British pub pickle, cheddar cheese, and crackers

Recipe for British Pub Pickle (aka A Chutney Like Branston Pickle)

Cold beer, crusty bread, sliced dry-cured sausage, aged cheddar, possibly some pickled onions – and this pickled gem, a tangy, sweet, and crunchy pickle/chutney that is an essential British condiment for a proper Ploughman’s lunch. In December of 2017 I taught a holiday canning class at Preserved Oakland. This pickle was a part of the class. Pack a jar into […]

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curing olives in a canning jar

DIY: Recipe for Curing Olives at Home

In November, 2017, I gave a workshop at Preserved Oakland on curing, marinating, and serving the unripe olives commonly grown in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area. I’m working on a self-published zine (along with amazing artist and graphic designer Arin Fishkin) with lots more specific details on method, sourcing olives, and more; it should be ready for the 2018 […]

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make your own homemade DIY candy marshmallows

Marshmallows – Gateway to Candymaking

I recently shot another video for my Creativebug series on how to make homemade marshmallows. I hadn’t made marshmallows in years and I was reminded of how insanely delicious they are – not to mention ridiculous sticky fun. I’ve tweaked the recipe ever so slightly since this first appeared in Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It. Note that I am now […]

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Orange Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

Slightly fruitier and lighter in calories than a traditional vinaigrette, this creamy dressing offers a nice tang and is especially great with peppery greens like arugula. The beauty of this and other creamy dressings is that they stay fresh longer and may be used throughout the week. This dressing tastes particularly good when made with homemade orange marmalade, but of […]

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Bacon Recipe

Nothing could be simpler than learning how to make bacon, the king of all fried meats. How many “vegetarians” have you known who just eat the periodic slab of crisp sautéed hog fat? I rest my case. Bacon is God. To cure your own bacon, plan and shop for ingredients well in advance. You might need to special-order the pork […]

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