Rhubarb Ginger Jam

Rhubarb Ginger Jam

As summer bids us farewell and the cooler weather of fall rolls in, I feel slightly bittersweet because there is less fruit available with which to can. The berries and stone fruits are gone for the year; now is the time to make heartier fare like apple and pear butters. For a brief time though, you can still buy rhubarb at the farmers markets in our area. Rhubarb tends to be a secondary fruit, a supporting actress if you will, but such needn't be the case. Here, it's the main event, buttressed only by sugar, some fresh orange juice and a bit of crystallized ginger. Enjoy! 

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Pepper-punch Plum Jam

Pepper-punch Plum Jam

Growing up in Louisiana, I came to love Tabasco pepper jelly. Spread over a Port Salut-topped cracker? Perfection! I also adore plum jam and wanted combine both  into a jam with the spice of the pepper jelly but the ease in making of the plum. This perfectly fits my bill. Love! 

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