Nothing says "My cranberry sauce is better than yours" when you've gathered the garnet-hued beauties from a wild bog. I'm telling you this now b/c it might take some research to find a bog you can comb through this fall. Worth it.
Tame the beast! Turducken, turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken, let's face it, not something you want to make yourself. My alternative: Turducken sausages slow-smoked over mesquite. Get your grinders going folks! Neat video to go with.
Here's a vibrant Asian-style dipping sauces that puts all others to shame. Fruity, sweet and tangy, this homemade version puts commercial offerings of "duck sauce" and dubious packets of yellow goo accompanying egg rolls and such shame.
I hate apple butter. What's with that vile color, that repugnant texture, that lack of apple taste? And the gravest sin of all, not sweet! Here's a jam recipe for bright apples wallowing in a lush, sweet caramelized apple puree.
Why double? Wild Maine blueberries combined with dried blueberries give this jam deep flavor and a delightful interplay of wiggly sweet smoothness and chewy bits of fruit. And who does't love a name that requires explanation?
Spiced Peach Jam is infused with star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves. Delicious and the spices in the jars make this a very showy gift. Holiday gift-appropriate and also good year 'round. Was a favorite at our B&B in East Hampton.
Gearing up for holiday gift giving? Here's a real work-horse jelly. Unusually beautiful, unusually tasty and unusually easy (shhh, don't tell...) Good with juice from a jar, better with fresh. Plus that makes a better story.