Strawberry Grand Marnier Fig Jam

Ain’t It Grand! Strawberry Grand Marnier Fig Jam Side After the success of the Boozy Bourbon Vanilla Fig Jam, I was inspired to try another jam recipe also including a potent potable (Strawberry Grand Marnier Fig Jam).   It was a good thing too because as I was making the jam, I looked out the kitchen window to see a family of raccoons helping themselves to all the fruit from the top of the tree!  If they clean out the tree, this may be the last batch of fig jam I make this season. While researching strawberry jam recipes, many people mentioned that the jam sometimes would get foamy.  I did not experience that, but if you do be sure … Read more…

Boozy Bourbon, Vanilla and Fig Jam

We’re Jammin’ Boozy Bourbon, Vanilla and Fig Jam Side Our neighbor has a gorgeous fig tree that fortuitously hangs into our yard (as does her luscious lemon tree).  Never having been a big fig fan, each year I would pick them to take to the office where they are scooped up like hotcakes and they tell me they are delicious. After a friend shared Jill Silverman Hough’s Drunken Fig Jam recipe with me, I decided to give it a try with this year’s crop.  The original recipe appeared in the October 2008 issue of Bon Appetit and calls for brandy, although I read reviews of people using sherry, white port, and other liquors.  We (that would be me, although Tom … Read more…

Divine Orange Sherbet Jello

The Dish That Helped Save My Life Divine Orange Sherbet Jello Side This orange sherbert Jello is the ultimate comfort food from your grandmother’s generation.  It is also Tom’s favorite and was an integral part of his recovery from his 105-day hospitalization in 2010, as it was one of the few foods he would eat.  It was a childhood favorite of our friend, Susan, who made vats of this to aid in his recovery.  Jello and orange sherbet, what’s not to like?  By the way, it’s perfect for that Easter (or any day) brunch! Ingredients: 1 large package orange Jello 1 can mandarin orange slices, drained 1 pint orange sherbet 2 c. boiling water                                           … Read more…