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Orange Marmalade

Tweet I feel quite blessed to have several citrus trees in the yard. There is one prolific lemon tree directly out the kitchen french doors, literally within arms reach, bearing an abundance of fruit. I have a pair of grapefruit, three oranges and a lime tree, that although it looks pretty, has never produced a […]

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Roasted Balsamic Onions

Tweet Not only is this a great condiment to have on hand in your own refrigerator, it ‘s also a wonderful, thoughtful gift any time of the year. Because it’s so versatile, I often make a double or triple recipe when I know I’m going to be super busy. ¬†This allows me to be able […]

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Italian Prune Preserves

Tweet Once upon a time, Santa Clara County was the largest fruit district in California. In 1919, 98,152 acres were planted in fruit trees. The majority were prune trees (7,652,000), next was apricot (665,000), peaches came in third (482,000) and 385,000 were cherries. Not surprisingly, the county was also the largest canning and packing district […]

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Raspberry Ricotta Tart

Tweet If you need another reason to make the fresh raspberry preserves, this is it. There are many times I need to come up with a last minute dish for guests and must forage through the pantry shelves and refrigerator for inspiration. With homemade preserves stashed in the freezer, ricotta¬†and a pie crust, (homemade or […]

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Raspberry Preserves

Tweet I haven’t done traditional canning in years. I much prefer recipes that do not require special equipment, take very little time to prepare and no hot-water-bath for the jars is required. This freezer recipe fits my definition of canning (especially during the hot summer months) perfectly. You can use canning jars, but any clean […]

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