Tiny, sour, unbearably cute mouse melons, also called Mexican sour gherkins, have been growing in popularity. Turns out they make the best crunchy quick pickles. Flavored with tarragon instead of dill, they make cornichons. Quelle jolie!
After several years of experiments, I finally got the spices down to make homemade ketchup that tastes better than Heinz 57. Yes, a perfectly balanced, deep, rich homemade ketchup without all the nonsense. And it's safe for canning, too!
A Russian fermented tonic of either rye bread or vegetables, kvass, can be used to make cold nutritious soups. Click for the pravda about kvass beet borscht, kvass mixed vegetable soup, and a cucumber melon soup enriched with kvass, da?
West coast road trip! Pick up some local apricots, pistachios, almonds, avocado honey, and citrus fruits to bottle yourself up some California. This conserve is based on Christine Ferber's nougabricot and is sure to be a favorite.