It turns out that five ingredients really are all that are needed to make a flavorful, almost shockingly red sauce that stands up to the stuff in the bottle. Best of all, you can tweak the heat up or down with the selection of peppers.
There are a few forms of salumi that require nothing more than meat, salt, spices and time. Case in point is one of the simplest, and yet most delicious, meats you can make: Pancetta. Basically, it’s Italian bacon.
This is adapted from a Ball guide recipe, adding vanilla bean and lemon juice and mashing down the fruit further to become a beautiful rosy quince jam. The aroma as you cook it alone is nearly worth the work, but the jam itself is Fall at its finest.
Grape season is still in full swing here in California, so making raisins is the perfect seasonal kitchen side project. Described here is a technique using green grapes for golden raisins, but you can choose any grape you like!