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how to make pickled squash and other holiday edible gifts

I know it might seem a bit odd to publish a pickle recipe at a time of the year when everyone else is busy with cookies and panettone. But – thanks to generous friends – I have been so pumpkin and squash-rich recently, that I had to develop new ideas. After making squash soup, pumpkin… Continue reading how to make pickled squash and other holiday edible gifts

Preserves and Infusions · Recipes · Winter

chunky Italian-style sweet orange marmalade

I have made a scientific study of making marmalade with sweet oranges. Bid deal – you will say – the whole world makes marmalade! Indeed, but the “famous” British-style marmalade is made with bitter oranges. However, there are no bitter oranges in rural Umbria. We grow no oranges at all actually, it’s too cold. Try… Continue reading chunky Italian-style sweet orange marmalade

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spiced persimmon and orange jam

PERSIMMONS. I better hurry up and pick them before the frost makes them burst. Every autumn it’s the same story. We first have a brief spell of leaf glory, when the proverbial Umbrian green turns to golden and red. Then rain comes, more rain than we want. Everything becomes gray except the persimmons. You see… Continue reading spiced persimmon and orange jam

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spiced grape jelly

I love October in Umbria. Soon the winter sadness will descend on us, but right now colors are working full-time. Everywhere is golden and red. Everything seems to taste sweet, chestnuts, pears, grapes. There’s wonderful grapes everywhere. We are the lucky owners of a 1/2 century old vine-arbor. We don’t make wine with the fruits,… Continue reading spiced grape jelly