Foraging for Violets – Homemade Violet Jelly

Violet Jelly

I’m always a little hesitant when it comes to making jellies. (A) they’re a lot more work than jam. You need to collect the juices of whatever fruit (or in this case flower) you’re using, then cook the liquid then add the pectin, then reduce it… It’s just a lot of steps. Where as with jams, you mash the fruit, cook it for a bit, and there you go. (B) I’ve had a lot of failures with jelly. It took me some time to get the hang of using pectin. The jelly isn’t supposed to be totally thick when you’re canning it, it thickens as it cools. I’ve ever ended up with over jellied jelly, so thick, it’s practically a soft candy, or under jellied where after canning, I can turn the jar over and it’s like having canned a syrup. Somehow with this recipe I got it right, a well jellied consistency that moves a bit in the jar but still holds firm.

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Make, Eat and SWAP!

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Last month I was finally able to attend my first BK Swappers’s event. I learned about BK Swappers last fall from my friend who blogs over at Becoming Brooklyn. But Fall was busy, and then came Christmas…finally when BK Swappers announced their January meetup, I RSVPed immediately. Then proceeded to panic for the next two weeks about which of my goodies were even worthy enough to debut at such an event.

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Equal Opportunity Editor

ButtermilkScones (3)I’m just as guilty as the rest. I often find recipes, tweak them a bit, or use them as a reference for a totally different recipe. When cooking at home, I might sometimes try to pawn it off as my own invention, but as a blogger, I always site my sources. I once worked at a company who’s legal department was extremely conservative. So as a marketer, I’ve learned to site sources, copyright and be extremely cautious about what sources I use to prove things (not so much an issue in recipes). So if I’m referencing a recipe from Bon Appetit or one of my favorite blogs like Smitten Kitchen or Food in Jars, you’re going to know. But in all fairness, I often edit my own recipes as well. This summer I made some delicious cream scones to go along with my homemade jams. Sometimes the recipes turn out better (or worse), but often times just a different spin.

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