Archive for July, 2013

A few weekends ago I went home to my parents place to visit with my grandma and for my father’s birthday.  I never know what to get my dad for his birthday, but he loves pickles so this year I decided I was going to make him a big batch of pickles. First I scoured […]


On my way home from picking Saskatoon berries (there’ll be a post on Col Sam Smith’s Saskatoon & Blueberry Basil jam later), I stopped by a Chinese Grocer in South Etobicoke and bought some wild Ontario blueberries for jamming. I also eyed two quarts of blackberries and couldn’t resist so I bought those too. After […]


Last week Diann mentioned that she had just gone to a u-pick strawberry patch and came back with a flat of strawberries. I told her that she had to tell me next time she was going so that I could get her to pick me up some. She texted me the next day saying that […]


A few weeks ago, my friend Laura posted on Facebook that she had a Rainer cherry tree in her backyard and wondered if anyone wanted any cherries. I quickly googled “canning sweet cherries” to find something interesting to make and found another Food In Jars recipe for pickled sweet cherries: http://foodinjars.com/2010/08/pickled-sweet-cherries/ I actually used the […]


Bryan and I went back to my parents place one weekend in June and raided the last little bit of the rhubarb patch and a lot of their herbs. Later that week, I was biking through Dufferin Grove park and picked up my first quarts of fresh Ontario strawberries at the market for $5/quart. I […]


Mom brought a HUGE bunch of rhubarb that weekend in May / June. I took a bit less than half and pickled them and then stewed the rest using a basic recipe from the National Centre for Home Preservation: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/rhubarb_stewed.html I think I had used about 4 cups of chopped rhubarb and it cooked down […]


Growing up, we had two rhubarb patches that (I think) just came with our house. We didn’t plant them, they just always existed (mom & dad — correct me if I’m wrong!) There was the patch at the front of the garden and the patch at the back of the garden in amongst the compost […]