Grapefruit Honey Jam . . . Or Is it Marmalade?

Grapefruit jam or marmalade sweetened with honey

At this time of year, citrus is rolling all over the Internet. Lately, I’ve seen lemons, blood oranges, and kumquats, kumquats, kumquats. I thought I’d better get my act together and write up this recipe before all the good grapefruits turn into strawberries, as they will before we know it. (You can see from [...]

A Family Tradition: Blanched, Butter-Roasted Almonds With Salt

Holiday Roasted Almonds

Yesterday, I made three pounds of buttery, salty roasted almonds. It’s a family thing — if a slightly complicated one. My biological dad’s mom taught my mom how to make them. My mom and dad split up when I was small, but my mom carried on the holiday tradition of making [...]

Holiday Plum Butter Sweetened with Honey

Plum Butter Sweetened with Honey

Last summer a friend gave me frozen plums. Enormous, icy bricks of purple, purple plums. They’d been tucked away in her freezer for quite a while, and she needed to clear them out in anticipation of moving. So this fall, when I haven’t had time to preserve a single thing, I’ve been opening [...]

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