I am in the home stretch of the writing process for this new book of mine (it’s 100+ micro batch recipes organized by seasons. I think you guys are going to like it). It’s getting harder and harder to focus on anything beyond the words required for that project. Please forgive me if posting gets a little light over the course of the next three weeks.
A bunch of links from around the internet:
- Fermentation wisdom from the king of kraut, Sandor Katz.
- Citrus-infused vinegar for homemade cleaners. I wish I’d been doing this with my clementine peels all winter!
- Solid advice on managing the flow home preserved foods (taking into account variable seasons and changing tastes!).
- Rangpur lime preserves with honey and chile and the beauty of canning bloggers looking out for one another.
- Since giving up refined sugars, Shae from Hitchhiking to Heaven has been on a roll. Last week, she made a citrus aigre-doux with honey and this week, a blueberry and honeyed apricot jam.
- Grapefruit in ginger mint syrup. Sounds glorious!
- Grapefruit and bergamot jam. I can only imagine how fabulous the bergamot is with the sweet grapefruit!
- Homemade maple cream. It is essentially an emulsion of maple syrup and butter. There is no way for that to be bad.
Some of the things I’ve written elsewhere recently:
- This flourless chocolate cake is divine and totally different from the one I typically make. It’s lighter and is ever so slightly meringue-y. I will be making it again.
- This chicken thigh and squash stew (I subbed in sweet potatoes, because they were what I had) was one of the best things I’ve made recently. It did not float Scott’s boat and so ate the entire potful on my own. It was not a hardship.
- I loved this potato and zucchini pancake. If you subbed in matzo meal for the bread crumbs, it would be perfect for Passover.
- This steamed chicken was one of the most moist, tender birds I’ve tasted in recent memory. Next time I want to make chicken salad, this will be my initial preparation.
- Oats! Three of my favorite recipes that involve rolled oats or oat flour. The Banana Pecan Bars are particularly fantastic.
Now it’s time for the Cozy Family jar cozy giveaway. We’ll have five pattern winners and one of the pattern winners will also get two of the pre-made cozies. And the winners of the pattern are #26 (Jan D), #61 (Brittany), #101 (Emily M), #135 (Amy), and #260 (Mischa).
I used random.com a second time to select the cozy winner from our five pattern winners. It selected #3, which corresponds to set 3, which is #135, which is Amy (it sounds convoluted, but I just want to make sure it’s all fair). I will be in touch with all of the winners soon to sort out prizes. Thanks!