Monthly Archives

July 2011

  • neighborhood_plums_sm_2
    Preserves

    Neighborhood Plum Jam

    A week or so ago, I was bemoaning my lack of plums. I used to rent a house with the most gloriously productive Santa Rosa plum tree you could imagine. During my…

  • County Fair Entries || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Going to the Fair

    I felt subdued about entering my preserves in this year’s county fair. I’ll confess, my confidence was low. It may be because I did well last year — my first year —…

  • Quince_on_Egg
    Birds

    Mystery Solved

    Remember how we weren’t sure whether our King pigeon Yuzu was male or female, but were certain that Quince was a boy? (Even our expert pigeon veterinarian said so.) Well, look what…

  • Sugar-Free Cherry Blueberry Jam
    Preserves

    Sugar-Free Cherry Blueberry Jam

    Is there really such a thing as “sugar-free” jam? With all the sugar in the fruit itself, it’s technically impossible. But you can make jam without refined sugar. All you need is…

  • Apricot Cherry Jamsicle || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Jam on a Stick

    For the past few days, I’ve been experimenting with recipes for jams that don’t contain refined sugar — just crushed fruit, sweetened with concentrated fruit juice and jelled with Pomona’s Pectin. On…