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Pickled Mushrooms Recipe

Pickled Mushrooms Recipe : Vintage way to celebrate beautiful gifts of late summer ! One early Saturday morning, while still extremely hot but after hard rain pouring all night, I have bought three kinds of mushrooms and wanted to make Pickled Mushrooms Recipe, all three versions, separated, in one afternoon.… Read more »

Blueberry Curd

Blueberry Curd: the best investment of the season! After you make your breakfast smoothie or fruit salad, if you have a handful of blueberries left over, the best way to use them is to make a curd or Vintage Blueberry Coffee Cake . As these beautiful blueberries are known to… Read more »

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe : keeper for sandwich cookies to be made for holidays ! We don’t find purple peaches at our street market that often so I decided to buy some and make the best use of them; eating them fresh is the great but posting Homemade Peach Jam… Read more »

Limoncello From Scratch

  Limoncello From Scratch : Italian Freezer Drink. Limoncello from scratch requires several phases to make but it is worth of every second ! If you cannot get Sorrento Lemons (Limone di Sorrento), Eureka Lemons are excellent as well. I started to prepare my Limoncello three weeks ago since I… Read more »

Kumquat Curd

Kumquat curd: delightful silky specialty. Everything is mini sized here. Even the puff pastry flower cups. And again, I wonder if this could be a breakfast or an afternoon snack. Since kumquat is an olive sized tangerine, I honestly cannot imagine to peel it, take the seeds away and eat… Read more »

Isabella Grape Jam

Isabella Grape Jam: Heard it through the grapevine …   I still remember the fragrance the Isabella grapes released after rain in my grandmother’s backyard. We used to play hide-and-seek there under the grand grapevine roof, all around the chairs, running among the Isabella vines and peonies. Is there any… Read more »

Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel Apple Jam: Falling into perfect combination of flavors ! Apple time, people! One of my supporting friends has arrived from the coast for a few days to pick the apples up at her countryside garden. She also takes a special care of heirloom varieties and so it happened that… Read more »

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam

Blackberry Apple Earl Grey Jam: Apples and seedless blackberries jam with a hint of Earl Grey. Give me Five (o’clock tea) please ! Blackberries and apples are an excellent combination for a jam. Earl Grey Tea leaves with its’ bergamot flavor makes it definitely one of my favorite jams. Imagine… Read more »

Nasturtium Orange Jam

Nasturtium Orange Jam: When Miss. Flower meets Mr. Orange. Flamenco fire. To capture this beauty you need to know that flowering time of nasturtium lasts for several months: mid spring until late fall. If you make orange jam  before, no problem. Just bring orange jam prepared earlier to boil on… Read more »

Raspberry Agar Jam

Raspberry Agar Jam: Raspberry fragrance bottled up with healthy agar and chopped lemon. Agar is natural gelatin and is used as replacement for pectin in jams. The one I have used is powdered. When making jam or jelly with it, it is important to boil it for several minutes. Also,… Read more »