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The Jam Scientist
I live in a small home in California, with a tiny yard, and cope with tight storage. All homemade jar goods are important, but I only have room for the best in my pantry.
When I grow up I want to be like my grandmothers... making and preserving delicious food for the people I love, and serving it up with style.
Interests: • Traditional regional, and ethnic foods • Chocolate • Natural fermentation • Cooking from scratch • Teas • Roses, & Orchids • Dog training • Furniture refinishing • Amateur photography • Family history
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The weather is perfect for this easier version of a classic Mexican dish. This soup is quick, easy, and good for you. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Best Little Jam House
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This year I am actually corning, or pickling, my own beef before Saint Patrick's Day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Best Little Jam House
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Now is the time for a nice pot of soup with a piece of warm cornbread. My favorite cornbread recipe from Ruth Reichl's The Gourmet Cookbook uses 100% whole grain stone ground cornmeal, and a hot skillet. This delectably healthy recipe that goes well with a pot of beans or soup. I will also share some variations, and recipes for different sized skillets. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Best Little Jam House
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If you've always wanted to plant a vine or two, build and grow an extensive grape arbor, or start your own vineyard, January's the month to get it started with bare root plants from the nursery center, or starting your own cuttings using (often free) grape cuttings! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Best Little Jam House
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My dietician suggested I try My fitness Pal, a free online program to help me track what I eat and how much I exercises. I have found it to be a great help during this convalescence period, and I think I will continue to use it once I am better. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Best Little Jam House
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I have been hungry for my mother's fudge, but she made old-fashioned fudge that sometime did not set up. I wanted rich dark fudge without marshmallow fluff, confectioners' sugar, or chocolate chips. I adapted this one from Williams-Sonoma to make darker, more adult, fudge that fits the bill, and is easy to make. I am making this for Christmas Day, but I will keep this in mind for Valentines Day. At the bottom of the page I offer two variations - Milk Chocolate, or Salt Topped, all are excellent. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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I absolutely love the pungent horseradish-like taste of European style mustard that clears your sinuses, but fresh artisan mustards are hard to find in many areas of the country. Home mustard making is easy to do. Look at The Jam Scientist's Notebook section of this post to learn tips for controlling and utilizing mustard's natural kick. A set of mustards would make a wonderful gift. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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All the delicious taste and fragrance of gingerbread without all the work. I made 5 dozen of these soft, chewy, quick drop cookies, loaded with ginger and cinnamon, during the long Thanksgiving weekend.By the end of the week, they were all gone! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Use this simple and quick tactic to spice up your life, or to make an easy homemade gift. I have seen other blogs that first dehydrate the herbs before adding the salt, but this is not necessary, and it decreases flavor. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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My list starts with The Fellowship of the Mystery - That's what Pastor David Guzik calls God's intervention in our lives to change us; yes, it is a great mystery, and I am most thankful for this! My list ends with thankfulness for adult diapers for those that need them. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Why settle for ordinary? Use this simple and quick tactic that works with any pancake or waffle recipe, be it homemade, mix from a box, or gluten-free to taste just like gingerbread. Have them every week, or save them for Christmas, however you like. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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I believe I got this new recipe spot-on. It is easy to make, can be done in less than an hour, and has the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread! This recipe turned out sooo good I thought twice about releasing it on the internet. In the end I decided to share. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Super easy 15 minute tactic to remarkably increase flavor and appearance of your fowl or pork! Rubs are easy, easy, easy, so don't stress about this. Feel free to add or subtract spices and herbs as you like, and make this your own. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Brining makes an enormous difference in succulence - no exaggeration! However, this does not need to be a big production or expense. All things being equal, simple is best! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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This simple and quick tactic works on any ham, be it spiral, canned, or bone-in to intensify flavor, add moisture, and presence to an ordinary ham. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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This gravy makes Thanksgiving day a breeze by making gloriously rich and thick gravy ahead of time by using turkey parts. This recipe is adapted from The Best of America's Test Kitchen, so you know its good! Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Best Little Jam House is doing so well I have decided to open a new full time staff position even at this early stage in my business. Our new staffer has already joined our team. In fact, without her interest and enthusiasm, this blog would not be thriving as it is! Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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This is great chutney. This is absolutely my, and The Professor's, favorite chutney!!! If you have time to smoke the dried apricots and onion everyone will consider you to be a domestic goddess. Yes, smoking adds that much flavor and complexity! Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Kick the cranberry sauce in the tin can to the side. I never like it anyway. Here are few of my favorite alternatives... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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This tart little conserve would work well as a condiment for meat or cheese; it could also be an alternative to cranberry sauce, (think Thanksgiving) or work as jelly (good as a topping for muffins). Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Best Little Jam House - HOME My personal journey towards home, hearth, and garden. I invite you to come along with me as we explore the art and science of canning and homemaking. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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My go-to applesauce, sweetened with concentrated apple juice and less sugar. This recipe is a staple. I made over 40 pints and it will not last the year. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Hands down absolutely the best applesauce I have ever eaten. This lovely pink applesauce has subtle complexity that will be appreciated by adults, but is still enjoyable to children. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
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Home Canned Applesauce - What apples, in what ratios, with what amazing ingredients, and what pitfalls? Making your own home canned applesauce is fun and easy. Creating your own signature blend is simple by using unexpected ingredients and regional apple varieties.Become an accomplished applesauce maker by avoiding rookie mistakes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Best Little Jam House
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Best Little Jam House