Sunday, June 3, 2018

Tomato Jam

I learned so many lessons today!  Follow the directions, don't try to rush things.  Patience, patience, patience - makes things turn out like a charm!  I've never blanched or peeled a tomato in my life until today!  Take your time in letting them soak in hot water - it's almost impossible to rush that process.

Tomato Jam is wonderful served over fried green tomatoes, or even fried squash.  It serves well with cream cheese spread on a baguette.  This is a sweet treat with a hint of savory that will brighten many dishes!

You'll need:

4 pounds of tomatoes (heirloom or plum - I used a variety - I don't recommend cherry tomatoes))
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Boil a large pot of water and prepare an ice bath (big bowl of ice cubes and cold water).  Place the tomatoes into the hot water and leave submerged for 2 minutes.  Remove tomatoes with a slotted spoon and place in the ice bath one at a time.  While in the ice bath, use your fingers to slide the tomato skin off.  Just leave the skins in the bottom of your ice bath.  Use your patience - this process cannot be rushed.  You may need to reheat your boiling pan and you'll likely need to refresh your ice bath as well mid way through.

When all your tomatoes are peeled, core and seed them, then chop into fine pieces.  Add tomatoes to a large stock pot and mix in the sugar.  Let sit for 10 minutes stirring often,  Bring the tomatoes to a boil over medium high heat.  Cover and stir often,  Cook for 20 minutes.  Add salt, pepper and paprika, cook uncovered an additional 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens.  Increase the heat if necessary to keep your boil rolling.  Stir frequently, that sugar is working and you don't want this to stick and burn!

Place jam into the container of your choosing and refrigerate.  Voila' - You're Jammin'!

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Cracker Salad- This sounds so ridiculously simple that I almost didn't try it.  This takes just pennies on the serving to make and you probably have almost every ingredient in your kitchen right now!  This is impossibly simple but OH SO YUMMY!

1 sleeve smashed saltines (feel free to name then after anyone that is irritating you when smashing them:)
3-4 chopped green onions
2 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped bell pepper
1 c mayonnaise
2 hard boiled eggs
a couple of grinds of fresh peppercorn and salt
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 hand of chopped parsley

Mix onions, tomatoes, peppers,  mayonnaise, eggs, parsley, salt and peppers. Toss in the crushed crackers and serve immediately. I made this for a pic-nic years ago and one guest still asks for this each time she comes over!