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Butter and Scotch? Not Quite; But a Great Jelly Nonetheless…

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

I recently wrote about using mangos in a fruit-pepper jelly. Well, I had a brainstorm shortly after that session in the kitchen. The inspiration came from a bit of candy I was sucking on while I mulled over exactly how to prepare my next batch […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do Hairless Peaches Make Great Jam? You Betcha…

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

I’ve made peach pepper jelly in the past, and that was a very good batch. Didn’t last long! I’ve made jelly using plums too, and that was a bit more of a chore, as the stones don’t separate easily from the flesh. Still, it wasn’t […]

It’s Farmers Market Season: Round Rock’s Saturday Market

The Georgetown Farmers Market Association sponsors a smaller fair in-between Round Rock and Georgetown, at Scott & White near the outlet malls. Access is easy; we go north on I-35 a few exits, then east on University. Scott and White is on the left, about a quarter mile down.

We’ve been twice this year. A cozy […]

Easy as Pie: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

June 9 is perhaps the greatest national (non) Holiday of the year. That you didn’t know about, I mean. Pie, especially fruit pies, is a distinctly American concoction, capturing the bounty of spring, summer and fall in a plethora of tasty versions. Rhubarb and strawberry are a classic combo for the great American pie. (The […]

Pepper Jelly Redux: Apricot Jam, Extra-Zesty Habañero and Serrano Jellies

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

Remember how I said I was through making pepper jellies for the year? Well, I lied through both teeth like an Oriental rug prevaricated and dissembled got talked into making some more. (That’s it! “Talked into.”)

For some reason, Central Market had some great-looking, fresh […]

What’s Going On? Suddenly, You’re Allergic to a Favorite Food…

I don’t know if this has ever happened to you: You bite into your favorite hand-fruit and within minutes you’re not feeling so well. Oh, you’re not in agony; just itching like crazy, and maybe your throat feels a bit constricted. Or you’re sneezing your head off.

What happened?

Well, you may be a victim of […]