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Ground Cherry Jam

19 Oct

Do you know what a Ground Cherry is? Yeah, I didn’t either. So when I started to get bags full of them, I had absolutely NO idea what to do with them!

I tried a bite and found that they were very sweet! The first time I used them I made a salsa verde, as I assumed they were just smaller tomatillos! It worked, but I really wanted to know what I could actually DO with these things!

So when I found myself with about 3 bags of these ground cherries, I thought to myself “Maybe I could make JAM with them?????”

Well  5 jars of beautiful ground cherry jam jars later, the answer to that question was a resounding YES! It makes for a very subtle jam, but when it’s slathered on a piece of toast with some peanut butter, it’ll give peanut butter and grape jelly a run for it’s money.

Ground Cherry Jam
From A Year in the Heritage Gardens


  • 3 cups of ground cherries, husks removed
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 package pectin
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. In a large pot, combine the ground cherries, lemon juice, water and pectin and bring to a boil.
  2. Once they are brought to a boil the cherries will start to burst, however feel free to mash them with a potato masher to speed up the process
  3. Add the sugar all at once and bring to a boil again
  4. Once it is brought to a boil for the second time, continue to boil for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into sterilized mason jars and cover tightly. Once they have popped, you know you are good. If they do not pop, then just stick them in the fridge once they have come to room temperature.






Boston Local Food Festival 2011

3 Oct

This past weekend I attended the Boston Local Food Festival in Fort Point, in front of the Children’s Museum. It brought hundreds of vendors and people together that have a love for good, local food.

I wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to navigate through all of the delicious vendors, but we decided that if we saw something that we really liked we would go for it. Luckily, almost everything was under $5 which made stuffing your belly with delicious foods affordable.

A couple of local farms came out and were selling some of their farm fresh fruits and veggies so it was like a farmer’s market!

The first place we headed over to was Sportello, and they were giving out some amazing pork belly sandwiches on homemade focaccia bread. Let’s just say it was a great start to the afternoon.

Next up we headed over to Batch Ice Cream. Even though we had barely finished out pork belly sandwiches, the minute I saw Salted Caramel Ice Cream, I HAD to grab some. I mean, it could be sold out by the time we got back! Can’t let that happen now can we?

Our portion was HUGE! And it was packed with sweet caramel with a touch of salt. Favorite.

Next up we ventured over to Sofra. They had a ton of delicious sounding and looking delectables, but we went with the unusual sounding pastry pictured above. I can’t even begin to pronounce it, but it was a pastry filled with yogurt and spices. It was definitely not in your face sweet which I actually liked. It was certainly the most interesting item we sampled.

By this time I was veering very close to food coma, so we decided to wash the deliciousness down with some Pumpkin Soda. Yep, you heard me. It tasted like carbonated pumpkin pie. Which is alright with me. This soda was from Maine Root, and they were also selling a maple based soda that looked intriguing as well.

We sampled some other assorted dishes but sadly I didn’t take any pictures. Probably because I ate them so fast they were that good. We tried a garlic full sour pickle as well as the regular pickle from Real Pickles. We nommed on a grass fed burger from Miles Smith Farm. Juicy doesn’t even describe how amazing they are. I drank some delicious chocolate milk from High Lawn Farm. I was told that their eggnog was going to be sold at Whole Foods. Yes I will be picking one up.

Oh, who is that? Could that be Christian and Derrick from Master Chef??????? Why YES, YES IT IS. Christian obviously cleaned himself up and I REALLY wanted to go up to him and ask him if he was a real a$$hole or if he just played one on TV.



Anyway, I had such a fantastic time eating and discovering new and local foods. If you missed out on this year’s festival, SHAME ON YOU! Can’t wait until next year!






Guest Post with Local in Season – Kohlrabi Slaw

3 Aug

Hey everyone! Happy Hump Day! It’s actually my Friday today because tomorrow I am going to BERMUDA with my husband for a long weekend. We’ll be celebrating a very good friend of mine’s wedding and I couldn’t be more excited. Hopefully I’ll get one more post up for you guys before I leave, but in the mean time, check out my latest post for Local In SeasonKohlrabi Slaw.


Strawberry Rhubarb Tart on Local In Season

10 Jun

Hey everyone! Did you know that yesterday was National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day? Now you know! Now go on over to Local in Season where you can see my post on how to make a delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Tart using fresh and local ingredients!

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