2014: The Year in Review (and Preserving)

Posted on 1 January 2015 | 4 responses

2014: The Year in Review (and Preserving)

Well, I’m resolving (yet again)to blog more in the coming year. With a new job and a shorter commute!!, this resolution looks like it could be a reality (?).

But, first, let’s review what was popular in 2014. Yay for data! Like 2013, it’s the preserving posts that stand out. Last year, you were also into baking posts.

  1. Slow Cooker Vanilla Caramel Pear Butter: wins again!
  2. Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies: a dark horse (pun intended) makes an impressive showing.
  3. Slow Cooker Vanilla Rum Apple Butter: geez, the slow cooker is quite popular.
  4. Healthy Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies: these were super good. Since they’re (allegedly) healthy, they can fit right in with your healthy 2015 resolutions.
  5. Slow Cooker Spiced Maple Pumpkin Butter: boo, I forgot to make this again in 2014.

Even with all the work travel last year, I still managed to make 42 varieties and nearly 250 jars of preserves — mostly smaller batches. Should I be embarrassed or proud? Both?
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Can It Up: May (and a Giveaway!)

Posted on 1 May 2014 | 5 responses

We’re officially in preserving season! It’s May; there must be something to preserve where you are!

In April, we rooted about in the best of winter’s leftovers! But now we can get down and dirty…and inspired!

What is this month’s Can It Up ingredient?

Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom of the post for this month’s giveaway!
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Can It Up: Oranges Roundup

Posted on 1 May 2014 | Comments Off on Can It Up: Oranges Roundup

Can It Up: Oranges Roundup

Rhubarb Orange Ginger Jam from All Four Burners

The heat wave continues!

Today was slightly cooler than it was yesterday, but it was still 84 inside the house when I returned this evening. Thankfully, it ends tomorrow — and we’re on our way to Tahoe (for the 1st time, even though I’ve lived in the Bay Area since 2000), where it is decidedly cooler.

When I preserved this month, the air hung heavy with a heavenly orangey aroma. What a relief it wasn’t during this stretch of unusually hot weather!
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Rhubarb Orange Ginger Jam

Posted on 30 April 2014 | 2 responses

Rhubarb Orange Ginger Jam

Oh my, why is it so very hot?

It was well over 90 degrees today. Which meant that it was over 80 degrees inside my house, due to poor insulation, old windows, and lack of window coverings. After over 3 years of Matt’s badgering, I have finally agreed to spring for air conditioning…once we get new windows. That sounds like a fair compromise, right?

Luckily, since I made this month’s entry for Can It Up a few weeks ago before my latest trip to Pittsburgh, the high temperatures inside the house weren’t further compounded. Wheeeee!
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Can It Up: April (and a Giveaway!)

Posted on 1 April 2014 | 2 responses

Can It Up: April

Photo by Gyorgy Weil

April is finally here! There are always strawberries available in California…but soon they will actually taste good!

Soon, there will be no need to make do, as with March’s fun, but decidedly unusual ingredient.

I’ve also been scouring the markets for rhubarb, but none available yet. But it’s only a matter of time until it’s (occasionally) available!

But rhubarb isn’t our Can It Up ingredient this month. What is?

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for this month’s Can It Up giveaway!
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