Hands down, I give bell peppers the title of best summer veggie. They are so incredibly versatile, and are delicious raw, grilled, roasted or sizzled in a skillet! I use them year-round, but they are at their peak this time of year. That’s why I love canning them as Quick & Easy Hot Pepper Jelly to use later.
Over the weekend, as I stood in the middle of a berry farm with pink- and purple-stained finger tips—and three pounds of fruit on my arm—I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother. When I was little she used to take me on special trips to pick fruit and somehow even managed to keep me from eating more than a piece or two before we got home. Peaches, plums, berries—we picked ‘em all! Once we arrived in her kitchen, she would let me help her work her alchemy to turn this fruit and a few other simple ingredients into her own unbeatable classic summertime desserts. I still use her recipes at least a couple times a month all summer long (I’m the reigning queen of potluck desserts), but sometimes I want to switch it up just a little. So these are my favorite modern twists on the simple, traditional recipes I love. Cobbler, crisp, crumble, pie—the gang’s all here! I think grandma would be proud. Continue reading
If you’re buying a jar of jam at the store, you’ve already messed up. Traditional jam recipes can seem intimidating (two words: jar lifters), but with this genius method you can make flavorful strawberry jam in three steps and just 30 minutes. And that’s why I LOVE freezer jam. Continue reading