I grew up in Southern California in a house surrounded by acres of citrus trees and an incredible assortment of other fruit trees and berry bushes: pomegranates, persimmons, saucer peaches, macadamia nuts, kumquats and loquats, avocados, tangerines, black mission and kadota figs and more. I helped my mother gather fruit when it was ripe and fragrant for the extraordinarily tasty jam that she would carefully cook to fill jars that would serve us for the year, or until the next batch of perfectly ripe fruit was ready to pick.
When I began traveling, my search and discovery of jams of other countries became a preoccupation. Following the scent of raspberries in a hill-town in Southern France, I found a small group of women stirring fruit in large copper pots and ladling exquisite, deep crimson, steaming “confiture” into lovely little jars with hinged lids; in Shanghai, I had the most delectable shiny bright orange apricot jam made by a transplant from the Netherlands; and in Cuzco, Peru, I enjoyed a fruit jam that is still a mystery today – but lingers in my mind as simply delicious!
I like to get creative and use my jams for more than toast. I make an intensely flavored glaze for chicken, duck and ribs from the Apricot Orange and Peach Ginger jams, a breakfast smoothie from the Strawberry Rhubarb or Raspberry Lime Rickey and a number of other dishes to fit the mood and the day. And I especially like pairing them with cheese. I invite you to do the same – and let me know how they turn out!
Bonnie’s Jams have been featured in the following publications and broadcasts:
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Tasting Table Buy the Farm
Harrods Top 10: March 2016
House Beautiful Small Wonders
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feast on Brilliant
edible Boston Bonnie's Jams
edible Feast Artisan Holiday Gifts You Can Order Online
At Home in Arkansas Good Morning!
Culture Magazine Bonnie's Jams and Chocolate Cheese
Oprah's Favorite Things Perfect Holiday Hostess Gifts
Foodies of New England The Essence of Fruit and Sunshine
The Tasting Panel Small Batch, Good People
Woman's Day Magazine Fun Hostess Gifts $20 and Under
Yankee Magazine New England's Finest: In Good Taste
Boston Herald Jam master Bonnie
New York Times A Taste of Summer
WBUR Public Radio Kitchen Q & A With Bonnie Shershow
The Boston Globe Berry time, slightly delayed
The Washington Post Winter, the Perfect Time for a Jam Session
The Boston Globe Meyer lemon and Cara Cara orange marmalade
Cambridge Community TV The Zen of Jamming
Food & Wine 12 Incredible Edible Holiday Gifts
Boston Magazine July 2006: Pump Up the Jam
The Daily Meal Summer Fancy Food Show Highlights and Trends
Bklyn Larder Interview with Bonnie Shershow
Zester Daily A Sweet Apple Chutney with a Spicy Twist
The Garum Factory Thumbprint Jam Cookies
Serious Eats Sweet Finds: Spotlight on a sweet treat.
Marcus Samuelsson Try These Five Delicious Artisan Jams
Food on the Food My Cheesy Valentine
Brooklyn Forager January Can Jam
Wicked Tasty Harvest Holiday Gift Guide
Cake and Commerce Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Jam
simplepretty Bonnie’s Jams
Daily Candy Bonnie's Jams: For when your meat is bare.
Food on the Food Serendipitous Cheesecake
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