Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
A really good cocktail has layers of flavors — an infused simple syrup can create complexity, if you do it right.
These little Mandarin Orange segments are super easy to can yourself at home. Considering what they cost to buy in the grocery store you might actually save money doing it yourself.
With a couple of fingers of rosemary and a lemon from the garden, Rosemary-Lemon Simple Syrup is a breeze! Use it to make an elegant, grown-up snow cone: Rosemary-Lemon Shaved Ice!
Basil is abundant in the garden now! Infuse it into an elegant simple syrup and play with it in several different ways -- drizzled over fresh berries, to sweeten homemade lemonade or tea, in a smoothie, to spark a cocktail or even over poundcake.