Cool Stuff – Sauces & Condiments

Orange Marmalade

Today I’m going to share my recipe for orange marmalade with you, but I have a special twist that you may want to consider — use blood oranges! Blood oranges, which are in season in the winter months, lend this marmalade a dark-red or deep-orange color, and a wonderful bitterness to balance out the sweet. If blood oranges aren’t available, Seville oranges have a bitterness and pectin that will work […]

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How to Smoke Salt

Last week we smoked ground beef and today we are smoking… salt! I find myself using more and more flavored salts these days–I have ramp salt, and all sorts of smoked salts, and even one specifically for apple pie desserts! But despite how fancy these salts may seem, it is very easy to make your own smoked salt rather than buy it. Smoked salts are expensive at the store and […]

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

I’m so excited for Anjuli to share this amazing recipe for roasted tomato sauce with us today… this secret ingredient technique has my mind spinning, I CANNOT wait to try it! Take it away, Anjuli! – Georgia This year my tomato patch and I have had a very love/hate relationship. It is mid October and, while I am now cleaning plenty of perfectly green tomatoes off the vines in preparation […]

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Lemony Fig Jam

I live for figs, and August is the peak of fig season. As I write this I’m on my way out the door to meet an urban farmer who has an oasis of figs for me to pick. I heard about him and knew I had to meet him. I’ve been looking through my fig recipes as a result and found my Lemony Fig Jam recipe that I’m going to […]

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Sage Sugar

When I talked to you a few months back about how to preserve your own herbs, I focused on the basics of drying, freezing and heating. But there are a few more glamorous ways to do it that turn the herbs into an instant culinary treat, for example this sage sugar. This makes a wonderful gift in an attractive jar and is versatile in the kitchen. Sprinkle it on hot […]

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Classic Raspberry Jam

When I was a child and well into my teenage years, I used to proclaim myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds every late July so that I’d have enough berries to make jam. Eventually my dad began growing domestic raspberry bushes as well as blueberry bushes so it became a berry wonderland at Tulipwood. Many of the commercial jams you buy have large quantities of sugar in them […]

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How to Make Tomato Water

Tomato water is a wonderful flavoring liquid to have in the kitchen. I used to make it all the time when I worked in professional kitchens, especially at the end of summer when tomatoes got ripe faster than we could eat them. Use it to dress salads, to drizzle over a toasted baguette or pasta, or toss into a room-temperature grain or bean salad. It is also wonderful in this […]

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Rose Petal Jelly

My third book “Modern Pioneering” was almost titled “How to Eat a Rose,” because I had a section full of recipes made from the various parts of roses. Did you know roses were edible? Many wild things are and we’ve just forgotten about them as generations have past. I think you will love my recipe for Rose Petal Jelly, it is very quick and easy and also beautiful. And it’s […]

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Peach Butter

This is the juicy peach time of year. Every market is overflowing with them and sometimes I wish I could bottle up that deep earthy sweetness that tastes like the height of summer. I think I have come pretty close with this recipe for peach butter. A few wise people in my life have taught me a lot about fruit. The late Jon Rowley, who I wrote about in my […]

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How to Make Sprouts

Last night, I harvested the kale I’m growing in the planter box I tried out this year. Since I didn’t have a lot of growing space this summer, I went with all sorts of containers, and I have to say it’s been rather fun to harvest jalapeños and tomatoes and radishes and herbs and now my second round of kale. I had nothing green to eat in the refrigerator last […]

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