Posted in and sauces, Canning, Gardening, Home Food Preservation

Bumbleberry Jam



As the spring season ushers in warmer temperatures, I am focused on the blossomed plants that will soon produce ripe, succulent berries. My last year’s supply of Bumbleberry Jam is running low so I am hopelessly awaiting the opportunity to pick fresh berries and the prospect of an abundant canning season. 

There is nothing sweeter than a freshly baked scone or a slice of whole grain bread slathered with creamy butter and a heaping scoop of Bumbleberry Jam.  We also enjoy pairing the jam with a hearty helping of extra crunchy homemade peanut butter to assemble the classic PB&J.  Oh, it’s all so berry delicious!

Below you will find the link for this incredible jam.  Always remember that using a reputable source for canning recipes is imperative.  Some of these sources include the National Center for Home Food Preservation, University Extension Websites, and Ball or Bernardin Recipes. These organizations have thoroughly tested recipes making sure to focus on food safety guidelines.  

It’s relatively simple to make jam.  Follow the directions exactly as written and you’ll end up with a safe, delicious product.  Most jam recipes require an abundance of crushed berries…

Then you’ll often need some pectin and sugar…



You’ll need a large pot to mix all of your ingredients together according to the directions…



After processing the jars in a water bath canner for the recommended time, you’ll let the jars sit to cool for 12-24 hours…



The Bumbleberry Jam recipe can be found here:

http://www.bernardin.ca/recipes/bumbleberry-jam.htm?Lang=EN-US

Ball has a recipe for Mixed Berry Jam that tastes delicious as well.  Here is the link:

https://www.freshpreserving.com/mixed-berry-jam-%7C-mixed-berry-recipes—ball-fresh-preserving-br1276.html



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Posted in and sauces, breakfast, Brunch, Food, glazes, Main Dish

Lazy Day Eggs Benedict

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Saturday morning and what to make for breakfast… The weather has turned cool and the sky is filled with rain threatening clouds. Everyone heads into the family room, staking their claim in a comfy position to relax and enjoy a lazy morning with nothing on the calendar. These days are few and far between…work, school, and sport schedules seem to dictate the agenda seven days a week. This weekend we are free to do as we like.
I can’t believe that the month of July is coming to a close. Soon we will be buying school supplies and everyone will be headed back to school. My heart is heavy as I think about our first child heading off to college this year…How will we manage without her? This will be a difficult transition for me…I will miss her so.
This morning, as I searched the refrigerator for ingredients to make a family breakfast. I pulled out fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, eggs, and bagels. As I set things out on the counter, I realized that I had enough to make one of my favorite breakfast items, Eggs Benedict. I usually use English muffins for the base but only had bagels this morning. This is my homemade version of a true breakfast classic.

Lazy Day Eggs Benedict

3 English muffins or bagels, sliced in half
6 slices of lunch meat ham or or Canadian bacon
Scrambled Eggs
Hollandaise Sauce

Scrambled eggs

6 eggs
3 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and water using a fork. In a non-stick skillet, pour in the eggs; stir constantly as they cook. Remove the eggs to a plate when they are set, but still moist. Do not over cook. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Hollandaise Sauce

3 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a blender, combine the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce. Cover, and blend for about 5 seconds. Set the blender on high speed, and pour the melted butter into the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream until thickened. Pour mixture into a sauce pan to cook through. Set on low heat until ready to serve.

Putting it all together…
Lightly toast 3 English muffins or bagels (6 halves). Assemble by placing a piece of ham or Canadian bacon on the muffin or bagel. Top with a generous amount of scrambled eggs. Spoon warm hollandaise sauce over the eggs. Salt and pepper to taste.

Posted in and sauces, Food, Main Dish

What’s For Dinner?

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There’s something to be said for getting a quick meal on the table after a long day at work. The trick is in making sure that it is a relatively healthy meal that can be prepared with little time or effort.
Today, at about 1:30 pm, I got a text from my daughter M asking the age old question…”What’s for dinner?” My answer was short… “We’ll see when I get home”.
When I arrived home, I quickly scanned my storage freezer and noticed a large bag of frozen ravioli some homemade meatballs and a package of bread sticks. I grabbed them and headed to the pantry. Here, I found some seasoned, diced tomatoes and a jar of prepared pasta sauce. In the produce drawer of the refrigerator sat a few vegetables to add to the sauce…onion, carrot, and celery. Quick as a wink, I had the water boiling, the knife dicing the vegetables to add flavor and texture to the prepared sauce, and the breadsticks in the oven. K and M decided that a passion fruit smoothie was in order so they dumped Greek yogurt, Orange/Mango juice, and frozen passion fruit into the Ninja blender for a refreshing beverage. Yesterday’s leftover salad fixings made a comeback and all was well as we gobbled up our creations.
Now…what will I make for dinner tomorrow?