Tomato and Raisin Chutney

Tomato and Raisin Chutney - Andrea Meyers

I remember August of last year very clearly. Our tomato plants were producing like crazy, and we were bringing in five to ten pounds each night. Michael and I looked at each other and said it was time to get a pressure canner. Until then, I’d only canned high-acid tomato recipes, and seven years ago… 

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Ticonderoga Farms: Autumn Pumpkins (Roasted Pumpkin Butter)

Andrea Meyers - Pumpkin Butter

Autumn at Ticonderoga Farms means pumpkins, hayrides, and plenty of outdoor fun in their huge play area. Their pumpkin patch is a short walk from the entrance or the hayride will take you right there, though I recommend the hayride, which takes you around the bamboo maze and part of the Christmas tree forest. It’s… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Life always seems to get a little crazy around this time of year. We get caught up in school events, hockey, work, finishing up the summer garden and prepping for winter, but no matter how busy we get, I always set aside time to make apple butter. Whether we use purchased apples or pick them… 

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Sweet Cherry Butter

Sweet Cherry Butter - Andrea Meyers

“Cherries!” That’s the shout I hear when the boys find cherries on the counter and eagerly pop them in their mouths and pull off the stems. They can’t resist the deep red fruits, and neither can I. Seeing their happy smiles with cherry juice all over their hands and faces is one of my favorite… 

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Blueberry Butter

Blueberry Butter - Andrea Meyers

When the blueberries start to ripen on our bushes, the boys get excited and eagerly eat the fresh berries as we bring them inside. Occasionally I’m able to set some aside for cooking projects, but most of the time I have competition for their juicy goodness. This time I was able to whip up some… 

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From the Pantry: Instant Pectin (Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato)

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato

When summer rolls around and it’s time to start making jams and jellies again, I stock up on pectin. Many of the recipes I make call for regular pectin, which requires cooking the jam or jelly, but I also like instant pectin for no-cook jams. Skipping the cooking process keeps the wonderful fresh flavor of… 

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Spiced Tomato Jam with Pinot Noir

Spiced Tomato Jam Recipe with Pinot Noir - Andrea Meyers

Though Labor Day has passed, the heat remains here in Northern Virginia and we’re still enjoying outdoor cooking and our homegrown tomatoes, though we’ve hit a lull and possibly the end of the tomato season. We aren’t sure if it’s insects or just the extended heat wave, but the tomato plants aren’t looking good. Fortunately… 

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Muscadine Grape Jam

Muscadine Grape Jam - Andrea Meyers

When my parents said the farmers market in downtown Columbia, SC was a drive thru, they weren’t kidding. We literally drove through the giant open barn that houses the market, with vendors on either side of the “road” and loads of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Melons and peaches were in abundance as were the… 

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Garlic Dill Pickles

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Garlic Dill Pickles - Andrea Meyers

Our annual visit to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse has become a must. In between trips we talk about the good food and tell anyone who will listen about the restaurant and dream of slow cooked meats, chili, cornbread, and pickles. Yes, their pickles are very good. They make their own refrigerator garlic dills and they… 

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