Make your own flavor extracts for all your baking experiments or as gifts. Once you know how to make them you'll regret spending money on store bought stuff. Apply the same technique to make flavored liqueurs as well!
One hears of England's abundance of gooseberries time and again, but how often does one come across this elusive fruit here in America? Yet if one is in luck, one might find them at more progressive farm stands and this lovely jam is sure to follow.
A trip upstate a few weekends ago quickly turned into a raspberry picking spree after we saw a sign on the side of the road advertising U-Pick berries. I knew that a batch of jam was my first order of business.