I hope you all had a really lovely weekend. It’s been so fun to see all the pictures the March Mastery Challenge folks have been posting on Facebook and Instagram of their jellies and shrubs. And thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live broadcast on Facebook last Thursday. If you missed it, you can still watch it here. Now, links!
- Citrus smash jam
- Candied orange peel (the perfect way to use the whole fruit if you’re making citrus jelly)
- Sweet preserved kumquats
- Smoked lemons preserved in salt
- Roasted carrot jam
- Pickled red onions
- Mason jar mayo
- Jam roll cookies
- Sorghum sweetened bread pudding
- Fermented buckwheat crunch
- Small batch focaccia
- Chocolate sunbutter cookies
- Recently, I participated in a conversation with Maggie Battista and Domenica Marchetti about citrus and preserving. It’s a fun read and one that shows off our similarities and differences in the kitchen.
In other news, the latest issue of Taproot Mag hit newsstands and mailboxes in the last week. The theme of this issue is Weave and I contributed a piece on woven baked goods. The cinnamon braids included in the story was one of the very first things I ever made and it is dear to me because it’s something I would make with my Aunt Doris.
If you spot a copy in the wild, please do pick it up. In addition to my story, you’ll find other recipes, a pattern for a lovely knitted hat, and much, much more.
And finally, let me tell you about the best iPad stand I’ve ever used. I often bring an iPad into the kitchen when I need to reference an online recipe. In the past, I’ve used little tripods or the folding cover that attaches via magnets to prop up the iPad in order to read the recipe. However, they’ve never felt particularly secure and they didn’t really keep the iPad out of the fray of my workspace.
Then, a couple months ago, the folks from a Swiss company asked if they could send me one of their stands. Because this was an area where I have been looking for a better solution, I said yes and I’m so glad I did. I love this stand. It holds my iPad Air securely and is able to display the screen in three different orientations. Though I yearned for their wooden stand, I opted for the black plastic one because I knew that it would clean up better (and that’s always a concern in the kitchen). I have nothing but good things to say about this sleek and useful stand. If you’re in the market for something similar, I suggest you take a look at the Yohann.
(The unit you see above was sent to me at no cost. I was not obligated to write about it, but have chosen to do so because I really like it and thought some of you would find a similar item useful. I was not compensated for this post beyond the sample unit.)
Sorry, I don’t do Facebook or Instagram.
I picked up some blackberries on sale at the store last Thursday so I made a shrub with ginger, sugar, apple cider vinegar and some aged balsamic vinegar my sister gave me that has vanilla in it. I’ll probably use either berry seltzer water or ginger ale to mix with it.
I just finished your excellent article about your Aunt Doris and the baking you learned from her. It was so heartwarming to read. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon braids first!