Pomegranate Champagne Jelly

A few weeks ago, a very nice man from POM Wonderful contacted me and asked whether he could send me a free case of pomegranate juice. That made me laugh. Then it made me think. If you’d spent most of your life feeling that you were an irredeemable screw-up in the kitchen, then you discovered that not only did you love to make jam but that you were pretty good at it, that would be surprising enough. But to find yourself saying to a corporate outreach guy, “Yes, I would be delighted to have a free case of pomegranate juice . . . ” Well, you never do know what life is going to deliver to your doorstep, do you? [...]

To Oregon and Back Again

I drove to Portland this past weekend, and the photo above is what I thought the entire trip was going to look like — driving fast at night, trying to stay ahead of winter weather. It did look a lot like that and there were many things I wanted to photograph (an old [...]

Lowbush Cranberry Applesauce

I’ve had this simple recipe in my pocket since we got back from Alaska in September. At the end of August, we had a forest of lowbush cranberries (aka lingonberries) to pick around our cabin, but I thought I’d wait to post this until regular cranberries were available here in the Lower 48. Highbush, lowbush, or in between — if it walks or talks like a cranberry, you can toss it into applesauce to give it a little bit of tart and a whole lot of pink. [...]

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