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Southern Kitchen – Red Pepper Jelly

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A few weeks ago in the midst of our jam making, “The Hungry Southerner” let me borrow Thomas Keller’s latest book, Ad Hoc. While many cookbooks may give you some great recipes, this one will make you a better at-home cook.  The kitchen tips alone are worth the read.  One of the recipes I came across in the book was for Red Pepper Jelly, which my wife and I love.  My grandmother had given us some of her pepper jelly last time we were at her place, so I figured it’d be fun to do a little comparison between the two versions.

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Southern Kitchen – Pickling

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There was a period in the South where everyone knew how to jam, can, preserve and pickle.  Southerners knew how to preserve just about everything using all natural household ingredients and every home would have pantries stocked with jars of canned vegetables, fruits and everything in-between.  Learning how to pickle, or to brine, is very simple and doesn’t require any special tools.  The best part about learning how to pickle is getting to experiment with creating your very own Southern brine recipes.

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Southern Kitchen – Blueberry Lemon Preserves

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Encouraged by our “success” with the peach honey and inspired by an amazing deal on fresh blueberries, my wife decided our next endeavor would be Blueberry Preserves. Unlike the last time with the peaches, we felt like we were walking into things with a little experience under our belts. Armed with a bit of confidence, we chose Paula Dean’s blueberry lemon preserve recipe.

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Tuesday Wine: Spanish Reds for the Last Days of Summer

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Even though Summer’s coming to a close, there’s plenty of time left to fire up the grill.  We’re reviewed two Spanish reds this week to try and find a good accompaniments to an end-of-summer feast “a la parrilla”.  The first is a Red Crianza from El Coto in the Rioja region of Spain followed by a red table wine from Protocolo.

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A Yankee Vacation Recipe Guide

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Food has always been big part of my life. It is one of my greatest obsessions and a topic  discussed multiple times a day in my and my families household. A good example of this was when my mom secured our summer cottage in Cape Cod back in March, the first thing I said was, “When should we start making up the menu for the week?”

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Southern Kitchen – Georgia Peach Honey Preserves

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As we’ve noted before, ’tis the season for the farmer’s market.  It just feels right to get up Saturday morning and go buy fresh fruits and veggies from real people.  Problem is, sometimes I get carried away and buy a bit too much.  The tomatoes/peaches/cucumbers/etc are just too good to pass up when in season, and there’s only twenty one meals in a week.  The question naturally presents itself…..What am I gonna do with the twenty {insert produce here} I just came home with?   Answer- Invite a bunch of Hungry Southerner’s over to your house for a party…….or…..do a bit of canning, pickling, and preserving.

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Yankee Challenge: Chicken & Dumplings

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I have been searching through my grandmother’s recipes,  look for some family heirlooms.  It just so happens our friend Ashley over at  Ice Milk Aprons has us looking for something special (Project: Preserve The Blog).  During my search, not only did I discovered my Great Grandfather’s Cafe Chicken & Dumpling recipe but also this month’s Yankee Challenge. It’s time to pass down a soulful family Southern dish to our favorite Yankee cook.

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