Highbush Cranberry Apple Butter

Highbush cranberries aren’t really cranberries. They’re a robust shrub related to honeysuckle, and they grow wild in North America from Alaska to Newfoundland, crossing into some parts of the Lower 48. There’s even a rogue population in New Mexico. These berries are wonderfully glossy, almost luminescent, and their color is more rosy-orange than their namesake. But like cranberries, they are tart, pectin rich, and full of Vitamin C. [...]

Alaskamatic

Was it ridiculous for me to cling to my iPhone in the wilderness, when we were miles away from all things having to do with cell phones, wireless, and whatnot? I couldn’t help it. I’m just that attached to my Hipstamatic camera app.

The photo at the top is a little rainstorm sweeping [...]

Peach Jam With Pineapple Sage

This week, I emerged from the woods in Alaska with a pocket full of recipes for apples and cranberries, made on our two burner propane stove. Those recipes — a butter, a sauce, and a conserve — will be coming soon, but for now I feel lucky that I didn’t have time to post this peach recipe a couple of months ago. Here’s a quick look back to mid-summer, when my pineapple sage was in bloom and peaches from my neighbor Joanne were spilling across the kitchen counters, threatening to swamp anyone who got in their way. [...]

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