With small batch canning I am able to take care of that pile of carrots and create a fantastic garnish. These slightly sweet and quite spicy pickles work great on sandwiches, soups and curries, or as a side for any brunch that needs some extra kick.
An easy amplification of fall's favorite fruit: pears. "You can't buy that in any store!" is high praise indeed, so adding a mix of frangrant spices elevates homemade jam to top notch gift quality. The holidays are coming...
A simple crabapple jelly livened up with the spicy and aromatic star anise for an intriguing take on the traditional jelly that's just as happy to be nestled beside your poultry as it is atop your toast.
And you thought bacon was only a Western thing. Not so. The Chinese make all sorts of fantastic pork belly products, and this one, smoked with chile, cinnamon, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn, is one of the best.
A variant on a red wine pickled beet recipe from Linda Ziedrich's The Joy of Pickling. Rather than use her suggested ginger and cinnamon, we added my beloved nutmeg (CT native that I am) and some star anise.