Cookbook: Edible DIY + Giveaway

Edible DIY

One of the joys of being someone who cans and preserves regularly is that I’m nearly always prepared when the need arises for a gift. During December’s gift giving season, I keep a box of summer jams and butters near the front door, ready to be distributed. I build couple-specific baskets for bridal showers and weddings.

Last summer, when I was scurrying around on book tour, I even kept a couple extra jars in my car at all times, for those moments when verbal thank yous just weren’t enough and I wanted to offer a physical representation of my appreciation.

Year of Edible DIY

Sometimes, even I run out of preserves good for giving (there are a number of trial batches in recipe development that, while good enough for home use, aren’t great for bestowing upon others). Other times, I just find myself out of fresh ideas. That’s when I turn to books and blogs authored by other creative folk, hoping that their various perspectives will gyrate me free from my regularly-trod paths.


The latest book to cross my transom that I’m turning to for kitchen inspiration is Lucy Baker’s Edible DIY. Initially based on the work she’s done on Serious Eats, this book is filled with candies, infused spirits, crackers, pickles, and sweet spreads that will send you hopping for the kitchen.

sweet tea vodka

Recipes are arranged by type. You’ll find nibbly bits like crackers, spiced nuts, and popcorn in the Crunchy section. Boozy should be plenty self-explanatory (and goodness, do I want to try the Spiced Pear Gin pictured below). Sweet includes biscotti, marshmallows, truffles, and toffee.

spiced pear gin

The last two sections the most preserve-heavy of the book. On the savory side, there’s a strong assortment of Spicy Condiments, Pickles, and Snacks (flavored salts! pickled fennel! ginger sriracha!). Rounding out the book are the Jams, Jellies, and Other Preserves. Lucy has made tweaks to a series of reliable favorites (blueberry port jam and strawberry balsamic thyme jam, for example) which are all worthy of canning pot consideration. One recipe that I’m planning on making soon is the one for Cranberry-Champagne Jam with Crystallized Ginger (I still have a couple bags of cranberries stashed away).

maple syrup caramels

One of the things I like most about this book is that it’s accessible. Not a single recipe goes on for pages (or days), making it approachable for all levels of canners, candy makers, and cracker bakers. As someone who rarely has the patience for recipes that require multiple days of fussing, I’m appreciative. That said, if you’re an expert baker/canner/sugarcrafter who is looking for a book to push your skillset to a new level, this one is probably not for you.

Because they’re nice, Running Press has given me a second copy to share with my readers (I know I said no giveaways for the rest of January. It’s nearly February and I was itching to share this book). If you’d like to enter for a chance to win it, here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me one recipe that’s on your list to try in 2013 (if you want to link to it, feel free).
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 1, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: Running Press gave me two calendars, one to keep and one to give away. They did not pay for inclusion in this post and my opinions are entirely my own.Β 

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743 responses to “Cookbook: Edible DIY + Giveaway”

  1. I am itching to make Maple Cream. The detailed instructions are on America’ Test Kitchen website and in their new DIY cookbook (also in my wish list folder.)

  2. I want to try making pulled pork for my husband. He loves it and I have no idea how to make it. I printed a couple recipes I found online, but what I’d really like is someone’s tried and true recipe. I want it to come out perfect the first time. Thanks.

  3. I want to make smoked tomato vinegar. I haven’t decided yet, though, if I’ll go whole hog and make tomato juice into wine and then vinegar, or just infuse some white vinegar with smoked tomatoes…

  4. i want to try pickled green tomatoes this coming fall. my Dad’s garden always has a ton on the vines right before the first frost and it would be awesome to make something tasty out of them.

  5. i want to invest more time in baking/cooking/preserving and, this year, make more yeasted breads – in particular, the cinnamon pull apart bread that i have seen floating around the internet for a while now.

  6. Maybe it’s already out there but I’d like to try a recipe for homemade liquid soap and then develop a ‘pump’ that would fit a canning jar. Maybe it’s already out there?

  7. I love that these recipes are fairly simple. That and plentiful pictures are what I look for in cookbooks. I really want to cook a good Indian meal this year β€” either aloo palak or palak paneer with homemade naan.

  8. I have a huge crop of Meyer lemons! Preserved lemons and limoncello. Oh, and those gorgeous Maple Syrup caramels from that last photo above…those look like fun.

  9. Marmalade…. I’ve always made strawberry & raspberry & gooseberry as they are my children’s favorites. I only recently learned that my husband’s favorite is marmalade… After all of the years we’ve been married & he finally tells me this? (Or maybe he did before & I just ignored him…)

  10. A recipe to try…I think I would have to be the lemony sweet tea vodka that appears in one of the pictures from this book! That sounds amazing!

  11. I want to try my hand on any type of caramel making and on the savory side, pate. This book looks so exciting especially the “boozy” section.

  12. Though I totally second the Smitten Kitchen’s apple cider caramels Sarah J. mentioned above, I’d say I’d like to make a levain and move away from conventional yeast with my breadmaking. Starters get to be future-food in jars.

  13. I already did it — I made homemade peanut butter for the first time a couple weeks ago and wow is it kind of addictive (instant excuse to eat peanut butter: gotta lick, I mean clean, the blender : )

    On to ice cream in a hand-turned crock (maybe?) that I acquired at a second hand store.

  14. I had no interest in cooking anything at all when I started reading this post (pregnancy nausea has kicked my butt for the last 3 months), but then I saw homemade SWEET TEA VODKA! And CRANBERRY GINGER JAM. And I’m suddenly wanting to get in the kitchen! I have to get my hands on this book.

  15. I have never made homemade mustards and I would like to try that this year. I would also like to make a batch of homemade marshmallows. and I am always looking for new ideas for homemade spirits. this books sounds awesome. I would love to win this book. I just ordered the last book you posted about Notes from the jam cupboard-can’t wait to get it. thanks for the chance Kathy

  16. I bought a half-pound of vanilla beans late last year to make candied clementines (which have gotten a fantastic reception from gift-ees, so far). I only needed 2 beans, but buying a half-pound was clearly the most economic way to go! Plus, I now have a ready excuse to try other recipes that require vanilla beans, so that’s my plan for 2013. I’m particularly keen on trying homemade vanilla extract.

  17. The maple salted caramels in this book remind me of the maple syrup I have in the back of the fridge. I’d love to try those! The book looks completely charming.

  18. I want to make vanilla extract this year. I know it’s supposed to be really simple, and I’m not sure what’s kept me from making it yet. But I’ve got the vanilla beans, and goodness know I’ve got enough jars sitting around, so I’m going to go ahead and make it.

  19. My longing-to-try recipe was preserved meyer lemons. Got inspired by a post of yours and started a batch two days ago. So my next gotta-try recipe is probably going to be Italian Wedding Soup. I’ve loved it every time I’ve eaten it, but have never made a pot myself.

  20. I just come in possession of some meyer lemons, so I’m trying to decide what to make with them — preserved? lemon pie? lemon bars? something savory?

  21. I have heard it so simple, but I want to try to make a salt encrusted sea bass. I have seen it done, and it looks so simple, but cooking fish has always scared me, for some reason. I’m going to do it, though!!!

  22. Spiced Pear Gin! Need to try that recipe. Would love to get my hands on this book, looks like DIY presents are taken to a higher level.

  23. I can’t wait to try your lemon curd recipe. I got a bunch of Meyer lemons and them ran out of time. I juiced the lemons and froze it along with the zest. Have to wait until next weekend.

  24. New jam recipes. I tried low-sugar options this past summer, and I’m not happy with the results. I need somewhere between the teeth-aching sweet of the strawberry freezer jam of my childhood and what I did this past summer. I’ll probably try some of your recipes but actually follow them this time πŸ™‚

  25. i will attempt to master the art of empanada’s! all kinds…. i want to make beautiful empanada’s for me and my husbands enjoyment…. since we are now a million jillion miles away from a good cuban restaurant

  26. I’ve never made chutney before, because it always seemed like the kind of thing I’d make and then never end up eating, but I had some on a cheese plate at a restaurant this past weekend and I realized what I’ve been missing. So chutney is at the top of my list for next year.

  27. I want to make some lemon curd. I love the idea of giving it as a gift. It makes me feel like someone who has “tea” on a regular basis in the English sense.

  28. I want to make sriracha sauce. I’ve never seen it for sale in the UK (possibly because I haven’t been looking in the right shops) and it sounds really good. Thank you!

  29. I already made fig vodka from a recipe someone in the family passed me, but now, probably English muffins, to go with all of that delicious jam that I’ve been making since finding FIJ for the first time πŸ˜‰
    No, wait, I think have to make my own crackers (finally). Since I’ve bookmarked no less than 20 recipes of all different shapes, sizes and tastes, so… yeah. Those!

  30. This year, two things I plan to try making are limoncello and bagels from scratch and now I’m going to have to pick up this book and try the spiced pear gin! YUM!!

  31. There isn’t a specific recipe, but I recieved a copy of A Year of Pies by Ashley English for Christmas and I really want to find/make some time to try out a few of the recipes in the book. They’re all full of deliciousness.

  32. I’m going to try making jelly instead of jam. Just to switch it up!
    I buy a 20 gallon bucket of sour cherries in the summer for jam making, but the cherry juice goes into zip bags in the freezer. My plan is to use the cherry juice for jelly. If that goes well I might also try making Welch’s grape juice into jelly since that is the only thing my brother will eat with his pbj sammie.

  33. I’d like to do more canning for gifts this summer. I also have a dehydrator and want to give that a try as well (over the summer…..teacher)
    Thanks for the giveaway – the book looks terrific!

  34. Ooohhhhh, I will make more extracts, and have another go at maple syrup- candied ginger (from locally grown ginger in western MA!!), and I will also give bone broth a try again.

  35. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes for homemade goods. Thanks for sharing the book!
    My current goal is to make a good loaf of bread. I rarely make one that I enjoy, yet I keep trying. I also would like to try my hand at pasta. Ooh! And croissants. A guilty pleasure.

    pretty little hen: where do you get that ginger? I just moved to the other side of the state.

  36. I’m going to learn to bake bread. Like a good sour dough, using that starter that we were given thats been in someone’s family for years.

  37. Home made crackers to use with my home made canned goods. I’m trying to eliminate as many store bought, processed foods as possible. Would love to look through this book.

  38. I’m excited to try making some hot pepper jam! I finally tried canning this year and thus far it’s gone well so I’m excited to expand my repertoire.

  39. This looks like a beautiful book, thanks for the opportunity. I would like to find a really good recipe for tiramisu. I love to order it in restaurants, but have never made it at home. And now, I want to try those Cacio e Pepe crackers from the giveaway book!

  40. I have a few things on my list for this year – part of my 30 before 30 goals. This year, I want to make cheese, ketchup, challah bread and tortillas! This book looks AWESOME! Thanks friendly sharing publishers πŸ™‚

  41. I want to try making homemade bitters, and also mint tea with fresh mint from my garden! I got some from a food swap and it was AWESOME, so now I want to try making it!

  42. Amaretto. That’s on my list for this year. I was going to make it for Christmas last year but never got around to it (in fact my clemencello is still not finished with simple syrup!)

  43. Homemade crackers, any and all cakes from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, pickled brussel sprouts, and homemade whole ingredient Samoas.

  44. I would love this book! We have done homemade gifts the last three years and would love some new ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  45. I want to try making homemade graham crackers. I try not to buy them, but my hubby and kids love them so I know the homemade ones would be winners…just need to get moved and get them made!

  46. Limoncello~ I’ve even ordered meyer lemons from the Lemon Ladies Orchard! Just waiting for them to arrive! Love the give away!

  47. I just made my first sriracha adapted from Food 52 and am looking forward to some homemade harissa next.

    And…there are a few things in this book that sound TERRIFIC!

  48. I want to try every thing…. but I am real new to DYI, canning (am buying supplies and will start as soon as I get every thing I need to start), I want to try marmalade’s real bad and spiced peaches. This book would be great for a beginner like me. Thanks!!

  49. I love crackers. With cheese, they’re probably my favorite snack. So I want to learn to make a variety of crackers. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  50. No specific recipe, but I would like to make something with elderberry flowers. I read a recipe for an elderberry syrup last spring and it has been on my mind since.

  51. I don’t have any particular recipes in mind, but in general my goal for this year is to become more comfortable with cooking/preparing fish, including learning how to properly clean and fillet one!

  52. I’ve been wanting to jar pear sauce – like apple sauce – but haven’t gotten a recipe or found time for it yet! Trader Joes used to have the only pear sauce I knew of, but they stopped making/carrying it. It bet I can make one that’s better! πŸ™‚

  53. I want to try Fleur de Sel Caramels. I’m completely addicted to some I bought at a gourmet store in Longmont, CO.

  54. I’ve been struggling with making caramel (esp. sauces), so that is my goal this year, to finally make it work without having my whole house smell like burnt sugar.

  55. When I get the urge to try something I usually do right away and don’t procrastinate… lest I forget! But I suppose, I don’t make excuses to make things like Tres Leche Cake which I’ve always wanted to make and never have, in part because I know I’ll eat the whole thing. But, I’ll pledge to make it in 2013!

  56. I am obsessed with Little Paris Kitchen. I have been saving episodes and want to try several of her recipes, but “eggs in pots” is up first.

  57. I am still looking for the recipe for great pretzel rolls. My husband and I had some in Las Vegas, and have not been able to duplicate them.

    In general, I am exploring all things yeast bread this year. There will be many new bread recipes.

  58. Spiced pear gin?! Now I have to win this book so I can make that. And everyone else has posted great ideas so I need to make those too. One other item on my list is vin d’orange.

  59. Once the backyard pears are ready to be picked, a case of canning jars will be ready for Spiced Pear Gin! Ready for some porch sipping!

  60. Holy cow, there are so many recipes I want to try! The tabs I have open at the moment are for homemade vanilla extract and homemade yogurt πŸ™‚

  61. I don’t know if I could nail down one specific recipe I want to try in 2013–but we definitely want to get better at Indian food, have already tried out some baigan bhartha and chole aplak, and are planning to go in the yogurt sauce, kofte, and dal direction very soon. πŸ™‚ This cookbook sounds pretty wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  62. One recipe I want to try out is making handmade spinach pasta. I already have the tools so… maybe I can complete this goal this week. πŸ™‚ Thanks for this opportunity, the book looks so lovely!

  63. Your dark chocolate pear butter!! I am practically OBSESSED with the idea it since i saw it on the blog. I even dream about the stuff. I need to get me a little sack of pears and get cookin”!!! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway~Rana

  64. Actually, on my list – now that they’re around (as opposed to last year, which, none), is a blood orange marmalade that I found on your website last year.

    I realize this seems like sucking up, but really is the truth. I wasn’t bitching about the lack of blood oranges last year (or my utter excitement at finding them this year) for no reason.

    And hey, the link was easy to pull up. πŸ˜‰

  65. Preserved salted limes. I ‘m kinda cheating mentioning these because I started them a week ago. But they are still setting (soaking?) on my kitchen counter and I haven’t tasted them yet.

    P.S. I love all these comments…lots of ideas for new things to try.

  66. I want to give homemade crackers a shot this year. I’ve made a ton of jams and thought it’d be a perfect compliment.

  67. Considering I have a baby coming in about a month, I’m looking forward to trying my hand at making baby food from scratch.

  68. we just moved and our landlord informed us that there are lots of choke cherries on the property. i am going to try jelly and syrup this summer.

  69. There is a cake recipe I clipped out of a magazine several years ago that I’ve been wanting to make. The cake layers are chocolate and there is a very thin cheesecake layer in between. It looks very rich and decadent. I was thinking of making it on Easter.

  70. I really want to make Fleur de Sel caramels and this recipe in this book looks fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book!

  71. This year my goal is to start a neighborhood fruit and vege swap. Have too many tomatoes swap for green beans! I also want to include jams, honey snd breads. I know it not a recipe but I love the idea.

  72. I would like to experiment with syrups this year, for flavouring, well, just about anything. But particularly, the soda I hope to make with the birthday present I have requested πŸ˜‰

  73. Love your inspirational posts, book and blog. I never enter or comment but LOVED THIS BOOK the second I saw it! I “can” and preserve a lot and have over a hundred recipes in trial and hope to make all of them and more for the book I am writing. My husband is always afraid to go to sleep during canning season~he thinks he might wake up…canned IN a JAR! At least that is what he says!! Tee hee~My goal this year for sure is to make and PERFECT our 1896 Family Recipe for Swedish Raspberry Cordial!! Yum!! It is my favorite on a hot summer day mixed with ginger ale, a few fresh raspberries and served over ice! mmmmm πŸ™‚ Thank you~

  74. I just found your Grape Catsup (however did I miss this one), I have to try it. Your Tomato jam is now a staple in our house so this sounds just as good.

  75. I just got into small batch canning. I’m really excited to make strawberry balsamic jam but also want to make flavored mustard. Sage-Wine infused and Beer mustards are at the top of my list!

  76. It looks like a fun book. The recipe I am planning to try (if all goes well, in the next day or two) is homemade butter. I’ve tried/failed once before (a blender version) but now I have a tried and true recipe from a cyberfriend who swears it is delicious and that I will never want to go back to storebought butter again. Fingers crossed!

  77. I have canned so much this year. So many different recipes I’ve made at least once. The only thing I have yet to try is canning venison. As soon as I get the gumption, I will let my husband hunt one. It’s a huge job to dress and prepare the meat. I’m more than a little intimidated by all the work.

  78. Going to jazz up some Strawberry Jam this summer: Basalmic Vinegar & Strawberry; Basil & Strawberry and my fave Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam.

  79. So many new recipes I want to try this year but definitely Raspberry Onion Jalapeno Chutney and Caramelized Onion Jam. I’m thinking savory jams for a change of pace!

  80. I made a new year’s resolution to cook one recipe from each of my cookbooks this year. So, not sure what recipes are coming up next, but I’m excited to explore some old favorites and new treats….

  81. I got a pressure canner for Christmas that I haven’t broken into yet. I can wait to try stock and beans, etc. I’m ready to continue filling the pantry with staples that come from our own kitchen!

  82. One recipe – BWAH! I have a 6 inch printed stack of recipes to try (+ Pinterest + cookbooks), so I’m always working on something. This week I’m making crock pot Hungarian Beef Stew, asian chicken wings, and homemade mac n cheese.

  83. Hi funnily I blogged today hat I wanted to try your raspberry and jalapeΓ±o jam . I also want to try canning a chocolate and raspberry sauce I found today!

  84. I want to make this : Get Well Soup.

    When Farmer John was recovering from his hip surgery, it was impossible to keep up with all of the chores on the farm. We decided to whip up a special soup to get him back in the saddle (or up on the tractor)β€”and use some of the things we had left in the root cellar.

    Turnip soup is known to stimulate the appetite, and studies have shown that chicken soup can help speed up the recovery process. Why not blend the two? With a little garlic and onions thrown in for their natural anti-microbial powers, this delicious soup will have you feeling better even if you’re not under-the-weather.


    1 pound chicken parts

    1 whole chicken, thoroughly rinsed

    1 carrot, cut into 1 inch pieces

    1 parsnip, cut into 1 inch pieces

    2 stalks celery, including leafy tops, cut into 3-inch pieces

    2 cloves of garlic, peeled

    1 large whole onion, unpeeled (find one with a firm, golden-brown peel)

    4 Tablespoons butter

    2 Tablespoon olive oil

    2 pounds of turnips, peeled and cut into a 1/2-inch dice

    1/2 cup rice, arborio

    1 teaspoon of whole peppercorns

    1 bunch of dill, cleaned and tied with a string

    salt and pepper



    1. Pour 12 cups of cold water into a large stockpot, and throw in the chicken parts, onion, garlic, carrots, parsnip, and celery. Bring to a boil. While water is heating, rub the inside of the whole chicken with salt.

    2. Add the chicken to the pot, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Test chicken with a fork to see if it’s tender and fully cooked; then remove it from the pot, and set aside on a large platter. Leave chicken parts in the pot.

    3. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Let soup simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    4. When chicken cools, remove skin and bones and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

    5. Strain the soup, and discard everything solid

    6. Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan and bring to a froth. Toss in the turnips and saute til brown but still firm, about 3 minutes.

    7. Add turnips and chicken pieces to the broth

    8. Stir in the rice and cook, covered, over medium heat for about 15 minutes.

    9. Drop in the dill for one minute before serving and then remove. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Garnish: minced parsley and 3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan

    Get well soon!!

  85. Way more pickles! We were at a restaurant that had a ton of in-house, awesome and unusual pickles and I have the pickle bug now. Onions, mushrooms and beets come to mind. . . can’t wait!!

  86. How do I choose just one when there are so many things on my foodie to-do list! I’ve been wanting to do preserved lemons since last summer.

  87. I’d like to can lemonade concentrate this year. I freeze a lot of our lemon juice, but I only have so much freezer space! πŸ™‚

  88. I want to make homemade corn tortillas from scratch. I’ve already ordered the heirloom corn seeds, which I plan to grow myself!

  89. I am a realtor who makes appetizers for Brokers Open Houses so I am always on the lookout for a great appetizer. The Cacio e Pepe crackers caught my eye.

  90. I want to try making ice cream from scratch. I found a recipe for lavender honey ice cream somewhere……anyway, it sounds yummy.

  91. There is a recipe from another writer at Serious Eats for English bangers that I’d really like to try. I really miss true English bangers.

  92. Funny — I’ve been wanting to try a fleur de sel caramel recipe for a while now! Just found one that looks interesting — but those maple caramels above look great, too… Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  93. I’m hoping to try my hand at some homemade sausage this year–my other goal for 2013 was homemade fresh pasta, but just checked that off this past weekend!

  94. “spiced pear gin”???? my go-to fruit butter recipe is spiced vanilla pear butter so CLEARLY I need to try my hand at spiced pear gin! (hmmmmm, maybe i’ll add it to the butter….)

  95. Cultured butter…I tried once before, but my family got the flu before I finished it, and by the time we had recovered it was too late!

  96. This is the year I’m going to start making crackers! I hope! (Incidentally, this is already the year I started making my own granola bars, and wow, was that easier and better than I anticipated! Hopefully crackers are the same way!)

  97. There’s a ton of recipe’s I plan on trying out this year.. not sure which will come first, but some form of Rhubarb preserve is high on that list – I’ll have a giant patch in my front yard come spring that for once, I know what to do with!

  98. I want to do more fermenting! I’ve done sauerkraut and beet kvass, but I know there are so many other recipes out there to try.

  99. I want to try more pickling and canning this year. My next go to recipe to try will be Mexican style spicy pickled carrots

  100. I started canning this summer during cherry season. Now that we’re in the middle of winter, I wish I had learned earlier and made strawberry jam. Only a few more months! πŸ™‚

  101. I’m hoping to try to make some home made ravioli and some home made crackers. My cookbooks are packed away at the moment, but I think the cracker recipe is from the recipe book from (the now closed πŸ™ ) Harlow’s Crackers (which was in NH). They’re called “Ugly Crackers” and they’re made with bleu cheese…

  102. Your pickled carrots and daikon! Everytime I buy the ingredients, I don’t get it to it! I’m hoping the 3rd times the charm because I know I’ll like them so much!

  103. I am anxious to try a peach cobbler made with half pecan flour and half regular cobbler that my husband thought sounded good… Can’t wait for the Georgia peaches!

  104. Tonight in honour of Well Preserved Home Economics I will be celebrating breaking resolutions and making delicious lemon squares. They’ve got eggs in them and that’s breaking something sin’t it? Hope to win!

  105. This year I have a list of things to make that’s longer than a roll of Charmin, but I think I’m most excited about pressure canning veggies from my garden this year for the first time.

  106. I love to make jams and jellies. However, I’ve not made wine jelly. I think this summer would be a great time to do so.

  107. Years ago I bookmarked pistachio souffles and have never quite gotten around to making them. This year I think I’ll plan a gathering around those souffles and finally try my hand at them.

  108. At the moment I am trying to find the perfect homemade bread recipe to use as a replacement for store pre-sliced bread. It’s proving a challenge. Specific recipe that I really want to try is the Chickpea Pot Pie at OAMC. Then I want to find a way to cut it down into individual pockets like I used to eat when I was a kid.

  109. This year I have two goals, to never again have to panic about what to make for dinner, or what to give as a gift from my heart…. Oh, and also to master the art of making homemade pizza from scratch.

  110. I want to make my own vanilla extract this year. I have the idea stuck in my head that this year may be the year of an entirely homemade Christmas gift giving. I figure between knitting, jam and preserves, and my husband’s beer we can do it. And hopefully discovering soap-making this summer.

  111. I am already dreaming of things I will try this July and August when my Mangoes come in – the tree is very late and hasn’t even started to bloom, yet, unlike others in the neighborhood. I will be doing a mango, passionfruit, ginger jam for SURE this year!

  112. i have been making mustards, salsas, ketchups, and many new jams, jellies, etc. this year but blueberry meyers lemon marmalade sounds like something i would eat on breae. i make marms but use them only to cook with

  113. Oooh, there are so many things I’m wanting to try this year. I’ve just gotten into preserving over the holidays and I’m hooked!

    First and foremost though I’m wanting to try your grapefruit jam. I have several in the fridge waiting for me to have some time to do it!

  114. Top of the list is Ruby Grapefruit marmalade. If I had any cranberries left, I’d make some cranberry vodka….wondering if dried would work. Also, later this year, Purple Basil and Orange jelly. This looks like another book I will go buy, thanks for the heads up!

  115. Well. This year we really NEED to try canning some spaghetti sauce. I tried to do it last year – even got some wonderful sauce made, but life got in the way before it could be canned.

  116. I’m going to take another shot at tomato jam/marmalade. I made the one from the Grand Central Bakery recipe but something did not turn out right as my version wasn’t killer like theirs is. (come to Portland and order the Mediterranean tosti)

  117. The recipe on my list to make this summer is zuchinni pie that taste like apple pie. We always have too many zuchinnis growing everywhere in the garden.

  118. I saw a cucumber jalapeno vodka recipe in the amazon preview that I’d love to try!

    My goal for this year is to make some decent sauerkraut in time for new years’ pork and sauerkraut. My mom and I tried once when I was little, but we maybe forgot about it and that ended badly. My uncle usually ships his own homemade stuff from PA to Los Angeles for us, but he hasn’t been able to for the last couple years.

  119. My sister wants to make preserved lemons. I’d like to find a good recipe for pickles. After my first ‘season’ of canning, I’m ready to do more berry recipes in spring. I could go on and on.

  120. I’m excited to make the Rio Red Grapefruit and Meyer lemon marmalade. My lemons should arrive next week along with my grapefruit!

  121. My big goal for this year was crepes, which I’ve made three times. Now I need to perfect that and pick another goal.

  122. I want to try more variations on Maraschino cherries. Tried two different recipes this past year – neither one is quite right. But it’s lovely to have real cherries in our Saturday manhattans.

  123. This weekend I tried preserving lemons for the first time. Some dried and one jar of lemons preserving in salt sitting on my counter

  124. I have been wanting to try Mango Pickles with Scorched Mustard Seed. I saw it the book “Quick Pickles” by Chris Schlesinger. I have also never used a pressure canner, so I can’t wait to try my new one.

  125. I have yet to find a go-to marmalade recipe, so I’d like to try a few more until I perfect it. I’d also like to make more homemade crackers, and try making cheese.

  126. I’d like to learn to can beans – I can grow and dry them like crazy, but learning to use them is going a little more slowly…

  127. Due to an overwhelming number of pepper seeds I just planted, I’ve got big plans for hot sauce – mainly a habenero/pineapple one I saw last week. I’ve never eaten habeneros, so it should be an interesting adventure.

  128. My first canning attempt, strawberry jalapeΓ±o jelly, went well last month. Now I want to try making bread and butter pickles.

  129. My husband is very picky about his pickles. I’m working on making him the perfect pickles via trial and error.
    Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like a wonderful book to have for year round gift giving.

  130. I cannot wait to try my hand a canning fresh and smoked tuna this summer. Its been on my to do for a while now and it will finally happen this summer.

  131. This book looks beautiful! I want to make more homemade snacks and I want to start with graham crackers and granola bars. BUT, I also want to be more ambitious in my canning – I’d like to attempt some good pickles!

  132. I want to find the perfect recipe for ultra-thin, crispy (whole grain) pizza crust, so I can make my own version of Trader Joe’s Tarte d’Alsance (or however it’s spelled).

  133. Lemon curd. Just picked up some Meyer lemons on a whim and I am itching to do something with them. I have been wanting to try to make lemon curd for awhile and now is the time!

    • Do it!! I just made some for the first time last week, and they are actually not that hard, and delicious, and so worth the effort. You will be pleased.

  134. i’m hoping to get out to a pick-your-own this summer during blueberry season and put up some blueberry jams, but i don’t have any specific recipes planned yet…suggestions?

  135. This might be a bit gross to some, but I am hoping to do some bow hunting for the first time this year. If I’m lucky, I will get to try deer heart stew this year.

  136. Mango Chutney is on my list! I don’t have a specific recipe in mind, but I do have five under consideration. Just waiting for some cheap mangos to show up at the grocery store!

  137. I thought about making watermelon jam last summer, but never got around to it… a taste of summer sure would hit the spot right about now – yes, watermelon Jam is a MUST for 2013!

  138. Looking at grapefruit marmalade recepies – am awash in them. Always looking for good new cookbooks, especially those with canning.

  139. I really really want to find a good vegan brownie recipe – this is my goal for 2013! This book looks fantastic, and would solve a lot of the problems I have with finding gifts I like for friends and family. Thanks for the giveaway!

  140. I have to choose just one? I am embarking on a journey to discover my heritage through food and am focusing on traditional Quebecois fare, and the next one up is soupe du vendredi, a slow cooked pea and ham soup that used to be eaten traditionally Friday because of meat restriction!

  141. Soooooo many recipies still to try. But …. I bought some insanely good quality olive oil this christmas so I have been wanting to try recipies other than traditional vinaigrette to use it in and with. Maybe even an olive oil cake.

    and odd that the edible diy book wasn’t on my radar though it looks interesting.

  142. Pepper infused tequila and the related recipe of spicy grapefruit margaritas. I’m also committed to trying and perfecting soft pretzels.

  143. Many variations of blueberry jam. I went crazy picking berries this year, filled up my freezer and now want to explore some new flavor combinations. Ideas, anyone?

  144. I’m always looking for interesting persimmon recipes that do not contain the usual “pumpkin pie” spices…I’m hoping to find and try a persimmon cake recipe that does not taste like pumpkin bread…

  145. During this year IΒ΄ll keep doing what I like best, coffee marmalade and blackberry marmalade, but I want to try Lemon curd, and orange marmalade.

    Thanks for the giveaway

  146. At the same time as coming across your blog, i had just finished preserving some Lemons- I’m definitely going to have to try your recipe for Lemon puree, maybe served on some grilled Goat’s cheese bruschetta?

  147. I have two specific things that I would like to master in 2013. One is pastry and bread dough, I know just enough about them both to be dangerous. The other is to try some salted caramel. It is my favorite flavor and want to be able to create baked goods using it!! The Maple Syrup Carmel in the book sounds delicious!!

  148. I have always wanted to make my own pectin! I’ve also wanted to make vinegar. I love giving homemade gifts because people really don’t expect them! Thank you for the opportunity! This book looks fabulous!

  149. I will make blackberry jam this year. I’m the only one who likes it and I realized that’s a wonderful right reason to make it!

  150. I love giving home made food gifts and can always use more ideas! This year I want to make sweet tea jam for the first time.

  151. I would like to try some sort of caramels. I have never tried any type of candy and would like to. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance!

  152. I had a long running goal of learning how to make bagels at home. I finally managed to attempt this and they were delicious! However I still have several more batches to make before I can consider them mastered. How fortunate for me that my family(And especially the husband) is willing to eat each attempt with as much gusto as the last:)

  153. Man, there are so many things – so many things to choose from!! I would really like to make the perfect muffin, weighing ingredients and taking the time to do it right and all that. Thanks so much for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  154. Wow fabulous sounding book! My grandmother use to can and it skipped a generation but I taught myself and love it. The strawberry balsamic thyme jam, Cranberry Champagne ginger jam, pickles, flavored spirits, truffles, flavored salts……..endless sounding yummy things to try for the new year. Some books only have a few really delicious sounding recipes…..this one sounds like page to page winners! Tried bagels and didn’t do so well but hey….maybe I just didn’t have the right recipe! Maybe this year will be a better bagel year!

  155. Wow, this book looks great!! I am always looking for good gift reciepes to can. A couple of weeks ago you had a chocolate pear jam that I’m dying to try!! In my house, anything made with pears will disapear fast and the chocolate is a bonus!! thanks for great inspiration.

  156. I’m on a pickle mission this year for sure. In 2011 they all turned out too soft, and last year I ran out of time and didn’t make any. I was thinking more traditionally, but pickled fennel sounds great! (And I wouldn’t have to share with anyone in my family!)

  157. Oh gosh… I have so many I want to try. I have your book and one other new preserving book plus a binder full of dinner ideas I want to try. I guess I’ll narrow it down to my next project: Bourbon Caramel truffles for my hubby for Valentines day.

  158. What an awesome book! This year I want to master bread. I have tried it before, with little success and I very much want to get this under my belt.

  159. I would love to make more of the gifts that I give. People love food and I want to be better at making it. This book looks great!

  160. This year I want to try orange marmalade. I know it’s nothing exotic, but my grandmother used to make it and although she was a great cook and canner, I think I can do it even better. πŸ™‚

  161. This year I want to try making marmalade, I’ve tried all kinds of jams and jelly’s and Marmalade seems the like the logical next step.

  162. I recently started making kombucha but I haven’t been brave enough to experiment with adding fruit/flavoring it yet (I’m just now on my third batch). I want to start getting creative soon!

  163. I gave out canned goods for gifts this year and they went over quite well. I’m looking for unique, but not overly exotic canning recipes for next year. Of course, thismeans sampling them first! I have my eye on a few pickled pear recipes at the moment!

  164. I have a neighbor with a pair of dwarf quince trees. I’ve always wanted to try making cotingnac (quince paste) – maybe this year!

  165. I am going to make Chocolate Pear jam this year! Mmmmmm, just the sound of it makes we want to wake the baby to go get some pears…

  166. I got a new cookbook for Hanukah, and there was a recipe in it for a malted milk ball cake (it had malted milk powder in it, not actual candy). Since that is my sister’s favorite candy, though, I made it for her for her birthday over the weekend. It was pretty tasty even if it was a frosted cake (my whole family tends to be more pound cake people than frosted layer cake people).

  167. I was given the ‘A Year of Pies’ cookbook by Ashley English for Christmas and I really want to try the pie that has fried green tomatoes in it. I’ll have to wait quite a few months for some green tomatoes, though!

    ps. Everybody needs that cookbook. It has awesome recipes in it.

  168. I’m going to make wild yeast starters for breads and pizza dough. I bought a second (used and cheap) refrigerator to keep them going.

  169. I’m itching to try a cranberry wild rice bread that I saw on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. I found the recipe online, and stopped the other day to buy some wild rice, now I just need to put it all together.

  170. This year I would like to learn to make all kinds of crackers and savory snacks from scratch, this book would be great to get started, hope I am favored!

  171. I just relocated to the southwest and have citrus trees in the backyard! So I am going to try that yummy pink grapefruit jam you posted on etsy! I have been making tons of honey lemonade, roasted lemon chutney and lemon preserves! Love your blog!

  172. I want to make chocolate covered orange candies. I made chocolate orange marshmallows a couple of months ago and loved them.

  173. I’m wanting to take a run at marmalades – I’ve given butters, jams, curds, in past years but have never gone the extra to try marmalades.

  174. I am an adventurous cook, always trying new things and I often get bored with my same old recipes. I want to master the souffle this year!!

  175. cheese!
    I am going to keep trying till I get it perfect!
    so far it has been edible and useable, and good, working toward wonderful!

  176. want to make pear “honey” with pear peelings from other preserves made a month or so ago. i froze the peelings to save for this. i made apple “honey” 2 weeks ago and it was TASTY!

  177. In 2103 I plan to do more complex baking projects and revisit recipes I haven’t taken the time to prepare again. Bagels, pita bread, donuts, popovers are going t be great fun!

  178. I would love to learn to make umeboshi, kombucha, water kefir, and gluten free sourdough, but I’m going to start with something simple, like preserved lemons since I have an abundance of them right now. I’d love to sift through Lucy’s book to see what recipes she has to offer.

  179. I want to make tagliatelle with wild mushroom sauce (from the “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes” cookbook I got for Christmas, using the pasta machine I also got for Christmas).

  180. I’m not that ambitious at the moment. Want to try a paleo type carrot cake I found in a hippie magazine. I guess hippies eat meat now, at least some of us.

  181. I made Blueberry butter last week but was a little disappointed. Kind of like you said – it’s good enough for home but not good enough for gift giving. Maybe it’s because I used blueberries from the store & it’s not their normal season but I think I can make it better. So although I already tried this new recipe this year, I think come June I’ll be trying a slightly different variation of this recipe.

  182. I am really looking forward to trying more infused alcohols this year, limoncello, spiced brandy and homemade kahlua.

  183. I really want to commit to canning a bunch of whole peeled tomatoes this summer. Time kind of got away from me last summer and I never got around to it. Also, limoncello.

  184. maple syrup caramels are what I would love try. I buy syrup from my favorite vendor at the farmers market and stow some away for the winter months.

  185. wow what a gorgeous book! i’m planning my garden for next summer, and by extension, what i’ll be canning. can’t wait for spring!

  186. Fruit syrups. I’ve done jams so far, and realize that while I really enjoy making jam, I don’t really eat that much of it. I feel like syrup might end up being more usable for me. Ideally, I want to make syrup from fruit I’ve foraged (huckleberries or blackberries, perhaps), but I probably won’t say no to summer gluts at the farmer’s market πŸ™‚

  187. I make lots of bread, but I’d like to make some that could be used to make good Melba toast. My melbas usually turn out too crumbly.

  188. I think this year, my one recipe to try would be some kind of marmalade! I’ve never tried it before, and so many people in my family love it.

  189. I want to make preserved lemons. I’ve never heard of them until I saw your post. I found a perfect storage jar at Ikea last weekend and I’m making them this week. I live in Denver so it’s hard to get my hands on fresh citrus, but I’m going to try it with grocery store lemons and hope for the best.

  190. Oh sounds fun! I’ve been scouring your blog for all things citrus lately, and am considering the candied citrus peel recipes… Not sure I’m brave enough tho!

  191. Oh man, those maple syrup caramels sound delicious! My dad is obsessed with maple-anything so I would love to make him a batch for Father’s Day πŸ™‚

  192. I think I want to make Milk Jam or sometimes it is called milk carmel…I probably will make it from whole milk and not goat’s milk since I have no dairy goats ! πŸ™‚

  193. I printed off a recipe from Red Star Yeast for homemade English muffins. Hope to try those this weekend. Perfect for jam and butter placement.

  194. Looks like a wonderful book, my list of to try recipes this year is very long!! Specifically right now I have started my own sourdough starter and I am on a mission to start making our family’s bread from scratch!!

  195. I’ve been making candy for a while, now, and I am determined to master tempering chocolate so I can make dipped honeycomb candy and dipped nougats/torrone. I’m getting closer every time, but it’s still not perfect!

  196. I’m hoping to work on perfecting some more vegan versions of baked goods. I’m finding them a little tricky to keep consistent so I’ll enjoy experimenting.

  197. I’m planning on trying to candy cranberries. I don’t really have a recipe, but I’ve candied other things and so am hopeful!

  198. This year I want to try making my own crackers. I love your blog, it makes me want to stretch what I do in the kitchen.

  199. I love to bake. and I bake a lot. And I am addicted to a certain ginger scone at a certain coffee shop near me in Oakland. My goal is to make my own version of the best ginger scone ever!

  200. I plan on making your Honey-Sweetened Skillet Stonefruit Jam soon. I’m looking for sugar free jams to make for my friends birthday so I thought I would try this one.

  201. I think my biggest must-try this year is spiced cranberry jam! A friend of mine made it last year and it was phenomenal. Your Spiced Plum Jam and Cantaloupe Vanilla jam were huge hits at our traditional New Year’s brunch this year, so I need to mix it up a bit!

  202. I’d love to make anything in this book…it looks awesome!! My big project for the year is to grow Huckleberries and make jam/jelly from my harvest.

  203. I didn’t have success with my first batch of preserved lemons so I’m hoping to give it a go with a new recipe (can you even call it a recipe?).

  204. You have me really thinking about the citrus thing, because that’s where my biggest “uh-huh” taste moments come. I think I’m going to be brave, and try your grapefruit jam. The thought of it is really turning my crank right now.

  205. I am making over 300 champagne cupcakes for my instructional assistant’s wedding. So I am spending the beginning of this year practicing champagne cupcake recipes!

    Thank you for all of your ideas and wonderful posts!

  206. well, I just made my own herbal chai concentrate, which I’ve been meaning to do forever. my daughter wants me to make macarones for her b-day, so that will be new for me. thank you for the giveaway.

  207. Sfogliatelle. On a trip to the Amalfi coast in Italy my husband and I fell in love with this cream filled Italian pastry which has layers like a croissant put the layers are crispy. It is difficult to find where we live aqnd even more difficult to make, but I figure I’d try in 2013!!

  208. Spiced Pear Gin? Maple Syrup Caramels? I need to check this book out. I’m back to attempting one new recipe a week (that is the goal anyway). This week I’m planning on making Moroccan Carrot Salad from the 101 Cookbooks blog. (Last week was a dud of a cauliflower soup.)

  209. I’ve added quite a few recipes to my bookmarks over the past few months, but one I’m determined to try soon is your Salted Rye Cookies. I’ve been getting into baking lately, mostly likely because it’s winter and I’m happy to run the oven often!

  210. Looks like a fabulous DIY book! So many things I want to try in 2013, but, since my kitchen remodel has left me with no where to preserve anything for 4 weeks now, what I’ve missed is playing with quince. Recently tasted a quince marmalade that made me want to try one of my own.

  211. Next on my list is bread making! I picked up a dutch oven around Christmas time, so now I’ve just got to get my sour dough starter going.

  212. any thing in a jar. I’m always looking for some savory recipe for the extra fruits, veggies and meats I seem to accumulate.

  213. I really, really want to try your pear vanilla jam, after loving your cranberry pear jam, which I made at Christmastime for my little give aways!

  214. I’d really like to try my hand at making candies, specifically caramels. In particular, those maple syrup caramels with fleur de sel up there look unbelievable.

  215. I have a pile so high that I’d need a couple of years of daily trials to work through it, but I’m itching to buy the “Jerusalem” cookbook and try everything in that. Thank you for the giveaway!

  216. I’m experimenting a lot with fermented foods in 2013. The Art of Fermenetation by Sandor Katz has got lots of things bubblin’ in my kitchen — kefir, kombucha, natural soda!

  217. Soooooo excited, just won an ebay auction for a wonderful 10-12 qt copper jam pan, it arrived from France on Monday. Not to mention I pulled a recipe for Strawberry Jam with rosemary out of the Hobby Farm Home this month. Checked that my rosemary was still going good in the herb garden and am just waiting for for strawberry season to arrive. Until then……..

  218. I am so excited about this cookbook! Ever since I moved closer to my fiance’s family, I have wanted to impress them with homemade goodies, like Sea Salt Caramels from scratch! But, to be honest, I really want to try the Spiced Pear Gin recipe, because gin is delightful.

  219. Sourdough bread! Seems simple enough for someone who bakes bread on a regular basis but sourdough has always seemed like a monumental task! I am bound and determined to do it this year!

    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all!! πŸ™‚

  220. I am going to try boneless wings this weekend. We are hug fans of buffalo wings and wanted to try something different. Yay. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  221. I’d LOVE to get a copy of this book. I made and canned several gifts for family and friends this past Christmas and really enjoyed the process. One recipe that was on my list for 2013 was chicken soup. I made that this past weekend. I made my own broth and then made the soup with it and canned it in my pressure canner. Then, because I’m the impatient sort, I opened a jar this week for supper, warmed it on the stove and added some rice I had cooked the night before. It was truly satisfying to eat the soup that I had made and preserved myself. πŸ™‚ It’s also nice to know that I have 4 more quarts waiting on my shelf for future meals. I’m hoping to discover 3-4 more soup recipes for canning and also hope to can several quarts of chicken broth.

  222. I have never done any preserving (unless you count stealing strawberries while my dad made jam when I was a kid), and so will be trying this out for the first time ever this year! I’m super excited!!!! Probably going to try out something involving cranberries, they are my favourite!

  223. The past couple of years I have been doing a lot of experimenting in my little kitchen, for example I made my own sourdough starter and bread and my friends and family line up to get a loaf. But my favorite experiments have been in the form of infused liquors and such, I’d love to explore the entire “boozy” section of that book.

  224. I was going to try your blood orange marmalade recipe, only I was going to try to use honey instead of sugar. I’m also working on taking a lot of our favorite recipes and substituting the processed foods in them with whole foods.

  225. Next on my recipe list is Gluten free Sourdough Starter and then on to Gluten free Sourdough English muffins! They’ll be awesome with your Tomato Jam recipe.

  226. Noodles. I’ve never made homemade noodles. And now that my daughter has tasted my sister’s chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles, she insists I need to make some!

  227. I am really itching to try Julia Child’s French Onion Soup, especially after having watched the episode from PBS recently where she whipped it up. She makes it all sound so easy.

  228. As silly as it is, I always forget to put up pickled peppers (jalapenos and banana) and then kick myself when I have to buy them in the winter. So pickled peppers are the top of my list for next year. I also want to see if I can modify the spices in a spaghetti-sauce-type pressure canning recipe to incorporate Indian flavors instead of Italian flavors so I have curries and soups ready to go!

  229. I work at a bakery and one year for Christmas, a collegue of mine handed out little bottles of homemade vanilla extract… it was both a lovely gift idea and had been on my “to do” list for years! Because it’s not something that can be whipped up last minute, I’m going to get cracking on this little project early this year! Everyone is getting homemade vanilla extract this year for Christmas!

  230. First foray into canning last summer..tomatoes, peaches, pickles, applesauce. This year goal is trying JAMS. Strawberry balsamic thyme jam sounds amazing. Thanks for a great blog!

  231. I am going to learn to make a good seeded rye bread and a tasty pie dough this year…then I will be making jams and fillings to complete those tw0 baking accomplishments! (fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  232. I would like to try to make my sister-in-law’s bread and butter pickle recipe this year. I’ve already bought cucumber seeds. Next, I need to get the recipe from her. Her pickles are so amazing that we’ll sneak them into the fridge and not tell others we’ve opened the jar. They’re always the first thing to go from her annual gift basket, even before her amazing jams.

  233. What a great book! You say it includes candy? I made some chocolate candy recently and realized what kind of fun it could be to make other kinds of candies. Naturally, everything else in that book is right up my interest alley, too.

  234. Key Lime curd!!! For the quick key lime pie fix. I was inspired by your lenon curd and the suggestion of putting the curd into a premade mini tart shell.

  235. I’ve been exploring different breads to go with all of the jellies and jams I’ve been making for the past few years. I’m currently on the hunt for a good crumpet recipe. My first flop tasted delicious with your ginger peach preserves, but didn’t have the spongey little nooks and crannies I was hoping for.

  236. Dying to try homemade condiments like mayo and ketchup. Homemade everything always seems to easily outshine store bought, maybe it’s the extra love!!