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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 […]

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 […]

Wasabi, The Green Taste You Crave (Or You Should)

Wasabia japonica is an amazing root. I have no clue how the Japanese figured out you could actually eat the stuff. I suppose some starving peasant was digging around looking for something, anything, edible, and wasabi was what he brought home to the wife. No word on whether he recovered fully from the beating, but […]

Peaches O’ Eight Jam, the Perfect Pirate Toast Topping

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

Late-season peaches are nicely priced at the grocers this time of year, and there are so many varieties! White-flesh or standard, large or small, red or cream colored, they’re a nice addition to the table this time of year. It’s also time to start […]

A Jam That’s Just Plum Good…

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

Lots of great-looking fruit in the produce section these days. Apricots have come and gone, but plums and plumcots (and their more exotic cousins) are abundant and rather nicely priced. Since I know some of the Clan enjoy plum flavor a lot, I decided […]

Pepper Jelly Update: Anybody Got a Gas Mask I Can Borrow?

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

We recently reported on the Underground’s latest exploits in kitchen coliseum, wherein we basically reinvented the staid and hackneyed red pepper jelly. As promised, we made other colors of pepper jelly than red this time…

For the orange pepper jelly, I had two orange bell […]

Are You Joining the Artisanal Ketchup Revolution?

Ketchup. That red glop that kids use to hide the taste of everything from broccoli to bananas. It’s somehow seen as quintessentially American, although we didn’t invent it. It’s not even the top-selling topping in the States; mayonnaise and salsa both sell better. And until recently, it’s not been seen as a target for […]