Category Sauces and Condiments

Strawberry Jam

April is the time of year that we get strawberries in the grocery store for $1.25 – $1.50 a pound. I wish I had access to local Utah strawberries, but people just don’t grow them here. I won’t complain, because Utah is more known for our raspberries!! And we have tasty raspberries. Here’s my recipe […]

Concord Grape Jam

It was one of those last minute things that ended up being both awesome and horrible. I was at work when I saw Petersen Family Farm’s post that they had 25 pound boxes of concord grapes now available in their farm shop. I was distraught, because I was at work late that day and had […]

Plum Jam

I bought a bag of plums this week from Allred Orchards. I wanted to try a small batch recipe of plum jam just to see how it would turn out and taste. It was hard not to just eat all the plums, but I managed to make jam before they were all gone. I’ve been […]

Tomato Sauce for Canning

I’m always looking for new recipes to enjoy during the dark days of winter. I think a good meal would be spaghetti with marinara sauce. I could never bring myself to purchase store-bought tomato sauce, but making my own canned tomato sauce seems more exciting. I thought I would make marinara sauce, but that’s rather complicated […]

Peach Jam

It is peach season in Utah and I’m still experimenting with making the best peach jam ever! I’ve recently started using weight to determine the amount of sugar to add to jam recipes instead of cup measurements. For fruits like apricots, peaches, and sweet cherries, I’ve been measuring the weight of the processed fruit in […]

Apricot Jam

I have used KSL classified ads to find local fruit and veggies. Right now apricots are out in full force! I found a family in Riverdale selling apricots for $25 / bushel (about 40 pounds). I was able to make this recipe twice and then dried the rest. This recipe turned out really great.

Raspberry Jam

This isn’t so much an “official” recipe but a way to remember what I did when I made raspberry jam. I’m still learning how to make low sugar, no pectin jams. This summer I tried to pick raspberries at one of the many U-Pick farms, but we had such a bizarre growing season this year […]

Homemade Salsa, Canning

Over the summer we’ve tried to make salsa for canning. Now making fresh salsa isn’t that big of a deal. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro, and volià you have fresh salsa. However, when it comes to canning salsa, it is not so easy. We followed a couple of recipes on the Utah State canning guide, […]

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Ha ha I’m going to gross you out! Do you know how maraschino cherries are actually made? Take a light-colored sweet cherry, like the Rainier cherry, and soak them in a sulfur dioxide and calcium chloride mixture to bleach the fruit. Sulfur dioxide if inhaled or ingested will cause breathing difficulty and eventually with enough […]

Mango Chutney

Since making this recipe back in April, I finally opened a jar for the first time this week in June. It was so fantastic and delicious. I’ve had mango chutneys that were super sweet. I’ve had mango chutneys that were super spicy and others too salty. This chutney was the perfect balance of sweet, sour, […]

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde)

I never knew you could grow cilantro in Utah! Cilantro is ubiquitous in hot weather cuisines, yet (as I just found out) it does not like to grow above 75 degrees F. Yesterday it was 70 degrees F and sunny, perfect for cilantro that loves to grow in the spring. The cilantro is not going to […]


I find most generic olive oil and vinegar just as bitter and nasty as lettuce. Back in college, I learned that delicious olive oil existed. I was fortunate enough to come across some super extra virgin olive oil from nuns in San Jose, CA. The nuns loved telling the joke that it is the most extra virgin […]