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Learning to Preserve: Meyer Lemon Jelly with Vanilla

I have just a few short weeks to harvest, preserve and enjoy my Meyer lemons. This season I am sharing more of the bounty with friends and experimenting with new ideas.  First out of the gate is a Meyer lemon jelly with a hint of vanilla.  This a wonderful out of the ordinary jelly that

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Learning to Preserve: Easy Spicy Habanero Mint Jelly

The summer garden has come to an end.   The abundance of hot peppers is winding down too.  The peppers will continue to produce (albeit at a slower rate) until the first frost in December.  However,  I am finished for the season trying to preserve peppers, and this jelly was a nice end to a

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Learning To Preserve: Mango Chutney

Mango trees growing-up were abundant throughout south Florida.  Neighborhoods were filled with backyard trees that were 35-40-feet tall.  In the summer branches were heavy with hundreds of ripe mangoes.  Companies would often scour the neighborhoods and offer to buy the fruit directly from the tree, and then would bring in equipment to shake the tree

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Learning to Preserve: Jamaican Pickled Pepper Sauce

My friend brought me a jar of her homemade Jamaican pickled pepper sauce.   The timing was perfect. I was attempting for what seemed to be the hundredth time trying to learn how to prepare winter collard greens.  My last attempt included adding a bit of this pepper sauce to the pot of greens that

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Dirt to Table Experience: Fast Yellow Summer Squash and Mozzarella Quiche with Fresh Thyme

Quiche is an under appreciated dish that is simple to prepare with only a few ingredients.  Quiche provides combinations that are endless, depending on what you have on hand. You can dig through your leftovers in your refrigerator and pull together a quick meal that provides an excellent source of protein, and depending on how

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Dirt to Table Experience: Fried Green Tomatoes with a Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

The first time that I had ever heard the words “Fried Green Tomatoes” was the title of the 1991 movie that I absolutely loved.  This was the beginning of my point of reference.  My mind opens and begins to expand around this often viewed southern dish (which is served up in northern states too). Fast

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