Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Enjoy a healthier diet without a huge time investment through easy real-food recipes, DIY pantry staples and home-preserved food -- the Way of Better Eating. It's what I blog about at Yankee Kitchen Ninja.
Make your own vegetable powders: a great way to add a boost of veggies to sauces, soups and smoothies.
Pear honey: Not actually honey but a sweet jam with a hint of ginger -- use it as a breakfast spread, on a cheeseplate or with roasted meats.
Roasted pear and cardamom butter -- just as good on a cheese plate as it is slathered on toast. Add a little savoriness to your fruit butter this year!
Whip up a batch of blueberry vinegar -- delightful in a vinaigrette, even better in a refreshing shrub or cocktail.
Watermelon soda: easy-to-make, refreshing natural soda (works with other fruit, too!)
Orange-cumin chutney, a flavorful accompaniment to roast pork or chicken as well as the secret ingredient to an addictive sweet and nutty cheddar cheese spread.
Roasted sour cherry sauce, a deliciously sweet-tart topping for desserts or a breakfast yogurt stir-in treat. And did I mention easy to make?
Fruit leather: all fruit, no sugar, tastes like candy, easy to make. Clearly the best snack ever!
A sweet-yet-tangy creamy shallot dressing for a delicious spinach salad.
Make your own chocolate hazelnut spread -- nuttier (and yummier!) than the original.