Canning

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam | PDXfoodlove

Annnnd we’re back! It’s been a very busy week; the kind of week that means blog activities may have to take a backseat. Now I’ve been home for a couple days, slept a couple of 10-hour nights complete with afternoon naps to tack on a little extra, and I’m approaching productivity mode again. Thank goodness […]

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce couldn't be easier

Yes, I am posting a recipe for applesauce. If you’ve made it before, it might sound kind of silly to post a “recipe” for it. But if you haven’t, well, it might be a little mysterious. Exactly how much work goes into locking away the flavor of early fall for months to come? Almost none. […]

Strawberry Vanilla Rose Jam

Strawberry Vanilla Rose Jam

Ohai! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Possibly my longest time without a blog post in the two-and-change years I’ve been writing this blog. I’ve had a few things going on. First, we were gone for several days at my sister-in-law’s wedding in South Carolina. It was absolutely lovely. The wedding was perfect (my husband […]

How to Can Peaches

How to Can Peaches

Well, as I’m sitting in our home office this evening, I can tell that the end is nigh. It’s raining. Kind of a lot. Again. *cries* I don’t know if I’m actually going to get any tomatoes this year or if the ones on the vine will just spit and/or get covered in mold. Maybe […]

Cooked up on August 28, 2013

More like this: breakfast | canning | dairy free | dessert | DIY | frugal | fun | garden | gluten free | meatless | oregon | pantry | six ingredients or less | summer | Uncategorized | vegan | vegetarian

Scenes from the Portland Food Swap, Plus Tips for Newbie Swappers

Every time I get to go to one of these food swaps, I am always blown away by the skill and creativity of the home cooks in our Portland food community. This quarter’s swap featured a beautiful cake, several mustards, dill pickles, marinated chevre, zucchini soup, soft pretzels, artisan breads, curries, granola, salsas, sourdough and […]

Cooked up on August 7, 2013

More like this: canning | DIY | food swap | frugal | fun | oregon | pantry | portland

Marionberry Jam

Marionberry/Blackberry Jam

To say that marionberries are dear to the hearts of Oregonians is like saying that kids like pizza and ice cream: a total understatement. If something can be made with marionberries in this state, it will be done. Pie. Jam. Yogurt. Ice cream. Pancakes. And for the love of Portlandia, don’t call them “blackberries.” This […]

Blueberry Lime Jam

Blueberry Lime Jam

I am so happy to say that after about five weeks of living in the guest room, having work done on the house and a significant decimation of some savings, we have a beautiful new bathroom. I don’t want to jinx anything, because it still has to pass the inspection by the city, but it […]

Wine Jelly (Yes, it is boozy.)

Here’s another recipe from our canning session/food swap preparation last weekend! Per my friend Demarie’s suggestion, there will definitely be some adult PBJ’s happening. Seems like a fun small-bite appetizer to me – a slice of baguette, a swipe of peanut butter and a spoonful of booze jelly. The best part was, when we made […]

Cooked up on September 14, 2012

More like this: appetizer | boozy | canning | dips and spreads | fall | food swap | frugal | fun | six ingredients or less | spreads | under 1 hour | vegan | vegetarian

Field Report from the Portland Food Swap

I had such a great time at my first food swap that I accidentally shouted at my husband when I got home (with enthusiasm, not with anger). What a great time! I loved meeting so many local foodies and seeing what everyone has made! Brigette and I are already planning our offerings for the next […]

Cooked up on March 26, 2012

More like this: DIY | food swap | frugal | misc | pantry | portland

Adventures in Canning. Part I. I think.

So, a while back I canned some salsa. It was the most challenging thing I have done while blogging. I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to write about it. But I’m glad I did. Honestly, it’s not the best salsa in the whole world, but it does appear to be bacteria-free and […]

Cooked up on October 13, 2011

More like this: canning | CSA | fall | garden | summer | Uncategorized | vegetarian