Cardamom Pear Butter

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As is the case much of the time, the story of this recipe begins with a produce bargain (my shopping vice). Bags of perfectly “imperfect” late season Bartlett pears, their yellow-green skin blushing to red, with juicy-sweet flesh underneath.

I do this every year with both Bartletts and Boscs. And every year, after all possible ways of eating them fresh are exhausted, the final few get to hang out in the spa. Lucky them, luckier us.

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Kitchen Scraps to Homemade Stock

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Happy 2017!

At the start of every new year, I make it a goal to refresh the kitchen. Refrigerator, freezer, pantry — no drawer or door is left unopened. It’s cathartic to give everything a good cleaning, all the while taking inventory of what needs to be replaced or replenished.

Always at the top of my list, though I make it many times throughout the year, is a big pot of rich homemade stock. Not only is this liquid gold cheaper and better tasting that store-bought, it feeds into another of my goals, to reduce food waste.

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Sauerkraut 2.0: Red Cabbage with Bay and Fennel

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A fermentation follow-up to my caraway sauerkraut. Red cabbage instead of green, fennel seeds instead of caraway, with a couple dried bay leaves slipped in for contrast.

Again, it couldn’t be simpler — shred the cabbage, massage in some salt, mix in the herbs, transfer to a jar. In as few as two to three days later, sauerkraut! And this updated version, well, just look how lovely. Fantastic flavor, and blood-red in time for the spooky fun holiday in less than two weeks.

Red cabbage sauerkraut

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Oven-Dried Tomato Slices

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Popping in today with simple summery trick for you.

Of the ten tomato seedlings I raised, only one survived into adulthood — a yellow pear that, like every other tomato planted in this garden over the years, woefully underperformed. Fortunately, the market doth provide. In this instance, it provideth too much, and where ripe tomatoes are concerned, time is of the essence.

Tomatoes with greens, in omelets, on pizza in slices or as homemade sauce, eaten in thick wedges with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. They’re all on heavy rotation, but I wanted to try a new technique: oven-drying. Great to make the most of a windfall of beautiful, ripe summer tomatoes, but also to improve the dull taste of those not quite ripe, or even those purchased out of season that travelled a long, flavor-sapping distance to the supermarket.

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Strawberry Chia Seed Jam with Lemon Balm

Eat Well Edibles Grow Well Recipe

From April through June I marvel at the quantity of strawberries that pass through our kitchen. Some don’t even make it that far — enjoyed in the warm sun straight from my raised bed or the perfect mounds at the berry farm.

May is apparently National Strawberry Month, and the celebration is clearly well underway here. As we polish off the last of this year’s harvest, eaten fresh or frozen to restock the freezer (see my tips on successfully freezing fruit), the less than perfect “jam berries” become many pints of preserves.

Frozen strawberries

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