Spiced Crenshaw Melon Jam with Lime

Spiced Crenshaw Melon Jam with Lime

Crenshaw you say...what's that? Only THE juiciest, creamiest most flavorful melon you'll ever sink your taste buds into, that is what!

Spending several years apprenticing on organic farms had exposed me to a wide variety of various delicious fruits and vegetables. None however, save for the golden russet apple (more to come on this later in the season), blew my mind more than the Crenshaw melon. I tended to like cantaloupe and musk melon but never thought it was AMAZING. Crenshaws are AMAZING.

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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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