Tag: jam

Nectarine Apricot Ginger Jam: Spicing Things Up!

Nectarine Apricot Ginger Jam: Spicing Things Up!

Tommy’s jam kitchen is a jammin’ this summer, and with a fresh box of Washington State stone fruit beaming before me (courtesy of my friends at Sweet Preservation), the time is nigh to come up with something a little different for my pantry shelf and […]

Boxing Day and Leftover Love

Boxing Day and Leftover Love

My friend Amy wrote, “Ah, December 26, my favorite holiday of the year.” It made me chuckle, but also confirmed a truth about what many of us feel after the holidays: a sense of relief and a return to normalcy. The day after Christmas 2016 would […]

Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show

Farm to Photo: My First Photography Show

On the first Friday of each month, Vashon folk and a carload or two of intrepid off-islanders descend upon our small town to take in the latest art offerings. And this month, my friend Natalie, owner of Cafe Luna, was kind enough to grant me a wall or two in […]

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam Recipes: Five of My Favorites

Jam recipes near and dear to my spoon… This time of year my pantry shelves buckle under the weight of stacked empty jam jars. They glistened under the light of the single bulb on the ceiling, and call to me, “Tom, Tom, get a move-on; […]

Figs in a Jam… Fig and Ginger Jam

Figs in a Jam… Fig and Ginger Jam

Happy Couple: Fig and Ginger JamFig and ginger jam: too delicious and simple not to make I’ve had a life of traveling. Some voluntary (Buon giorno, Firenze!) Some involuntary. (“Tommy, get in the car.”) No matter where the destination, I do try to find delight […]

Preserving Tips: How to Thicken Jam

Preserving Tips: How to Thicken Jam

Countdown to ecstasy… The goal: Jam that drops from a spoon but stays on a biscuit (at least until I eat it, which is usually less than T minus ten seconds). As a jam maker from way back, I never really embraced commercial pectin. This […]

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Store-Bought Jam

Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Store-Bought Jam

Jam First Responder: Nancy to the rescue, jars in hand. Yesterday, I pondered the absence of jam in my pantry. Today, a goddess named Nancy, traveled down the Westside highway (her chariot a full-size flat bed truck) to bestow a coveted cache of delicacies on […]

Strawberry Rhubarb: The Fred and Ginger of Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb: The Fred and Ginger of Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Romance in a Jam In the world of preserves (and pie), spring’s star couple is strawberry rhubarb. One’s sweet, one’s sour, both show up in the garden or market at the same time, and their textures are different enough to keep the end result […]

Too Much Rhubarb = Too Much Good Jam

Too Much Rhubarb = Too Much Good Jam

Our unseasonably cool summer (okay, late spring) has left my tomato starts and basil shivering in their beds, drooping from a low-temperature hangover. This, while my garden’s leaf master, rhubarb, stands tall, beaming under the cloudy, inclement skies of a Puget Sound marine layer, bulking […]