All posts filed under: Jams and Jellies

Peering Down the Pie Hole – The Box Edition

I like an apple pie. I make a lot of them – be it dutch or cream, puree or traditional. I can usually judge how good a particular cookbook is by the quality of the pie. So, it’s probably the first thing I thumb the index for when I pick one up. I’ll even make one on some box top – if it looks interesting. Hell, I’ve even made that Mock Apple Pie on the back of a box of Ritz Crackers… which, by the way, isn’t even apple. And, if you can get past the knowing that what you’re eating is just a big pie-shaped wedge of cooked cracker, then it kinda works in a pinch… when you don’t have any apples… and want a pie… and don’t think about it too much. But I was sorting out the pantry the other day and came across the box of tapioca that had gotten shuffled down onto the pasta shelf. Picking it up, I noticed a recipe for Apple Pie on the back flap. I …

Curb Market Crawl – Gold Rush Apples

A curb market find in late January?… I know! Granted, it’s not some heirloom, organic, micro farmed obscure tuber from Madagascar… But it’s actual real fresh stuff from a local curb market thingy…. in January! Making my weekly prowl through the mountains this past week, I really only intended to stop in at R & A Orchards in Ellijay to pick up a fried dried apple pie. (Yeah Yeah – they’re fattening…  But, it’s a pie you can hold in your hands… and it’s fried..) But they were out.. However, lining the main sales floor were basket after basket of these. Gold Rush Apples – beautifully bronze, crisp and sweet…. I just had to pick up more than I could conceivably eat in a month. Gold Rush is a relatively new apple to the party. Originally bred in the early 70’s as a multi-cross based on the Golden Delicious. In the early 90’s the Purdue Apple Program perfected the strain and released it for limited production. It is just now beginning to come into it’s own. What’s so special about them? Well – for …

Fine as Frog Hair

There are a couple of inherent truths when it comes to the South. 1.   If I can make my livestock do something funny, I’ll show it to you. If I can make you pay to see it, even better Actually, at Goats on the Roof in Tiger, Georgia – it’s free to look at the goats living and traversing the network of ladders and bridges  overhead between the buildings. There are, however, several nifty country store shops and a deli in which to free you of your cash. And, I can’t tell you the number of instrument playing chickens and ducks I’ve seen at the various county fairs and festivals across the mountains. 2.  If it fits between 2 slices of bread, it’s a sandwich.   We all know of  ‘mater sammiches and that girth inducing delicacy of bananas and peanut butter championed by “The King”, but I have been privvy of a whole host of side dishes and condiments slapped between 2 slices of white bread and slathered with mayo. I eaten many a pineapple sandwich, green …