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Holiday Marmalade with Habaneros and Prickly Pear Juice

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Citrus fruit of all sorts are available this season, in high quality and at good prices. Marmalade is fairly easy to make, especially if you’re a patient sort. I’ve gotten to where I make nice-sized batches of this spread, mostly for Christmas stocking gifts.

This year […]

More Summertime Fruit Pepper Jellies

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

You can get almost any fruit you want, whenever you want it, thanks to our grocery industry. But don’t they taste best when they’re in season? That’s why I make so much pepper jelly this time of year…

Dark sweet cherries have been available in our […]

White Flesh Peach Zingjam, a Refreshing Topping

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Some of the fruit available this summer is the best looking and tasting I’ve seen in a while. Large, juicy apricots with a rose and coral blushes on them. Sweet cherries that are blemish-free and ready to make an explosion of flavor in your mouth. […]

StingJam, a New Variety of Pepper Jelly

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jelly for over a year now. A while back I “invented” a form that had milder heat but still plenty of pepper flavor with the fruit; I called that one ZingJam. Recently I tried to make a different […]

Agent Orangiental, a Great New Salad Dressing

My niece in Dallas has been experimenting with my charred pineapple habanero jelly. She’s come up with an interesting combination as a salad dressing. Here are the particulars…

Agent Orangiental Salad Dressing

1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon dark Karo syrup
1 tablespoon charred pineapple habanero jelly

Mix all these ingredients well. Season […]

March Madness, With Mangos…

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

The annual university-level basketball tournament is under way, and in a few weeks one team will be crowned champion. The media hype is already at an all-time high, and the frenzy will only accelerate as the Final Four meet and one team emerges victorious.

There’s not […]

Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Jam

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

The lowly onion. A kitchen staple, key to so many dishes, yet most always a supporting actor, seldom the main character. Okay, French Onion Soup features this tasty root well, as does a nice plate of onion rings, hot from the oil. (Yes, onion rings […]

Zesty Curry French Fries, and a Great Ketchup Interpretation

Ah, the tasty and popular fried potato; another great American invention. (Quibble if you must, but the other claims of origin are surely false, right?) They’re everywhere. Fast-food outlets; everyday restaurants; even up-scale steak places. Cruise the frozen food aisles at your grocer’s and you’ll find a bewildering assortment of options. All sorts of shapes […]