Gathering sea beans, a.k.a. Salicornia and glass wort, is a very satisfying foraging project. They're easy to spot, easy to pick and easy to cook. Well worth it. The salty crunch works wonders on clam sauce with linguine.
This tangy, clove- and cinnamon-infused relish is a tangle of colorful strips of bell and jalapeno peppers, sweet onions and sun-dried tomato. Great on on pork and lamb, amazing with savory stews like picadillos and tagines.
Mustard de Provence: creamy spicy with sun-dried tomato; Preserved Lemon with garlic. Both super duper easy, and this includes advice for the basic soak and grind technique. The possibilities are endless.
Wild blueberries from the freezer case work just dandy in this jam recipe with mango. The secret ingredient is a bit of spice: ground coriander and cinnamon make enhance the blueberry flavor without making the jam taste weird. Mango for lusciousness.
A glowing ruby red relish is perfect for the holiday table and gift giving. Red pears, pomegranates (with nifty video!), cranberries, red onions and red pepper make it -- you guessed! Crimson Christmas relish.
Sour cherries meet their soul mates, tart beach plums. The beach plum jelly base thinkens the cherry jam. The cherries are left whole for a delux presentation. Low sugar pectin keeps things from getting too tame. It's good.
Classic bread and butter pickles get a spicy upgrade with the addition of sliced jalapenos. This is a subversive pickle -- the heat is masked by the sugar and vinegar at first, but soon the secret comes out. Hot Stuff Baby Tonight!
Letting the cream go sour adds a welcome, mild funkiness to this homemade butter. This recipe hearkens to European-style butters where flavor is something to be desired, not obliterated as it is under USDA guidelines.