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In a pickle or a jam


I've been keeping busy lately in the kitchen. I've filled nearly every jar with something, so I guess it's about time to quit. 🙂 Rob has reminded me that he thinks I've been having a lot of fun, and it's true. I have canned some of the tomatoes plain and also made some Tomato Jam and some Roasted Tomatoes. I found the recipe for the Tomato Jam over on Elizabeth's blog and was fascinated by the idea. I just made one batch, so far, and have it in the refrigerator. It is quite tangy and delicious. I found many directions online for making Oven Roasted Roma Tomatoes. I made a couple trays worth and have a few in the refrigerator and put the rest in a quart jar in the freezer.

Our fig tree has been producing a lot of figs this year and for some reason the birds are not bothering them too much. (It might be the three rubber snakes Rob put in the tree, although the first day he put them out near the berries he looked out the window to see a bird sitting on one and eating berries through the netting!) I've made several batches of this Spicy Orange Fig Jam which I posted about here.

We aren't big pickle eaters but I wanted to try a couple of recipes for refrigerator pickles. I tried this recipe for Tupperware Pickles. They were very good and I will be making these again.

I also tried a recipe for some refrigerator dill pickles which tasted good but aren't as crisp as I would like. It might have been the cucumbers which I used. They were about halfway between a pickling cucumber and a regular cucumber.

Anyway, that's what's been going on here in our kitchen lately.


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Spicy Orange Fig Jam


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Before I moved to South Carolina my only exposure to figs had been in Fig Newtons. One of our former neighbors had a large, beautiful fig tree that produced abundantly and she offered us some figs. I tried a few recipes using them, including one for fig jam. The jam was good but called for quite a few figs.

Fast forward a few years. We moved into our present home seven years ago and Rob has worked very hard "taming the land" and beautifying the yard by planting lots of flowers, some trees, and several varieties of berries. A couple of years ago he planted a fig tree. This year was the first year that we got more than a handful of figs from the tree. It is still immature so we were able to harvest a small bowlful every few days. Fortunately I was able to find a delicious way to use them. I found this recipe for Spicy Orange Fig Jam on the Simply Recipes website. It is a great recipe for using just a small amount of fruit and you make the jam in the microwave, so it is quick and easy. I would like to try this technique using other fruits in the future. Since there are just two of us here for most meals small batches of jam are just perfect!

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If you have time I think you might enjoy checking out the Simply Recipes website. I have tried several of the recipes there and haven't been disappointed. The directions are clear and there's a picture of every recipe.

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Becka


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