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Peanut Butter Thumbprints with Strawberry Lambic Jam from Cookie Love by Mindy Segal

It's 4th of July Weekend. You need dessert. American dessert. Cookies. Peanut butter. Strawberries. And beer. Thankfully, no barbecue sauce, although the taste here will be that intense. What can you do with some fresh, first-of-the-summer strawberries and a bottle of beer? Lambic beer, actually, providing a cidery, almost berry taste. You could make jam.…

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Tomato-Vanilla Bean Marmalade from Tomatomania!

In Tomatomania! authors Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee offer this unexpected mixture of tomato and vanilla. Summer, with its generous combination of sunlight and an occasional thunderstorm, brings forth a tomato bounty that can almost overwhelm us. There is only so much salad we can consume. But, but, this marmalade, sweet but never losing the…

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Fruit Mostarda for the Year Round from Put’em UP! Fruit

Author Sherri Brooks Vinton, of Put’em UP! Fruit and Put’em UP! fame, notes that mostardas have long histories. They were created in medieval Italy when sugar and mustard where used to preserve fruit. Sugar and mustard were then affordable only by the upper classes, so mostardas have always been associated with that upper crust of…

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Cardamom-Infused Apricot and Almond Chili Jam from Red Hot Chili Sauce Book by Dan May

For each of her corporate events — where teams come into our kitchen to cook together — Suzen loves for her guests to begin enjoying food from their first steps. So, as soon as the coats are off, guests are welcomed with appetizers. We serve a very, very wide range of appetizer dishes but one…

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