]

Peach Preserves – Two Ways!

Peach Preserves – Two Ways!

There is nothing quite like fresh peach preserves – the sweet, floral scent of peaches encased in a thick nectar. My Grandparents had beautiful peach trees on their farm. As kids we would climb up into the trees and pluck these luscious pieces of fruit, […]

Slow-Roasted Fresh Strawberries

Slow-Roasted Fresh Strawberries

One of my favorite things as a kid had to be fresh strawberries. It was a fruit that neither of my Grandparents had in their gardens, as the climate in the Texas Panhandle wasn’t ideal for growing them. In the small rural town where I […]

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Griddle Cakes with Orange Curd

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Griddle Cakes with Orange Curd

Pancakes have a special place in my heart. An odd statement for sure. Life as a single working Mom was often challenging but it seemed to have taught my young daughter to be very resourceful. The first meal Emily ever cooked for me was a […]

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Apple Cider Dressing

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Apple Cider Dressing

Mother’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the wonderful women in our lives? This is a nod to my Grandmother – Tassie Mae – one of the women in my life who taught me about food, family […]



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