Tag Archives: jam

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

I found a new produce—new to me at least—at Trader Joe’s this week, Thomcord grapes. These grapes are a crossbreed of Thomson seedless and Concord grapes. They have dark purple skins and a wonderful flavor. While my wife Jan does not like grape jelly—growing up her mother bought nothing but Welch’s grape jelly—daughter Eilene loves it. She asked me to turn these grapes into a jam.

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

Karl’s Thomcord Grape Jam

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Breakfast, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

We have a new neighbor across the street and my usual practice has been to gift new neighbors with a jar of jam as a welcoming to the neighborhood. Surprisingly, I had no  jam on hand—normally I have 4-5 jars ready to distribute or for personal consumption.  I needed to make a new batch.

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

Karl’s Ginger White Peach Jam

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under California Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s White Peach Jam

A few weeks ago I had some peaches sitting on the counter in danger of over ripening. Jam was the obvious solution. Jan thought it was “too sweet.” This flaw did not stop her from eating the entire jar in two weeks.

Karl’s White Peach Jam

Karl’s White Peach Jam

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under California Fusion, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Caramel Mandarin Micro Marmalade

I have been making marmalade the same way for years for a Christmas giveaway. I bought a  microplane zester that produced very fine bits of rind. Over time I have been experimenting with the recipe— no extra water, fine bits of zest and less and less sugar. This has produced an intensely flavorful marmalade.

Karl’s Caramel Mandarin Micro Marmalade

Karl’s Caramel Mandarin
Micro Marmalade

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Breakfast, California Fusion, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe

When I was a child my mother, Claudia, would make strawberry jam every strawberry season. With five kids and a tight budget, it was one more way to stretch a dollar—even then commercial jelly was expensive. Whenever she did this, she would also bake bread—the smell of fresh bread and jam would fill the house. We would all gather around anticipating the treat of hot jam on warm bread just out of the oven.

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Breakfast, California Fusion, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Micro Mandarin Marmalade

Every Christmas for more than the last decade I have made marmalade as a giveaway. A few years ago, I bought a  microplane zester that produced very fine bits of rind. I also stopped using any extra water, just the zest and juice of the oranges. This micro marmalade was an intense flavorful jam, but it did not make as much as the old way I had been using. This year I ended up giving away all of the marmalade I produced and we had none left for ourselves.

Karl’s Micro Mandarin Marmalade

Karl’s Micro Mandarin Marmalade

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Desserts & Treats, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Micro Lemon Marmalade

Every Christmas for more than the last decade I have made marmalade as a giveaway. a few years ago I started making special batches of intense jams that contained only the zest and juice of the oranges. Last weekend I was lemon bombed and I wondered if I could make a marmalade of just lemons.

Karl’s Micro Lemon Marmalade

Karl’s Micro Lemon Marmalade

Continue reading

12 Comments

Filed under Desserts & Treats, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Karl’s Pomegranate Curd

Adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe

Jan loves lemon curd, so a while ago I made some with Meyer lemons. It worked out so well that I have made it a couple of times. It is really tasty, but it does not last or keep long.

Karl’s Pomegranate Curd

Karl’s Pomegranate Curd

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Breakfast, Treats, Vegetarian

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Curd

Adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe

Jan had a desire for lemon curd, so she bought some Meyer lemons. I decided I should make it before the lemons went bad. On-line the ingredient lists of the recipes were pretty much the same—butter, eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon zest.

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Curd

Karl’s Meyer Lemon Curd

Continue reading

6 Comments

Filed under Desserts & Treats, Sauces and Spices, Treats, Vegetarian

Karl’s Mission Fig Jam

Jan was given a large bag of very ripe Mission figs two days ago. It was far too many to eat before they went bad. I had to think of a way to preserve them.

Karl’s Mission Fig Jam

Karl’s Mission Fig Jam

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under California Fusion, Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian