Rhubarb & Strawberry Freezer Jam

Rhubarb & Strawberry Freezer Jam

We all have to work through things and today in Minnesota I'm quite certain that's exactly what mother nature was doing. Snow pellets, blustery winds...but smattered in between the extended periods of cloud cover...tiny glimmers of sunshine. In hopes of giving the lady of all things green a little encouragement to power through her mood swings I scampered over to the garden for inspiration. And wouldn't you know as luck would have it baby rhubarb shoots!

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Black Currant Jam with Black Peppercorns and Rosemary

Black Currant Jam with Black Peppercorns and Rosemary

Very often I am drawn to the unusual.  Although its name is not unfamiliar to most Americans the black currant is not a common staple in the general US population's pantry.  Even more so it is absent from their gardens.  As par usual with me, not in with the mainstream...where do I sign up?! It was little over three years ago when I sent away for 3 Crandall black currant whips from St. Lawrence Nursery in New York.  Come spring  3 little sticks arrived that I popped int the ground hoping for the best.  Fast forward those three years and presto, a whopping 5 pound crop of berries!

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