Fancy Pantry

Pineapple Daikon Kimchi

Your body is unbelievable.  It’s constantly on alert – looking out and doing battle to keep intruders from taking over – as it maintains you as that “well-oiled machine.”  It’s like Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and Food and Drug Administration synchronized [click to continue…]


Grand Marnier MarmaladeWhat’s your favorite lazy morning breakfast?

Often in this house, it’s a thick slice of sourdough, toasted crisp on the edges, buttered, and topped with a dollop of orange marmalade.  With a steaming mug of coffee and the morning paper, a breakfast like this can be the best escape of the day.

This orange marmalade recipe is chunky with the mildly bitter pith balanced with just enough sugar but not too much.  The bonus is the addition of a tablespoon of orange liqueur per jar.  The alcohol sizzles and quickly evaporates when the hot marmalade meets the liqueur – the mellow result is a richer orange flavor.

Here’s some tips to help ensure the best marmalade:  find the brightest citrus for the best color.  Since the entire fruit is cooked (skin, pith, pulp), organic citrus is recommended (trusted backyard citrus are good candidates).  Navel oranges are preferred because of their firmer texture; juicy Valencias are a good substitute (results in less pulp). The recipe uses a lemon, either Meyer or Eureka, to provide flavor contrast.  Use Meyer if the oranges are not particularly sweet, and Eureka if they are.

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Jalapeno Pepper JamEarly September – what’s growing in your garden?  [click to continue…]


Drunken Fig Preserves v2We have Dexter to thank for these Drunken Fig Preserves.  Dexter is the neighborhood feline hunter.  Patient, sleek, and aloof, he has cleaned up the neighborhood so well that my neighbors now are able to harvest figs from their tree vs. the neighborhood critters [click to continue…]


Jalapeño Pepper Jelly.  Oh! – so hot and sweet at the same time.

Take a cracker and smear it with cream cheese.  Then generously top with the Jalapeño Pepper Jelly.  Your taste buds will overheat somewhat and then Cream Cheese comes to the rescue.  After THAT little burst of surprise, you’ll want another one.  And then another.  Very addicting.

And the jelly (also a jam) loves to go to parties.  Partners well with beer.  Flirts with prosecco.  You’ll become well-known after the first person at the party tastes the pepper jam (see immediate preceding paragraph). [click to continue…]


Potted Pork 2

Three keeps things interesting.  3 Musketeers, 3-of-a-kind, ménage-à-trois.  It is that uneven number that keeps the other two on their toes.  And this appetizer trio will keep them coming back for more. [click to continue…]