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Home Canning and Preserving Recipe

Home Canning and Preserving

11.03.14 by Jackie

Because of the drought in California, we haven't been watering our fruit trees much. The good news is that it finally poured this weekend. I hadn't checked out our trees in a long time. So after the rain stopped, Aria, our puppy Earnest Tofu and I took a little walk in the garden. I was pleasantly surprised that--despite the lack of water--guavas were plentiful, with at least 6 to 8 pounds of luscious fruit waiting to be picked. I consider it a luxury being able to harvest anything during this dry period, especially the tropical flavorful jewels we were able to gather. I prepared guava jelly and will share the recipe tomorrow. 

In the meantime, I gathered a list of the preserves I've prepared in the past. Jam and jelly's role isn't only as a topping for bread and butter for breakfast. You can incorporate them in so many creative ways: for salad dressing, meat glaze, syrup for roasted vegetables and of course in sweets and drinks. Get inventive; it may inspire you to do more home canning and preserving!


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Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe Recipe

Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe

08.30.13 by Jackie

This fruity bread dessert is so delicious you won't believe it only requires 5 ingredients. No egg, no baking time and no more than 30 minutes prep time.

I cut black sesame and caraway Noor bread into small pieces and soaked them in hot fig preserves. Once the preserves were chilled, the cake jelled into one entity. I served the fig Noor bread cake with tangy crème fraîche for richness and pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the preserves. 

Last weekend, my good friend Laura, who's a jam expert, came over and picked 15 pounds of Black Mission figs in our garden. Aria and I helped gather as much fruit as possible so she could prepare her yummy fruit preserves. While selecting the ripe fruits, we chatted and Laura told me she would try a new technique.

The idea was to find a method that doesn't require pectin. To make the preserves, Laura started by combining water and lemon juice. After bringing the liquid to a boil, she stirred in sugar and brought the temperature to 250°F. Finally, she added the figs and vanilla beans and cooked the mixture at 220 degrees until jelled. 

I also have an announcement for this weekend. I'm going to be making a stop in Houston, Texas for an interview with Cleverley Stone on CBS Radio 650 AM at 10am Saturday. Tune in if you can, because a lucky listener will win a free copy of my cookbooks. Then I head to Barnes & Noble to sign my just released cookbook,Banh Mi, and my previous book, Haute Potato. Make sure you stay to sample a dish featured in Banh Mi! Hope you stop by and say hi! 


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Goat Cheese and Fig Crostini Recipe Recipe

Goat Cheese and Fig Crostini Recipe

11.09.11 by Jackie

We were lucky enough to be able to pick a lot of figs in our garden this year. We had so many, I made several kinds of fig preserves. One of my favorite ways to use fig preserves is to pair it with goat cheese and it just so happened that I received delicious goat cheese from Cypress Grove Chevre today. I spread the two ingredients on crostini for a nice contrast of texture and flavor. I grilled day-old baguette and smeared a layer of goat cheese. The warmth from the bread let the goat cheese ooze and become creamier. The last layer was the fig preserves. I have to admit this easy appetizer is my favorite snack. I love them and could eat a ton!

I have a little story that might sound silly to you but Cypress Grove Chevre goat cheese is very dear to my heart. I remember when I first got married, my husband Lulu surprised me and took me on the 17-mile drive in Carmel, which I had never seen before. I remember he prepared the most romantic picnic on the beach and fed me wonderful Cypress Grove chevre. I had never heard of the company before that picnic but the cute packaging and beautiful scenery has since made it unforgettable to me. The cheese is rich and creamy and absolutely captures what I love about French chevre. It is one of the few American-made cheeses I’ve had that rival its French counterparts.

Cypress Grove Chevre will be a part of our December giveaways, so be sure to check back for your chance to win. Doesn't that sound awesome?

Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe with Picture


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Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe Recipe

Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe

03.13.11 by Jackie

I've made several sweet and spicy preserves in the past and this is one of the many variations we made last summer. As I might have told you before, Lulu's favorite hobby after work is gardening. He takes such great pride harvesting the hottest chiles. He started them from seeds and grew them in those cool Jiffy greenhouses. We should be starting planting the seeds again in the following weeks.

Last August, we harvested jalapeño and Habanero chiles. I paired the spicy peppers with delicious apricot juice and made my own pepper jelly. The problem with canning and making so many experiments during the summer is that we have to store all the jars in the garage. The preserves taste much better if you let them sit for a few weeks so the flavors are at their fullest. By that time, we usually forget about them until we do a huge clean up! It just took us 6 months to find these 3 jars. I’m glad we did; this apricot pepper jelly tastes delicious!


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Chile Jam Recipe (Homemade Habanero Sauce) Recipe

Chile Jam Recipe (Homemade Habanero Sauce)

06.21.10 by Jackie

Last season, my husband Lulu harvested so many peppers from the garden that I had to make a lot of preserves to use them up. If you've been following me on Facebook, I didn’t get a lot of sleep over the weekend because of an over-dose of caffeine. I went on a cleaning spree to pass the time, and while I was tidying up, I found our last jar of chile jam. We used a combination of red Habanero (which is probably the spiciest chile you'll ever taste), red Thai chiles and a small red bell pepper to temper the heat. Still, this recipe will knock your socks off!

When Lulu and I first got married, I remember him calling me a wimp when it came to spicy food. I used to find black pepper spicy! But over the last 6 years, I've learned to enjoy it. I guess marrying into an Indian family helped numb my taste buds. For Father's Day, we held a contest on who would be able to stand eating intensely spicy cuisine. Daddy, my father-in-law, is an expert and of course, he won, but I was able to do better than the girls.

Daddy said the chile jam wasn't as spicy as he had expected but if you're not as tolerant of the heat, prepare a tall glass of milk on the side and enjoy with some toast.

Habanero Jam Recipe with Picture


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