As summer is starting in Ohio, parks and public spaces are brimming with fruit - if you can find it. Juneberries and mulberries are nearing their peak, and seeking them out is more than worth the effort and purple fingers.
Want to make the most of your small yard? Consider planting edibles in your front yard. With a small foundation bed and some good luck, I turned an unproductive corner of my yard into a berry patch in an hour.
Combining the sweetness of ripe, Ohio peaches with the piquancy of black pepper and the depth of thyme, this less sweet jam packs a big flavor punch. This savory peach preserve can stand up as the base for a sauce for poultry or pork.
Strawberry jam is often too sweet for my taste, but this lower sugar recipe adds balsamic vinegar to lend a bit of savoriness to the jewel-like strawberry conserve. This recipe would be great for tiny, flavorful Alpine strawberries.
When you find perfect Rainier cherries, no small feat, eat as many as you can out of hand, and preserve the rest right away. These cherries in a light rum syrup will add a sophisticated kick to any ice cream sundae.