From my earliest memories of family gatherings, duck was always the meal that signaled celebration. This is one of my favorite special occasion recipes.
I have always considered crepes the most elegant of dishes, whether as a dessert or as an over the top breakfast dish. For a dessert-type filling almost any flavor of jam will do, but I think strawberry is a perfect fit for Valentine's Day.
I love filling cookies with my jam. These cookies are particularly good for this treatment since the dough is just slightly sweet. The recipe calls for grinding nuts and mixing butter and sugar, filling the kitchen with sublime fragrances.
Do you feel that chill in the air? It can only mean one thing...
September hits and I am in the mood for a comforting PB&J or some variation. Of course, the filling has to be exquisite, not filled with sugar but recalling the memories of summer fruit. Enter: my jam. Black & Blue was a favorite in my own kids' lunchbox, after they had helped pick the berries and load the fruit into a pot earlier in the summer. The nutty part of the equation has expanded with the relatively new nut butters on the market.
Jammy Breakfast Bars are the perfect thing for a hectic grab-and-go morning: full of nutritious and tasty ingredients, and fun for kids to help make, too. Our friends at San Franola Granola (based in San Francisco, naturally) make tasty and healthy granola blends, full of heart-healthy fiber and packed with protein. Along with our zippy Peach Ginger jam, we've added an extra boost of chia seeds (full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids!) and energy-boosting dried dates for a Back to School breakfast bite that won't slow you down.
Last year, we teamed up with Bully Boy Distillers here in Boston, and some of our favorite local drinking establishments to bring you Jam Cocktails (A.K.A. #Jamtails, for the social-media-inclined): beautifully rendered craft cocktails by some of Boston's best 'tenders, featuring the luscious flavors of Bonnie's Jams.
This season, we're recapping some of our favorite jammy creations, and even bringing you a few more to enjoy. Without pectin, our jams are the perfect stand-in for superior quality fruit syrups—minus all that sugar. Our flavors meld beautifully with citrus, aromatics, and bitters. All that's left is waiting patiently for Happy Hour to begin!
To me, salsa has always conjured up sunny skies and beaches. When I was growing up in Southern California the two went together and both were in abundance. My garden and barbeque do not in any way replace a sunny beach but they do provide a pretty nice place to be on an early evening in Summer. My summer salsa is of the fruit variety and is both colorful and a scumptious addition to another summer favorite kebabs quickly grilled over hot coals.
I love a holiday or occasion that gives us permission to eat sticky, delicious food like chicken wings and ribs. The Fourth of July fits that description for me. Here in New England, after a long winter this holiday is one of the first opportunities to take a small grill or a hamper of already prepared foods —like these make-ahead Firecracker Hot Wings— and stake out a spot on a beach or in the park with family or friends and enjoy the feast.
Ah, summer: those long hours of daylight, clear skies, and balmy temperatures put us in the mood for kicking back with friends and family— usually around a table!
In anticipation of these happy seasonal gatherings, we think everyone should have a few go-to tricks to help keep things more fun than frantic. For a fail-safe start to any fête, we turn to the tried-and-true combination of fromage and fruit—dressed up just a little bit for the occasion. Enter: the elevated cheese plate.
Our Grilled Shrimp with Dijon-Apricot Orange Dipping Sauce is the perfect easy but laid-back treat for a cookout in the back yard, on the beach or to share with friends. Featuring a flaming grill, wooden skewers, and our sweet-spicy-tangy sauce, this recipe is practically Dad-proofed! Hand him a beer —maybe Magic Hat's apricot infused "not-quite-pale-ale" , or a summertime Beer Cocktail— and let him know what Father's Day really means.
I have always enjoyed salmon prepared with a souffle-like inside and a crispy outside, so I thought of a recipe with one of my jams that I knew would caramelize— giving the salmon that sought-after texture. I played around with a few versions and came up with this one that has become my favorite go-to salmon recipe.
So for all those naysayers casting aspersions on popular snack foods aimed at kids take a look at these. Actually a delicious tasting confection. Good dough and really good jam transforms this common food into something uncommonly tasty and tasteful.
Spring can't arrive fast enough for all of us here in New England. Slogging through this winter set us up to welcome any and every indication of Spring. For me one of the best is the arrival in the market of Spring lamb.
I love beginning the day with a really delicious jam. But I take even more pleasure in spreading the flavor into evening with a golden, glazed roast chicken. In almost any weather but especially when the air is chilly a bird roasting in the oven and filling the kitchen with warmth and good scents makes me very happy. Apricot orange jam is the basis for a pretty perfect glaze. Here is an astoundingly delicious and beautiful bird to grace your table and warm up the house for friends and family.
I love a really good roast fish dish and a touch of Apricot Orange jam makes this one sublime. A nice juicy hunk of white fish works best for me with a saute of vegetables to place on top and keep the juices inside the fish. This dish is almost as good as roast chicken on a cold snowy New England day.
Soup is the only answer to the holiday binging. And a vegetable soup must restore some semblance of health and balance. Right? Even without flax or Chia or any other supplemental nutrient? The vegetables are nutrients themselves – right? Sometimes size does matter. My friend Bob likes the vegetables in soup the size that Campbells soup dictated. I like them in chunks determined by my Eastern European heritage and grandparents who liked them looking hearty and meaty even though the meat was missing.
Did you notice that Thanksgiving is mostly white, brown, and beige? This year I am choosing to make the part of the meal that adds the spark of color.
The weather in Boston turned cold suddenly. I was under the happy illusion that we would continue with balmy summery days. Until now. So with apples at the farmer’s markets and a move towards baking mixing up some concoction to bake my haul from the market was a natural. And with jam on hand and my love of tree nuts I came up with a delicious sweet and warm baked apple.
A little decadence is a good thing. Keeps life interesting. But when I think about jam that word does not come into play. Until now.
I love surprises. Let me change that. I love good surprises. And when a surprise is food related I can’t say enough to cheer about it.
A crostata is one of the easiest —yet most impressive— desserts. In Italy, a crostata is served in the morning with coffee and sometimes at the end of the day for a late afternoon sugary lift.
I love getting great recipes that use my jams as ingredients!
This recipe reminds me of a Danish dish with lingonberries. Duck seems to demand sweetness and this Black & Blue jam adds a little complexity that works well when the duck is all crispy.
I made a sublime salad last night – try it!