Posts in the category: Jams

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote Recipe // @nicoledula

In honor of Beyonce’s album, Lemonade, I’m serving up this strawberry rhubarb lemonade compote that I would totally make for Beyonce if she came to my house. She’s veegz now, right? It’s sweet and tart with a lemony zing from long strips of lemon peel that soften as it cooks. While Beyonce is making us crave lemonade, I came across Tim’s anti-lemon zest manifesto that made me laugh and coincidentally had 3 recipes lined up that all included lemon. After far too much deep thought on lemons, I decided that for me,  lemon has its place. Even boldly mingling with strawberries and rhubarb… Continue reading

Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Butter

Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Butter // @nicoledula

Last year my CSA pumpkin was turned into this pretty stuffed pumpkin and this year I wanted pumpkin butter. I read about Stephanie’s Pear Quince Butter and her technique for caramelizing the butter in the slow cooker with vanilla bean was genius. Inspired, I was ready to make pumpkin butter magic. I have a large slow cooker and figured I’d need two pie pumpkins. My CSA farmer, Yvonne, generously gave me a second pumpkin after I told her what I was making and it just made my day. On a rainy Saturday morning I put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let… Continue reading

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies Recipe // Dula Notes

Cherries are a pretty big deal in Michigan. Traverse City has a huge cherry festival every year and yet, I only had access to sweet cherries my whole life. As a life-long Michigan girl, I owed it to myself and all of Michigan (uh…) to find some sour cherries. The search began two summers ago and I quickly found out it wasn’t going to be an easy task. Who could I give my Michigan credentials to and find the secret stash of tart cherries? Seriously. Last year, Meg and I went strawberry picking at an orchard nearby and I discovered that they… Continue reading

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Fool

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Fool // Dula Notes

On Saturday, I am helping host a bridal shower for my (future) sister-in-law, Meg. She’s the best and I want it to be perfect. Her Mom and I have emailed and talked and met up for months. Her Mom is super nice and easy breezy and I am armed with lists, graph paper and washi tape, so we make a good team. Tomorrow I have the day off from work and I will be crafting, baking and decorating. I want to take lots of pictures for you and I’ll try my very best. We’re planning some fun decorations and tiny… Continue reading

Lalo’s Famous Cookies or Gwyneth Paltrow Cookies

Goodness, I love a good thumbprint cookie. One of the first things I ever baked was the classic all-butter thumbprint cookie with the jelly center. The best part was making the little well and filling it with jelly. My Mom always insisted on using raspberry jelly with seeds and now for me, too,  it is my thumbprint filling of choice. These thumbprint cookies are all grown-up. They have barley flour, ground almonds, no butter and no refined sugar. They are vegan, even. Now, if I make something that is more health-conscious, I don’t like shouting it from the rooftops when… Continue reading

Creamy Rice Pudding with Strawberry Jam

Of all of the beautiful pictures and recipes in my Jamie at Home cookbook, this bowl of strawberry swirled rice pudding made the biggest impression. I love the rustic aesthetic of his photos in general, but this bowl of comfort was garnished with tiny wild strawberries and crushed meringue cookies. How can a girl resist? This may look like the kind of sweet dessert that will make your teeth ache, but Jamie dialed down the sugar in both the jam and the pudding. Depending on how ripe your strawberries are, you may want to taste (carefully!) for your desired sweetness… Continue reading

Turkey, Peppery Goat Cheese and Fig Jam Panini

I realize you are probably in the throws of Thanksgiving preparations (like me), but could I recommend this sandwich for your turkey leftovers? We had crusty whole wheat bread and Detroit Street Brick cheese leftover from a recent trip to Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan and this panini was me not wanting to waste a single morsel. The Detroit Street Brick is an aged goat cheese studded with green peppercorns. It’s creamy with a little kick from the pepper. I am a big fan of the savory and sweet combination and quickly decided that fig jam would be added as… Continue reading

Peach Jam

I finally bought the home canning kit they sell at the hardware store. You know, the one I check out while my husband inspects the lawnmowers and grills. Canning is some sort of home cook rite of passage and I was ready to give it a shot. The following Saturday we went to the Farmer’s Market and came home with beautiful fresh peaches, okra (first time for that one) and pickling cucumbers for these. I had high expectations and wanted this jam to be bursting with peach flavor. I looked at the recipe in the Ball Blue Book Guide To… Continue reading

Recreating Oma’s Plum Jam

My Oma (German for Grandmother) was a wonderful lady. She emigrated to New York in 1953 when my mom was very young and the details of her life fascinate me. Oma didn’t speak much about her personal life because it was typical for a German woman of her generation to keep that part of her life very private. However, she was always happy and very  generous with hugs, kisses and tasty food. She passed away when I was a sophomore in High School and I still miss her terribly. My mom always says that I remind her of Oma and… Continue reading