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Saint Basil’s Green; It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

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

One more pepper jelly and then we’re done (for a while, at least). Today I made jalapeño jelly, using a dozen fresh chiles and two medium green bell peppers. Nothing much special, although I added one interesting ingredient: Fresh basil from the garden.

I decided […]

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 […]

How to Push Prickly Pear Jelly Over the Top With Serrano Chiles

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

With an ongoing surfeit of prickly pear juice (and more fruit inbound this weekend, I hear), I decided to try some variations using the deadly-purple liquid. Over the past few days I’ve taken a bunch of ripe Serrano chiles from the bushes in the […]

Prickly Pear Jelly Redux: Juice, Juice Everywhere…

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

I thought the batch of prickly pear I got from Jess and Kai a few days back would be the end of it for the year. After all, I’m home-bound during shoulder rehab; or so I was convinced. The shoulder’s coming along fine, though, […]

Hunting the Wild Prickly Pear in South Texas

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

It’s August, and that’s open season on wild prickly pear. The jelly I made recently for daughterperson came out so great we’re going down South for the weekend, long tongs in hand, searching for the best in red fruit. We know it’ll be hot, […]

Jessica, Your Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly is Ready

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

(Note: This spread isn’t exactly a pepper jelly, although I include it in the Series. Makes it easier to find, after all. Besides, my blog, my choice. You want it someplace else, get your own blog…)

Texas has plenty of prickly pear to go around. […]

Got Cancer? Fight Back With Jam and Jelly!

Finally, Some Really Good Food News!

The New Scotsman reported yesterday on some exciting research into cancer and food. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich announced that pectin, an essential ingredient in most jams and jellies, is a powerful cancer fighter.

In particular, it produces fragments that attach to galectin-3, a protein […]

Hot Pepper Jelly the Easy Way

Late summer is a great time to be a chilehead. All kinds of chiles are available at farmer’s markets and groceries. And if you garden (I do), then you may be overrun with zesty goodness; many modern varieties of chile plants are super-producers.

What to do with all the chile goodness? Make your own jams and […]