I hope that everyone out there had a lovely Thanksgiving! Scott and I spent the actual holiday with his mom in Northern Virginia and then came back up to Philadelphia for a second celebratory meal with my extended family on Saturday night. My cousins sent me home with both turkey carcasses and I’ve been a machine for the last 24 hours, picking them apart, making stock, and running quart jars of finished stock through the pressure canner. It’s such satisfying preserving, because it is such a useful thing to have in the pantry.
- A lovely bundt cake, made tender with yogurt and homemade applesauce.
- Spiced pear butter. Truly, only of my favorite things!
- Glorious apple and quince mincemeat.
- Tunisian quince preserves. Next time I have a stash of quince, I’m making this.
- Persimmon and ginger upside down cake. The pictures alone are worth clicking through for.
- Still have cranberries? This sweet hot cranberry chile jam sounds like a fantastic way to go.
- A pretty garland made from dried fruit. A very nice way to make your space festive for the holidays.
- Need something to give with a jar of jam? Try these twice baked harvest crackers.
- It’s the fifth night of Hanukkah and doughnuts are just as traditional as latkes. These jelly-filled ones look like a delicious option.
- Looking for holiday cookies that will help you use up your jam stash? How about these sables?
- Finally, I’ve found that shortbread cookies like these pair up very nicely with jars of jam.
Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy pre-Thanksgiving days last week to enter the Ashley English Homemade Living series giveaway! The winner is #18, Chip in SC. He said, “I am thankful for my family and friends!” Chip, I feel the very same way.