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Purslane and Pickled Strawberry Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Pickled fruit is not a new concept, but I don’t see it utilized nearly often enough. Heck, it’s not something I utilize often enough. Because pickled fruit, is, to put it bluntly, kind of awesome. Now, don’t confused pickled fruit with dill pickles. A ‘pickle’ is, technically, simply something (fruit or vegetable or otherwise) that...

Strawberry Jalapeño and Strawberry Basil Jam

In the past four weeks I’ve picked over 15 pounds of strawberries, nearly three gallons of ruby red goodness. From two different farms on two different mornings. I’ve made preserves and ice cream, salads and guacamole, and sprinkled them in my cereal every morning. I’ve stashed a few bags of puree in the freezer, and...

June Kitchen Challenge: Marzipan

I’ve lamented before on the lack of good quality marzipan here in the US. Usually I end up buying almond paste and thickening it as needed, because it actually tastes like almond. The marzipan you buy in the store is, more often than not, a rock-hard log of flavorless, chalky stuff that’s really a waste...

Apricots & Cream Thumbprint Scones

Scones are often, for lack of a better term, boring. And, unfortunately, there are a lot of bad scones out there. Dry, flavorless, chalky things that you can’t swallow without submersing them in coffee first. A sad thing too, because when you stumble upon a truly good scone, it’s as good on its own as...

Strawberry Guacamole

It started as a discussion trying to decide what kind of jam I wanted to make with all those strawberries. My friend Michelle asked if avocado strawberry jam was a thing. While I don’t think avocados are safe for home canning, the suggestion got my brain cogs spinning. Because strawberries and avocados together sounded kind...

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry season snuck up on me this year. In a good way. We’ve been so busy that I feel like my mind is a few months behind my body. I’m having a hard time remembering I need to wear shorts now and stop grabbing the winter scarves as I walk out the door. (Our trip...