Archive for June, 2011

June Berry Love

Here is a short list of things I love particularly in June:

1. Organic produce.

2. Friends with extra organic produce who share it with me (thanks Cyndi!).

3. Strawberries.

4. Food in jars.

5. Strawberry jam in jars.

This small-batch jam was made by tossing 3 cups of halved organic strawberries with 3/4 cups of sugar and letting it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, then dumping them in a pot with another 3/4 cup of sugar until they reached 220 degrees–with the juice of a whole lemon stirred in during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. I mashed the berries a bit before sealing them into 1/2 pint jars. It filled almost three.

Some fresh biscuits may now be in order…

This and a batch of pickled radishes were my last act in the kitchen until the middle of July. I’m headed to Michigan for a conference, immediately  followed by a camping/microbrew/winery tour/vacation down the coast of Lake Michigan back home to Elgin. Aided by the guidance of a dear foodie friend who left part of her heart in Grand Rapids, I hope to return with some bottles of wine, fresh inspiration, and maybe even some more strawberries.

P.S. Dan built trellises for the pole beans and cucumbers today. They look so good and are just in the nick of time! More on that later.