Every so often, I forget how to blog. I realize that that might sound like a strange statement from someone who has been writing on the internet on a near-daily basis since 2005, but it’s true. It most often happens when I go out of town, when I go through a really busy period of working on other projects, or when I stop cooking on a regular basis. Recently, it’s been a combination of all three.
But I’m home for at least a month now, the pace of my other work feels manageable, and recent trips to the farmers market have me feeling inspired to cook. My head feels clear and the words are flowing. Let’s read through some links!
- Sakura strawberry jam (for those not in the know, sakura are cherry blossoms. They’re used in their pickled form in this recipe, which simply doubles the pleasure for an avid preserver).
- Tiny batch strawberry rhubarb jam (just a little batch for the fridge!)
- Mulberry and lime jam (the trees are dripping with mulberries right now)
- Jammy rhubarb with ginger (get the pink stalks for a pretty color)
- Dill relish (July 4th IS just a couple weeks away)
- Garlic scape relish (for those times when your relish needs to do more than go on hot dogs)
- Quick pickled peppers (I’m hearing good things about this year’s pepper harvest)
- Pickled spruce tips (chances are good that I’ll never make these, but I love the idea of them)
- Celery shrub (sounds just weird enough to make me think it must be delicious)
- Dorie’s marmalade loaf cake (because you probably have some kicking around after the January challenge)
- Jam cocktails (a very delicious way to put your preserves to work)
- Chocolate nut butter (click through to watch the video. It’s charming)
Last week, I offered up a copy of Fiery Ferments for giveaway. The winner of this fabulous book is #5/Ryan G. Congratulations Ryan! And for those of you who didn’t win, check back in soon. I have a number of terrific giveaways coming up in the next few weeks.