Easy Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam jar with berries

What makes my strawberry jam so easy? Just a few ingredients, a short cook time, and no canning. This is a jar of jam to make often and to love! The depths of my love of a jar of homemade strawberry jam knows no bounds. Strawberries cooking on the stove hold the aroma and flavor…

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Asparagus Pickles with Grape Leaves

Aspargus pickles in weck jars

Asparagus pickles with grape leaves in the jar go extra-crisp! The grape leaves deliver tannins that impart more crunch. These are refrigerator pickles, quick and easy. So delicious for your cocktail hour or on the buffet. This recipe is as much about the humble grape leaf as it is about the grand pickled asparagus. I…

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Mujadara Pita Roll Up

Mujadara rolled in pita on a white plate

The Mujadara Pita Roll Up is a great way to eat mujadara, the pilaf of lentils and bulgur with caramelized onions, on the go. Get the mujadara recipe here. Watch how its made here. Find the right lentils and bulgur for mujadara at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Mujadara is one of the most versatile dishes in my repertoire,…

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Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chips

Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chicops

My bread and butter sweet pickle chips are so simple to make, but huge on flavor and crunch. The sweet onion is as delicious as the cucumbers in these refrigerator pickles. Here’s the thing about the abundance of the last three months up north in Michigan: Yes, we’ve had that long-awaited access to local fruit…

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Raspberry Rose Jelly

Raspberry rose jelly is a beautiful way to enjoy ultra-pure raspberry flavor with no seeds. The rose water makes the raspberry taste even more raspberry! Everyone has a texture thing of one sort or another, don’t you think? My texture thing is not extensive, really it’s not. Oysters? No problem. Pate? Yes please. Labneh and…

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Strawberry Jam Bars

Strawberry bars in a baking pan

The jam used for Strawberry Jam Bars is a quick-method, just cooking down berries with sugar and lemon juice. Rose water takes the jam to another level of luscious, and the lemon gives the perfect sweet-tart balance. Strawberry Jam Bars are right at home at a picnic. If you want to use prepared strawberry rose…

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Cranberry Sauce with Rose Water & Pistachios

Cranberry sauce with rose water, MaureenAbood.com

Cranberry sauce is such a natural with rose water, which brings out the cran-flavor and balances the sweet-tart beautifully. Be sure to use the rose water with restraint! We had a trial-run of Thanksgiving dinner recently, making good on what we say every year on Thanksgiving—which is: why don’t we eat this delicious meal more…

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Simple Raspberry Jam Recipe

Top of Simple Rasbperry Jam in a Ball jar on a blue and white plate with spoon, Maureen Abood

When you pick raspberries the way my clan does, the abundance of fruit leads to an array of aspirational raspberry-laden recipes. In the end, though, it’s the simple raspberry jam recipe that takes over the lion’s share of fruit…the very best way to prolong our raspberry season joy. I love how these preserves do just…

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Apricot Jam Tart + Canned Jam

This apricot tart is the glory of all that is apricot–deeply fruity, tart, and yes, sunny, especially when its made with homemade preserves. I love the crust too, with the zing of lemon zest and a great short texture. The first winter I spent living in Harbor Springs by myself, I spent many hours, many…

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Homemade Apricot-Lime Fruit Leather

If it still to this day surprises me, it’s got to be surprising to you too: Fruit leather is so Lebanese. I was eating fruit leather long before I’d ever heard that term, and even before we were buying fruit roll-ups at Schmidt’s on Lansing’s west side way back when. The original Lebanese version of…

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