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10 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Jam and Marmalade

Jam maker Rachel Saunders wants you to think beyond toast and English muffins. The founder and owner of Bay Area-based Blue Chair Fruit stopped by the Cooking Channel offices recently and gave us a taste of her artisanal jams and marmalades. She also shared this Top 10 list of favorite ways to eat her addictively delicious jams.

1. In a Tart Shell: One of my favorite things in the whole world is Italian crostata, which in its most classic form is a simple jam-filled tart with a dry, cake-like crust. I especially love this with orange marmalade inside.

2. In a BLT: We often make mock BLTs using our tomato jams and tomato conserves. The combination of sweet tomato and smoky bacon is irresistible!

3. With Scones and Clotted Cream: One of my most decadent treats is classic English scones with clotted cream and our Apple-Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Usually, people think of jam with clotted cream, but I think a delicate marmalade is even more luscious.

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Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen

Fig jam with fennel pollen, yogurt cheese, pickled figs.

Abundance is the mother of preservation. My friend Amy found herself in possession of a very large quantity of figs, more than any rational human could possibly manage to consume, so I happily took a few flats off her hands. Fig jam, after all, is my absolute favorite.

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Canning: Pickles, Relish and Jam

The Finished Product Cucumber Jam, Pickled Squash and Hot Pickle Relish

I’ve always been intrigued, if a bit intimidated, by the canning process. My parents stopped canning when I was about waist-high, so while I dreamed of having a root-cellar (yes, I live in an apartment, but, hey, it’s my dream) full of canned goods, I’d never actually canned anything.

So when my friend (and canning aficionado) Margaret came home from a vacation to a two-wheelbarrow crop of cucumber and squash, I was thrilled to help her put it all up (and get half the results).

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Sifted: Creative Crostata, Port Blueberry Jam, Wino Cows

Cardamom Apricot Pistachio Crostata by Faycat, *The Passionfruit*

Cardamom Apricot Pistachio Crostata by Faycat of *The Passionfruit*

Linkage we’re liking:

* Apricot, Pistachio, Cardamom Crostata Heaven [*The Passionfruit*]
* Blackberry, Blueberry Port Wine Jam — Sip, Savor or Spread? [ShowFood Chef]
* Tipsy, Vino-Loving Cows = Better Steaks??! [The Vancouver Sun]

What are you preserving, jamming or pickling right now?  Share below…

FoodCrafters: Sweet!

Sweet Revolution Caramels -- FoodCrafters

Sweet Revolution Caramels -- FoodCrafters

Just got a look at the latest episode of FoodCrafters and it’s looking pretty sweet.  Taste hunter and host, Aida Mollenkamp definitely has an eye for outstanding-looking treats in this episode…

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