Food in Jars Mastery Challenge – Marmalade

What fun!  I’m participating in the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge this year, hosted by Marisa McClellan, whose books about small batch preserving (check them out here!) gave me the courage to take the step from refrigerating or freezing my jams to actually processing them in a water bath so they can be stored in the cupboard.  Every time I pick one I end up writing several different recipes into my planner so I remember to try them when the fruits or vegetables are in season. Of course, I don’t always get around to making them, and I’m excited that each month she’ll be giving us a different method of preserving to try…along with posts with hints and troubleshooting tips to reference in addition to her wonderful books. And I’m hoping that the challenges and some advance planning for seasonal canning will keep me on track for gift-making this year too.


Caramel Candies


You CAN Make Candy! Do you keep your eyes peeled for fun foods that can start a new holiday food gift tradition? I do. A couple of years ago I tried my hand at making caramels…and just like that, new recipes were added to my holiday season make-it list.  Caramels are delectable and very easy to make, even if you’ve never made candy before, and they make great gifts – that’s why I wanted to share them in The Recipe Box for December.


Sweet Potato Pancakes

Disclaimer: I was compensated by DMI Agency for writing this recipe in the printed column, The Recipe Box, in Direct Magazine’s November issue. All opinions are my own.


November is filled with cherished moments as we gather together to celebrate family, friends and all we’re thankful for. Busy days before Thanksgiving give way to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Inspired by a deliciously different breakfast I had at Another Broken Egg Café in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last fall, this dish is my selection for Direct Magazine’s November issue of The Recipe Box, and it’s a perfect start to a day of cooking or holiday fun.


A Taste of Home ~ and a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Quarto Cooks generously provided the cookbooks for this post and giveaway.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are my own.


Isn’t it amazing how the smells and flavors of food can instantly transport us to another time and place?  I think that’s why we find it so comforting to send care packages filled with treats to loved ones who don’t live near us, whether they’re in college (like my son), serving in the military, or working and living away from their childhood home. I found the coolest book, called The Flying Brownie, on Quarto Cooks, and I just had to make it a Cookbook Corner selection!  Author Shirley Fan has filled it with valuable shipping and packing tips and great recipes too ~ and thanks to my generous friends at Quarto Knows, I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!