Lately, I have been finding great deal of comfort in cooking and sharing food. In the last couple weeks, friends have had babies, while others have experienced the unexpected loss of loved ones. Other dear ones are feeling disheartened and angry at the policies coming out of Washington and have needed the solace of a communal meal. I’ve made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, pots of chicken soup, loaves of bread, and vast casseroles. In these times, it often feels like there’s not much we can do, but wholesome, homemade food is always healing. Now, links.
- I’ll be publishing the January Mastery Challenge round-up on Tuesday, but here are a few marmalades that caught my eye from early on in the challenge. Vanilla citrus marmalade. Cara meyer marm.
- Strawberry pate de fruit.
- Cherry port jam.
- Rhubarb pineapple balsamic shrub.
- Meyer lemon relish.
- Candied jalapeno slices.
- A kimchi recipe that captures the flavors of the tasty store bought kind.
- Pickled turmeric eggs.
- Basil lime pickled radishes.
- Musings on using up marmalade.
- I love Mike’s Time Lapse Tuesday videos (they’re hypnotic) and particularly liked this one in which he makes Laurie Colwin’s lentil soup.
- I recently started maintaining a sourdough starter again lately and am definitely going to make these herb sourdough crackers to use up some of the excess starter.
- If you live in the Philadelphia area and are free on February 21, you should come to the dinner and a movie event that Tenaya and Andre Darlington are hosting at Martha in celebration of their new book, TCM’s Movie Night Menus. It should be a very good time.
We’ve got winners in the Biscuit Press giveaway from last week! I’ll be in touch with the winners in the next day or so. If you didn’t win but loved the Biscuit Press gear, support a small business and buy a pin, patch or magnet!
And check back tomorrow, when I’ll have another tasty giveaway for you all!
Thanks for the link, babe.
Cooking and taking care of each other is all we really can do, right?
it’s interesting that you said you’re working with a sourdough starter. For the past 3 days, I’ve been looking for a spot warm enough to start my own starter. Everywhere seemed too cold or too hot. I think I’ve come up with a solution. Using my slow cooker on the keep warm function, sitting atop a folded kitchen towel. Once I start discarding the excess starter, I’ll make the Herb Sourdough Crackers!
Jo-Ann, keeping starter warm in the winter is tough. I let my starter sit on top of a radiator most of the time and that seems to do the trick. When I am making dough, I often use a heating pad set on low and let my dough rise on that!
Would the above Strawberry Pate de fruit recipe be considered the same thing as a fruit paste? Or is it considered something different? If it si the same I am keeping it on my project list for when we get to the December Challenge.
It’s more of a candy than anything. But if you made it for the fruit paste challenge, I’d totally accept it.
Thanks for the shout out Marisa! People have really been bringing their all this month – everything everyone is making is incredible. Definitely an inspiring challenge, and I look forward to the rest of the year’s projects as well. At the very least, it’s something productive to focus on, and being productive and making food to share is always comforting for me.
I am very happy with new direction coming out of Washington as are my friends, neighbors and family. It is the lies from the media and the left (but I repeat myself), protests and riots that we find disturbing.
Thank you for linking my Cherry Port Jam … that one sure is a winner and so versatile with many uses from savory to sweet.