Concord Grape Jam



I am not sure why it took me so long, but I have finally discovered the wonder of concord grapes. The “grape” flavor that is so commonly found finds its roots in this fruit but as it has a limited season, they are not readily found in supermarkets. I came across them just the other day and thought to myself, I should try these.My first pound was supposed to be for muffins however after the first taste I ate through the whole thing without saving any. This morning I decided to return to buy a few more pounds to bake with but alas they only had one left. I remembered an old roommate of mine made a great batch of concord basil jam but I decided to just try my hand at the basic jam first. The color is amazing, a deep purple I didn’t think could be found naturally. In my batch I did not add lemon juice however I feel it would add the perfect amount of tang that I lost when I added the sugar.

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Apple Cake

20130906-184040.jpgI have not talked a lot about cookbooks on this blog but one cake book in particular has always produced delicious recipes for me. All Cakes Considered of the All Things Considered crew has time and again surprised me with its collection of recipes, in particular Paula Dean’s Grandgirls Fresh Apple Cake from Georgia. This moist apple cake is filled with fresh apples, pecans and coconut and topped with a buttermilk glaze that gives it a sugary crust in the outside. This is one of those recipes that is a popular request amongst those who know me and I think it will do the same for you. As Rosh Hashannah is upon us and fall is just beginning I felt this was the perfect time to share this recipe. Despite what you think about Paula Dean this recipe is well worth the time.

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Jamaican Patties

IMG_1017I believe the population of Jamaicans in this small town is somewhere upwards of 500 and I believe about a quarter of them work with me.  The boys in the kitchen love to cook and are always bringing in goodies to share. Sadly however I missed the day when they brought in Jamaican patties, so I thought it was time to make my own. Having looked over a few recipes, this one looked like what I remember as a child when my parents would buy frozen ones from the store. As a non beef eater I actually substituted ground turkey although I would love to try these again with lamb. I used cumin where it gives the option and I have to say this recipe is pretty good. My one recommendation is that you add a little heat if you want it. Perhaps 1/2 tsp of cayenne or chili powder according to your taste.

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