I need a heavy dose of sunshine, the kind with a beach, a tan & a handsome Italian asking me what I’d like to drink. Sadly, I’ll have to settle for a sunny bottle of homemade limoncello, a southern Italian lemon liqueur.
Cultured butter is dead easy to make. This butter is distinctly different from sweet cream butter, with a denser texture and slightly tangy flavor. “Cultured” means that the cream is fermented into cream fraiche/sour cream before being churned.
Grapefruit infused gin is a favorite libation at my house. It only takes two ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes. Preserve them while the fruit is sweet, flavorful and acidic, as citrus quality wanes over time.
For the lazy picklers among us, I submit this hot pepper jelly recipe. Because the jelly is just peppers, vinegar, sugar and pectin, you can use pickled peppers or fresh peppers, which ever you have on hand. Warning, this habanero version is HOT!
In the spirit of winter, I’m making a Warm Spice Bacon, flavored with allspice, chiles, coriander, mace, pepper and maple syrup. Winter came ridiculously early this year in Minnesota, so I’m making bacon to cheer myself up a bit.