Strawberry Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

It happens every February. Standing in line at my local produce market, buying a basket filled with local kale, potatoes and storage onions, I smell strawberries. At first I think I’m dreaming, until I glance to my right and see the display of red berries, shipped to the East coast from California or Mexico.

Knowing full well that those berries are bred for durability rather than flavor, I slip a container into my basket anyway. I’m ever hopeful that this will be the year that they’ll taste as good as they smell. [Read more…]

pint jar of orange cardamom curd

Creamy Orange Cardamom Curd Recipe

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

I was born in Southern California and spent my first nine years living in a little town called Eagle Rock. We had guava trees in the front yard and towering palm trees in the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the curb.

Nearby, my grandmother grew Meyer lemons and had a four foot high hedge of rosemary. Of course, in those days, I had no appreciation for absurd bounty that grew all around me. I longed for winter and days of heavy, deep snow.

These days, I’m quite contentedly tucked into a life in Philadelphia. We get more than enough snow to satisfy my longings, but in true grass-in-always-greener fashion, I miss the warm winters of Los Angeles and all that gorgeous citrus.

While I can’t beam all that sun my way, I can still get the citrus. I buy box upon box of those easy to peel clementines. I order Meyer lemons direct from Florida. And I make jars of Orange Cardamom Curd as an occasional treat.

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Honey-Sweetened Apricot Lavender Butter

Written by Marisa of Food in Jars.

As a canner, I feel obligated not to play favorites when it comes to fruit. How can you possibly prefer strawberries to cherries, or like peaches more than cantaloupe? Every variety of fruit has its individual charms and each deserves its moment in the seasonal spotlight.

However, there is one I’m always most excited to see each year.

Apricots.

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