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25 Grown-Up Versions of Peanut Butter & Jelly

Monday, November 28, 2022

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  1. Adult PB&J: Let’s start off simple by upgrading PB&J’s two main ingredients. Swap the peanut butter out for almond butter, because almonds are all the rage right now & apparently better for you. You could also try sunflower seed butter as another alternative. Then, instead of the usual plain jellies, use Gingered Carrot Cake Marmalade that includes Grand Marnier, because making something more adult usually means adding alcohol to it. Feel free to upgrade your bread to something other than pre-sliced loaves while you’re at it.

  2. Banana Bread PB&J: You’ve probably had peanut butter & banana, but substituting banana bread for regular bread is straight-up sorcery. Plus, it allows you to keep jelly in the equation without worrying about the slippery texture pushing out the bananas with every bite. (Clearly, we’ve studied every sort of PB&J-related dilemma. You’re welcome.)

  3. Burgerized PB&J: Being an adult means you’re granted special privileges not afforded to kids. You can stay up as late as you want & you’re finally allowed to operate a grill. Because this is America, you should use these freedoms to your advantage by adding peanut butter & jelly to your burger, especially since it easily allows you to add some bacon to the mix. And for the record, being an adult also means you get to make up words like “burgerized.”

  4. Crȇpe avec PB&J: If you don’t speak French, “avec” means “with,” & “crȇpe” means “crȇpe.” Now that we’ve got that intensive language lesson out of the way, feel free to start adding PB&J to your crȇpes. It tastes great & makes you feel great. Maybe not physically, especially if you eat several, but emotionally. & saying “crȇpe” will win you some class points that you’ll immediately lose when following it with the words “PB&J.”

  5. Deep-Fried PB&J: If your regular PB&J seems too healthy (Fruit? Nuts? What am I, on a diet?) then consider deep-frying the whole thing. Just remember that deep-fried food tastes best fresh, so be sure to eat it right away... but not immediately after removing it from the fryer, of course. Option to include a homemade white chocolate ganache!

  6. French Toast PB&J: There’s a lot going on here, but it’s actually a simple procedure when you break it down. (It’s also delicious.) Start by making two slices of French toast. However, before flipping the bread, spread peanut butter on one slice’s grilled side & jelly on the other slice’s grilled side. Sandwich them together & finish cooking the French toast as if it’s a grilled cheese sandwich.

  7. Fresh Fruit PB&J: Sometimes you gotta eat healthily. The next time you make a PB&J, add something a little fresh fruit! Whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, or even pomegranate seeds. You might even find that you like it better this way!

  8. Grilled PB&J: No fancy ingredients here; just a different way to prepare the classic version of PB&J. Once the sandwich is constructed, lightly butter both sides & simply prepare it exactly as you would for a grilled cheese sandwich.

  9. PB&J Bread: If you were intrigued by the banana bread PB&J recipe but are also some kind of banana-hater who thinks that bananas are the Banana Runts of fruit, then this is the recipe for you. On the outside, it looks like plain ol’ bread. But on the inside, it holds a secret stash of PB&J.

  10. PB&J Cake: Your parents were right when they told you kids can’t eat cake for breakfast. But now that you’re an adult, go nuts. Besides, a cake is basically bread, right? So you’re not being immature, you’re being innovative.

  11. PB&J Club: No, this isn’t a social club for PB&J lovers...unless you’re nominating me as president, in which case I totally accept. (This is so unexpected; I have so many people to thank.) It’s simply a triple-decker PB&J sandwich, because sometimes grown-up versions of foods are just the same foods in grown-up-sized portions. If you want to add bacon to make it more club-like, we won’t stop you. In fact, we insist.

  12. PB&J Cups: You don’t see a lot of kids cutting carbs or going vegan, which is why these breadless, animal-less PB&J cups are the perfect snack for adults...even loaf-loving carnivores.

  13. PB&J Donuts: Kids eat donuts, but true adults make donuts. & then eat them. & then hide the leftovers so their kids can’t have any.

  14. PB&J Fudge: For some reason, kids nowadays don’t seem to enjoy fudge as much as desserts like cookies, chocolate, or other types of candy. Maybe because it’s usually served in small pieces, maybe it’s too rich, or maybe it’s the weird texture that’s not quite hard but not quite soft & sometimes grainy. Regardless of the reasoning, fudge has somehow become more of an adult treat. Or maybe, once again, we just don’t want to share.

  15. PB&J Granola: Combines oats, peanut butter, honey, jelly, vanilla, & cinnamon into the perfect snack - & it only takes 20 minutes to make a whole batch. Once it’s done, you can pair your perfect granola with yogurt, or fruit, or chocolate if you’re not into the whole health thing.

  16. PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches: In addition to being a grown-up version of PB&J, these sweet treats are also grown-up versions of ice cream sandwiches. They use peanut butter cookie dough in place of the cookies or cookie crust, & add jelly to the ice cream center. & the best part, compared to other sammies, the ice cream here is much more likely to stick to the dough & not fall out the sides.

  17. PB&J Muffins: Muffins are like grown-up cupcakes, so PB&J muffins are like a grown-up version of regular PB&J, right? Either way, we don’t really care, because these are irresistible. I mean, just look at them sitting there all crumbly & so forth. Do you think a kid could handle this without getting it all over their face & the floor? Nope, & you probably can’t either, but it’s okay because no one will yell at you for making a mess.

  18. PB&J Pancakes: We told you about cake & we told you about French toast, so you probably expected a PB&J pancake in here somewhere. & seriously, what better brunch food could there be, as these bad boys mix a classic breakfast food with a classic lunch item in a way only an adult could conceive...probably somewhere between mimosas number three & four.

  19. PB&J Quesadillas: If you were intrigued by the grilled PB&J but want something a little lighter & healthier, sub out the bread for a whole wheat tortilla. Not only will you consume fewer carbs & less food in general, but you also won’t need to butter it up for grilling. Simply coat your pan with cooking spray & toss on the tortilla.

  20. PB&J Smoothies: It’s almost as simple as throwing a PB&J sandwich in a blender. (But not quite, so don’t do that.) Just combine almond butter, peanut butter, strawberries, & a banana; then mix & drink! Feel free to mess around with the amounts to your liking.

  21. PB&J Smoothie Cocktails: You’ll need to buy Van Gogh PB&J Vodka for the full effect, & then add milk, ice cream, a banana, raspberries, & some extra peanut butter. Blend well, add toasted peanuts as a garnish, & drink responsibly.

  22. PB&J Squares: Foods in bar form are the best way to eat breakfast on the go - just ask anyone who has ended up with a lap full of milk & cereal during their morning commute. A lap full of peanut butter & jelly drippings is just as bad (trust us on this one), which is why these PB&J bars are the perfect morning snack.

  23. PB&J Sushi: Don’t worry, there’s no actual seafood in this PB&J sushi. (Unless… No, no, the world isn’t ready for that yet.) Instead, it’s basically a fancier way to serve PB&J - which is perfect for parties! No recipe is needed, as this one is a cinch. Using white, flour tortillas - or crust-less bread flattened with a rolling pin - simply spread on your peanut butter & jelly of choice, cut the tortillas or bread into thin strips, roll it up tightly, & serve.

  24. PB&J Toast: Think slathering toast with mashed avocado is the only way to add some flavor & health benefits to regular bread? Then you’ll love switching things up with this PB&J toast made with your choice of nut butter, nectarines, blackberries, & honey. You get vitamins, protein, & carbs, making it a perfect pre-workout meal. Plus, we still think avocado looks like weird alien food, no matter how delicious & healthy it is.

  25. PB&J Waffles: Like the grilled version, feel free to prepare your favorite version of the classic PB&J for this one. So what exactly makes it “grown-up” then? Well, how many kids do you see out there operating waffle irons? It takes focus, a good sense of timing, and, in case you didn’t know, waffle irons can get hot as heck. (We’ve had numerous ouchies in the past.) So once your meal has been produced, you can eat it with the proud feeling that you just adulted pretty hard...even if it is just a PB&J sandwich you smashed in a waffle iron.”

Coronation Chicken

Saturday, November 12, 2022

A salad fit for a king! This recipe was inspired by the original, which was made for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation luncheon in 1953. Studded with dried apricots & toasted almonds, the salad is finished with a curry cream sauce. It's sweet, crunchy, savory, & has a hint of spice — & perfect to serve over lettuce or between bread for a satisfying sandwich.

Total: 55 min (includes cooling time) Active: 25 min Yield: 8 cups


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1/4 cup red wine

  • 2 tablespoons Savory Spiced Mango Conserve

  • Juice 1/2 a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about the size of a raisin)

  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


  1. Begin by poaching the chicken. Season the chicken generously on both sides with salt, then place it in a single layer in a large pot. Add the peppercorns and 1 of the bay leaves. Pour cool water over the chicken until it is covered by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and place it on a plate to cool. Shred the chicken, by hand, into large pieces and set aside in a medium bowl.

  2. Cool the poaching liquid completely, then refrigerate in an airtight container and reserve for another use (see Cook’s Note).

  3. For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until slightly darker in color, about 1 minute. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the red wine, 1/4 cup water, Savory Spiced Mango Conserve, lemon juice, and remaining bay leaf, and cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the bay leaf.

  4. Combine the mayonnaise and sour cream in a medium bowl using a rubber spatulate. Add the cooled curry mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir to combine.

  5. To finish the salad, mix the shredded chicken with the dried apricots and sliced almonds. Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and gently coat the chicken with the sauce using a rubber spatula. Finish the salad by gently mixing in the cilantro.

Cook’s Note: Rather than dispose of the poaching liquid, reuse it! The liquid is a bit thinner than regular broth but still has plenty of flavors. Use it to cook rice or quinoa or to make a delicately flavored soup.

Salt-and-Pepper Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Margarita Preserves

Friday, November 4, 2022

Active: 1 hr, Total: 1 hr 30 mins, Yield: Makes 18 sandwiches


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • Strawberry Margarita Preserves


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the salt, pepper, baking powder,  and baking soda until evenly combined. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined. 

  2. Preheat the oven to 375°. Using a  1 1/2-ounce ice cream scoop or a soup spoon and working in 2 batches, scoop the dough into 11/2-inch balls and arrange at least 3 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until set at the edges and lightly browned; rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  3. To serve, spread 1 heaping tablespoon of Strawberry Margarita Preserves on one side of half the cookies. Sandwich with the remaining cookies and serve.

Make-Ahead: The salt-and-pepper cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Halloween Sugar Cookie Pizza

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Take a page out of Food & Wine Magazine by making their Halloween Sugar Cookie Pizza using our Strawberry Margarita Preserves This is a playful riff on the classic margarita pizza, made with a crisp sugar cookie “crust,” Strawberry Margarita Preserves, & marshmallows. This would also be terrific with a peanut butter cookie crust.

Active: 30 mins, Total: 1 hr 10 mins, Yield: 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1 1/2 cups of large marshmallows, some torn into smaller pieces


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, & salt.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the sugar with the butter at medium speed until light & fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg & vanilla until incorporated, about 2 minutes. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until the dough just comes together. Gather & pat the dough into a 7-inch disk. Wrap in plastic & refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the coconut on a pie plate & toast for about 10 minutes, until golden. Let cool. Line an inverted baking sheet or a pizza tray with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until golden around the edge. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Spread the Strawberry Margarita Preserves over the cookie crust leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Arrange the marshmallows over the Strawberry Margarita Preserves. Broil 5 to 6 inches from the heat, until the marshmallows are golden.

  5. Scatter the toasted coconut over the pizza, slice it into wedges & serve.

Make-Ahead: The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Strawberry Crème Fraîche Biscuits

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Active: 35 mins, Total: 1 hr 35 mins, Yield: 12



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup diced strawberries (6 ounces)

WHIPPED Crème Fraîche:

  • 3/4 cup crème fraîche

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves


  1. Make the biscuits: Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-size pieces form. In another medium bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir the crème fraîche mixture into the dry ingredients until the dough just comes together. Fold in the diced strawberries, being careful not to overmix.

  2. Scoop twelve 1/4-cup mounds of the biscuit dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake the biscuits for about 30 minutes, until browned; shift the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer the biscuits to a rack and let them cool slightly.

  3. Make the whipped Crème Fraîche: In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, whip the crème fraîche with the cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt at moderate speed until medium peaks form. Fold in the Strawberry Margarita Preserves until just combined. Serve with the warm biscuits.

Sensational Strawberry Sorbet

Monday, October 3, 2022

Makes almost 3 cups


  • 1lb (4 cups) ripe, flavorful strawberries

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Margarita Preserves or Raspberry Chipotle Preserves

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste

  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Rinse and hull the berries and put them in a food processor or blender with 1/2 cup of the Strawberry Margarita Preserves and the salt. Puree until smooth. Add the lemon juice and water and pulse to mix. Taste and add the remaining Strawberry Margarita Preserves as necessary for sweetness and adjust the lemon juice and salt if necessary. The puree should taste a little bit sweeter than you think it should as it loses sweetness once it's frozen.

  2. Scrape the mixture into a shallow pan, cover, and freeze until hard, 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Break the frozen mixture into chunks with a fork and process in the food processor or blender until there are no more frozen pieces. Continue to process, stopping to redistribute the mixture from time to time, until it is smooth and creamy and lightened in color. It may be frozen enough to serve right out of the food processor, or you can return it to the freezer until needed. If the sorbet freezes too hard, let it soften in the fridge for about 15 minutes, or carefully soften in the microwave on the defrost setting, a few seconds at a time.

7 Jarcuterie Ideas

Sunday, September 25, 2022


For those who like it hot. It’s no surprise this appetizer is a timeless favorite: Cream cheese is just the cool, rich match for spicy jalapeños.


  1. Make some of our Jalapeno Poppers 3 Ways.

  2. Fry a few slices of bacon. While they cook, combine cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and diced jalapeño in a bowl. Stir until evenly combined. Pat the bacon slices dry and crumble them. Take a small spoonful of the cream cheese mixture, wet your (washed!) hands with a bit of water, and roll it into a small ball. Roll the ball in the bacon bits and stick them with toothpicks, repeating until you’ve used all the cream cheese.

  3. Take your board and add the Jalapeno Poppers and a layer of jalapeño kettle-cooked potato chips. Fill the rest of the board with seeded crackers, cubed cheddar cheese, and cream cheese balls.

2. The ITALIAN DELI Platter in a Jar

When it comes to cheese boards, prosciutto is the best for a reason. It’s sweet, salty, and goes beautifully with soft and hard cheeses alike. Here, we pair it with Italian cheeses and other antipasto favorites.


Slice provolone and pecorino Romano however you’d like (cubes, slices, triangles—you name it). Take a few slices of prosciutto and roll each one into a cylinder-like shape so it can stand up straight in the jar. Skewer pepperoncini and roasted red peppers on toothpicks. Fill the bottom of the jar with pieces of crusty Italian bread (or prop a piece on the rim of the jar). Fill in the rest of the jar with the skewered ingredients and cheese.

3. The TACO TUESDAY Platter

If you really want to wow your guests, look no further than this Mexican-inspired number that boasts tiny versions of your favorite handhelds. Fair warning: You just might want to make a double batch, because odds are everyone will want seconds.


Start by making or buying a batch of mini empanadas. While they bake, fill the try with tortilla chips. Then, take either a cut piece of a full-size corncob or a few baby corn cobs and grill them. (You can also just lightly brown them in a grill pan or skillet on the stove.) Roll them in queso fresco crumbles and top them with cilantro, spices like chile powder or Tajín, and a spritz of lime, and skewer them to create a mini elote. Top the tortilla chips with fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, and queso fresco. Finally, prop the empanada and corn skewers up in the jar.

4. The PIZZA NIGHT Platter in a Jar

Your kids will be psyched to see their favorite dinner’s latest glow-up. Think of this as a deconstructed pizza in a jar, plus a few bonus snacks.


Place a small cup of warm marinara or pesto at the bottom of each jar for dipping. Make or buy a few mini garlic knots and skewer them. Make a few bocconcini (aka fresh pearl mozzarella) skewers as well. Stand the skewers up in the jar alongside mozzarella cheese sticks, pepperoni sticks and thin, crispy breadsticks.

5. The GREEK Platter in a Jar

Dress Feta up with other Mediterranean favorites for a charcuterie that doubles as dinner.


Fill a small cup with tzatziki and place it at the bottom of the jar for dipping. Make a batch of Greek lemon chicken or gyro meat skewers. Slice a slab of feta, as well as some thin, long cucumber sticks. Stand the skewers, cheese and cucumber up vertically in the jar, along with pitted kalamata olives stacked on toothpicks. Toast some pita points, spread them with hummus and nestle them in the jar, or cut a slit in each and stick them on the jar’s rim.

6. The BRUNCH Platter

Psst: We know what you’re cooking Sunday morning. This recipe calls on a handful of breakfast essentials and assembles them in a fun way that’s impressive enough to serve to company. (Pro tip: Keep the cooked waffles/French toast sticks and scrambled eggs on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven until you’re ready to assemble and serve, so they don’t get cold.)


Whip up a batch of French toast sticks or cinnamon-sugar waffle quarters (or buy the premade, frozen kind—we won’t tell!). Stand them up in the jar, with or without skewers. Make scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar and put a layer on the board. Fry a few slices of bacon; while they cook, assemble fruit kebabs with produce of your choice. Lay the bacon alongside the fruit. If you’re feeling extra, finish it off with a mini biscuit spread with preserves.

7. The CANDY LAND Platter in a Jar

Our favorite thing about jarcuterie is that cheese and meat don’t need to be included. You can go ham with just about any ingredients you can think of, from a pancake board to chocolate charcuterie. This dessert alternative is all about sweets. Might we suggest whipping these up before an epic movie marathon?


Add a layer of yogurt or chocolate-covered pretzels to the bottom of the jar. Next, add a layer of chocolate truffles or fun-sized chocolates. Cut up a few Rice Krispie Treats (feel free to use shaped cookie-cutters instead of just slicing them) and skewer them. Fold up a few Sour Strips or gummies and stick a skewer through them. Position all the skewers in the jar and fill the rest of the space with rock candy and lollipops.

Strawberry Amaranth Porridge with Cardamom

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Total: 20 mins, Yield: 2 to 4


  • 1 cup amaranth—soaked overnight, rinsed, and drained through a very fine mesh

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

  • ½ vanilla bean, split open, seeds scraped

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom, from about 3 to 4 pods

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the porridge, except Strawberry Margarita Preserves, (vanilla pod included) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

  2. Warm the Strawberry Margarita Preserves.

  3. Mix the porridge and Strawberry Margarita Preserves together. Add a few splashes of coconut milk if desired and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Strawberry-Mango Paletas

Friday, September 9, 2022

Active: 30 mins, Total: 5 hrs 30 mins, Yield: 8 ice pops


  • 1 1/4 cups Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1/2 cup Strawberry nectar juice

  • 2 cups Mango Jam

  • 1 cup mango nectar juice


  1. Blend 1 1/4 cups Strawberry Margarita Preserves with 1/2 cup Strawberry nectar juice. Then blend 1 1/4 cups Mango Jam with 1/2 cup mango nectar juice.

  2. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mango puree into the bottom of eight 3-ounce ice pop molds. Add 2 tablespoons of the strawberry puree to each mold, then top with the remaining mango puree, leaving 1/2 inch between the filling and the top of the mold. Using a small knife, gently swirl the mango and strawberry layers together. Insert wooden ice pop sticks and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours, and preferably overnight. Dip the molds in hot water for a few seconds, then unmold the paletas and serve right away.

Make-Ahead: The paletas can be covered and frozen in a single layer for up to 1 week.

Pink Grapefruit, Sparkling Wine, & Basil Granita

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Serves 4-6


  • 300ml caster sugar

  • 250ml pink grapefruit juice

  • 250ml sparkling pink wine

  • 2 tbsp Three Fruit Marmalade

  • a few basil leaves and extra to garnish


  1. Combine the Three Fruit Marmalade, sugar, and water in a saucepan with a few fresh basil leaves. Bring up to heat to allow the sugar to dissolve and simmer for a few minutes. Remove the basil leaves and set them aside to cool.

  2. Once cool, pour into a shallow container along with the grapefruit juice and sparkling wine.

  3. Place the dish on a flat surface in the freezer. Freeze for 1.5 hours, then scrape the granita with a fork and place it back in the freezer. Repeat this process a couple of times, bringing the ice in towards the center of the dish, until it has a granular texture. Serve with a sprig of basil to garnish.

Stilton Sirloin Burgers with Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Total: 50 mins, Yield: 8 mini burgers


  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 pounds ground sirloin

  • 4 ounces Stilton cheese, cut into 8 slices

  • 8 mini brioche or kaiser rolls, split

  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves, for serving

  • Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade


Light a grill. Generously season the sirloin with salt and pepper. Mix gently, then shape into eight 1-inch-thick patties; season again with salt and pepper. Grill the burgers, turning once until charred on the outside and pink within, about 3 minutes per side. Just before the burgers are done, top them with the Stilton. Transfer to a platter. Lightly grill the buns. Set the burgers on the buns. Top with the Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade and lettuce and serve.

Serve with sweet potato fries and a glass of bourbon.

Strawberry Tamales

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Active: 45 mins, Total: 2 hrs 45 mins, Yield: 8


  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar

  • 8 large dried cornhusks

  • Boiling water

  • 1 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill masa harina

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, preferably cultured, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 vanilla bean—split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved, pod reserved for later use

  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • Eight 10-inch squares of thin sandwich paper, moistened

  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with lime zest, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, cover the dried cornhusks with enough boiling water to completely submerge them; weigh them down with a plate. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the masa harina with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water and mix until a dough forms.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with 1/2 cup of sugar at medium-high speed until whipped and smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in the baking powder, salt, and vanilla seeds. Scrape the butter mixture into a bowl.

  4. Add the masa dough to the bowl of the stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in Strawberry Margarita Preserves, 1/3 cup at a time, and scrape down the bowl, until incorporated. Beat in the whipped butter in 3 additions, scraping down the bowl, until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Lay 1 cornhusk smooth side up on a work surface and spoon 1/2 cup of the tamale dough in the center. Roll the husk around the dough to make a compact cylinder, folding in the sides as you roll. Tie the tamale with kitchen string and wrap it tightly in a sheet of sandwich paper. Repeat to form 7 more tamales.

  6. Arrange the tamales in a steamer set over a pot of simmering water. Cover and steam until firm, 90 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature with Strawberry Margarita Preserves and ice cream or whipped cream.

Make-Ahead: The uncooked tamales can be frozen for 2 weeks; steam from frozen. The cooked tamales can be refrigerated for 2 days and rewarmed to serve.

Michelada Gingembre

Monday, August 8, 2022

Makes 1 Drink


  • Ice

  • 6 ounces chilled Sprite

  • 1-ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1-ounce Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 ounce fresh ginger juice (grated from a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger and pressed through a fine strainer)

  • Dash of jalapeño hot sauce

  • 1/8 teaspoon of Habanero Jelly

  • 1 teaspoon of Meyer Lemon and Vanilla Marmalade

  • 1 teaspoon of Mountain Dew Jelly

  • 12 ounces chilled IPA-style beer

  • Pinch of sea salt


Fill a chilled pint glass halfway with ice. Add the Sprite, lemon juice, Simple Syrup, ginger juice, hot sauce, Habanero Jelly, Meyer Lemon and Vanilla Marmalade, and Mountain Dew Jelly; stir well. Add enough beer to fill the glass; top with the salt. As you finish the drink, continue to pour

Frozen Strawberries-and-Cream Pops

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Active: 15 mins, Total: 6 hrs 35 mins, Yield: 10


  • 2/3 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon crème fraîche

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Process milk, crème fraîche, heavy cream, honey, vanilla, and salt in a blender on medium-high speed until fully combined, about 30 seconds.

Divide Strawberry Margarita Preserves evenly among 10 (3-ounce) ice pop molds (about 1 tablespoon per mold). Divide cream mixture evenly among molds; stir gently to combine. Insert ice-pop sticks or food-safe craft sticks, and freeze until firm, about 6 hours or up to overnight.

Raspberry & Cherry Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Total Time 7:20 - Prep 0:20 / Cook 7:00, 4 Servings



  • 4 slabs of pork baby back ribs (Baby back ribs from the rib bones of the pig closest to the loin. One rack [10 to 13 ribs] weighs about 3 to 4 pounds and should feed 2 to 3 people.)

  • 20 pounds of hickory or competition blend wood pellets

Dry Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup paprika

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Raspberry and Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar

  • 1/3 cup Raspberry Chipotle Jam

  • 1/3 cup Cherry Scotch Bonnet Jelly

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Fill the hopper with wood pellets. Preheat your pellet grill to 200°F.

  2. Insert a butter knife between the membrane and one of the rib bones. Grab the membrane with a paper towel and pull to remove it completely.

  3. In a medium-size bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper, and ground mustard. Season the ribs on both sides with the dry rub mixture.

  4. Place the ribs in your pellet grill and cook for 3 hours at 200°F.

  5. Remove ribs and wrap them in aluminum foil or butcher paper.

  6. Increase grill temperature to 225°F. Place ribs back into the grill and cook for another 2 hours.

  7. In a medium saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Raspberry Chipotle Jam, Cherry Scotch Bonnet Jelly, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  8. Remove ribs from the pellet grill, unwrap, and brush with barbecue sauce.

  9. Return ribs to grill and cook for another hour.

  10. Remove from grill and let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

Redhead in Bed

Friday, July 15, 2022

Total: 5 mins, Yield: 5 drinks


  • 2 cups of Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons citrus vodka

  • 2 cups of Ice

  • 1/3 cup chilled Riesling


In a blender, combine Strawberry Margarita Preserves, vodka, ice, and puree. Fill 5 collins glasses halfway with ice. Pour the cocktail into the glasses, top each with about 1 tablespoon of Riesling and serve.

Grilled Edible Cheeseboard

Thursday, July 8, 2022

Total: 1 hr 30 min, Active: 30 min, Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1 cup red grapes

  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, quartered (about 3 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves (about 2 ounces)

  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, broken into little pieces

  • 2 pounds refrigerated pizza dough, at room temperature (If you buy two 1-pound balls of pizza dough, knead them together before bringing them to room temperature)

  • One 8-ounce wheel brie cheese

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 cup of your favorite olives (about 5 ounces)

  • 1 cup Parmesan chunks or other hard cheese (about 4 ounces)

  • 8 ounces sliced cured meats, such as salami, prosciutto, or mortadella, or a combination

  • Your favorite preserves


  1. Make six 2-inch-thick discs of aluminum foil by crumpling sheets of foil: Make two 2-inch-wide discs, two 3-inch-wide discs, and two 5-inch-wide discs. Set aside.

  2. Spread 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bottom and sides of a sheet pan. Scatter the grapes, apricots, walnuts, and rosemary in a single layer around the border of the sheet pan. Arrange the aluminum discs in the open space inside the grape border, making sure they don’t touch.

  3. Stretch the pizza dough on a clean work surface so it is the same size as the sheet pan. Carefully lift it and lay it over the top of the foil discs, grapes, and other ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until puffy, about 1 hour.

  4. Prepare a grill for medium heat. Remove the plastic wrap from the sheet pan and put the pan on the grill. Cover the grill with the lid and let cook until the dough is set around the edges and dry on top, about 10 minutes.

  5. Using protective gloves or towels, flip the sheet pan onto the grill so the foil, grapes, and other ingredients are facing up; remove the sheet pan. Cover the grill and cook until the dough is lightly golden around the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove one of the 5-inch aluminum discs and insert the brie into the indented bread bowl where the disc was. Cover the grill and cook until the dough is completely cooked and golden all over and the cheese is hot through, about 10 minutes.

  6. Transfer the edible cheeseboard to a serving platter or cutting board using tongs and a heatproof spatula. Remove the remaining foil discs and drizzle the whole thing with olive oil, avoiding the brie. Put the preserves and honey in the smallest bread bowl and the olives and Parmesan in the medium bowls. Fold and tuck the cured meat into the remaining large bowls. Put a small spoon in the preserves and honey and a knife by the brie for serving. Serve the cheeseboard warm, encouraging people to tear off pieces of bread to layer with meat and cheese or drizzle with preserves or honey.

Grilled Strawberry-Avocado Toasts with Burrata

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Total: 45 mins, Yield: 4


  • 6 scallions

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered

  • 1 Hass avocado—peeled, pitted, and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • Four 1-inch-thick slices of rustic bread

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 8 ounces burrata, cut into bite-size pieces

  • Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling

  • Flaky sea salt and torn basil, for garnish


  1. Light a grill. Grill the scallions over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, 3 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let cool, then cut into 1-inch lengths. Leave the grill on.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the scallions with the strawberries, avocado, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper. Season with kosher salt and black pepper and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, brush the bread with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter and rub with the garlic clove. Top with the Strawberry Margarita Preserves, burrata, and the strawberry salad. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with flaky sea salt and torn basil; serve.

Spicy Cherry Cordial

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Active: 30 mins, Total: 1 hr, Yield: 4 cups


  • 2 cups Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cardamom pods, smashed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest, plus 1/2 cup fresh juice (from 1 orange), divided

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced


  1. Stir together Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly, water, cardamom pods, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, and ginger in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

  2. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a large heatproof bowl. Pour the  Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly mixture through the strainer into a bowl. Discard solids. Stir orange juice into strained  Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly mixture. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until cooled to room temperature, about 30 minutes. To enjoy, pour a ¼-cup serving over an ice-filled cocktail glass and top up with tonic water, or add a splash to a glass of chilled sparkling white wine.

Tips: Cherry cordial may be stored in resealable glass jars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Orange Marmalade Martini

Monday, June 13, 2022

2 Servings


  • 100ml London Dry gin

  • 30ml Cointreau

  • 30ml fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp. Orange Whiskey Marmalade


  1. Add all ingredients to a Boston cocktail shaker. Shake with ice for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glasses to serve.

  2. Serve with warmed croissants for an indulgent breakfast.

Red, Hot, & Cool Raspberries

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Active: 25 mins, Total: 50 mins, Yield: 4


  • 1 cup Raspberry Chipotle Preserves

  • 2/3 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 2/3 cup cream cheese, softened

  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


  1. Whisk together yogurt and cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

  2. Divide the yogurt mixture among 4 bowls, and top evenly with Raspberry Chipotle Preserves. Garnish with mint leaves, and serve.

Frozen Strawberry Custard with Lemon Curd Swirl

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Active: 1 hr 20 mins, Total: 4 hrs 30 mins, Yield: Makes 2 quarts


  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 cup Lemon Curd


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the heavy cream and milk and bring just to a simmer. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the eggs at medium speed until frothy. Add the vanilla, salt, and the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar. Beat at high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. With the machine on, very gradually whisk in 1 cup of the hot cream mixture, then whisk in the rest. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until thickened, about 15 minutes. (The custard should be thick enough to coat the back of the spatula.)

  2. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large stainless-steel bowl set in an ice-water bath. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until well chilled, about 20 minutes. Stir in the Strawberry Margarita Preserves, then refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

  3. In two batches, freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions; when the custard is thick but not firm, scrape it into a medium bowl, and using a rubber spatula, gently fold in 1/2 cup of the lemon curd per batch. Freeze the strawberry custard in airtight containers until firm, about 2 hours.

Make-Ahead: The custard can be frozen for up to 1 week.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Active: 45 mins, Total: 2 hrs. 5 mins, Yield: 8


  • 4 medium russet potatoes (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled

  • 1 cup of Sweet and Spicy Double Onion Marmalade

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh sage

  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche

  • 1 (1-pound) Fromager d’Affinois round, at room temperature, halved crosswise, rind left on


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot, and add water to cover. Add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let potatoes cool for 30 minutes. Cut potatoes crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and set aside.

  2. Arrange half of the potato slices in an even layer in a 1 1/2-quart oval soufflé dish or 10- x 7- x 1 1/2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Top with half of the Sweet and Spicy Double Onion Marmalade. Layer with remaining potatoes and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Top with remaining Sweet and Spicy Double Onion Marmalade. Dot casserole with spoonfuls of crème fraîche, and arrange Fromager d’Affinois cheese halves (with rind) on top. Place soufflé dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing: Dry, powerful Chablis.

Smoked Cherry Bounce

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Active: 35 mins, Total: 2 hrs 40 mins, Yield: 26


  • Cherry wood chunks

  • 1 cup fresh Bing cherries (about 4 1/2 ounces), stemmed and pitted

  • 2 cups Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • 1 quart (32 ounces) brandy or rye whiskey


  1. Prepare smoker with cherry wood chunks according to manufacturer’s instructions, bringing the internal temperature to about 225°F; maintain temperature 15 to 20 minutes. Place 1 cup (about 4 1/2 ounces) of cherries in an even layer in an 8-inch square disposable aluminum pan, and place on smoker grates. Close lid. Smoke cherries, maintaining the temperature inside the smoker around 225°F, until cherries are infused with the desired degree of smoky flavor, 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

  2. Combine smoked cherries and 2 cups of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until soft. Remove from heat, and let cool for 1 hour.

  3. Pour cherry mixture into a large, clean lidded jar, and top with brandy. Screw lid on tightly, and store in a cool, dark place for 3 months.

Notes: Don’t rush this cordial; our testers found it drinkable after 2 months but exponentially smoother after 3 months.

Grilled Short Ribs with Smoky Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Active: 45 mins, Total: 1 hr 30 mins, Yield: 4


  • 1 pound blackberries

  • 2 teaspoons sweet pimentón de la Vera (sweet smoked paprika)

  • 1 ½ cups of Blackberry Jam

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped, plus 1/4 cup minced

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons seeded and minced chipotles in adobo sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano, plus more for garnish

  • 4 ½ pounds flanken-cut beef short ribs (1/3-inch thick)

  • Thinly sliced radishes, for garnish


  1. Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the blackberries with the pimentón. Spread the berries in a perforated grill pan or in a foil pan with holes poked in it. Grill over moderately high heat, tossing, until the berries just start to burst, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. In a saucepan, heat the 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until just golden. Add the chopped onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until glossy, about 2 minutes. Add the blackberries, Blackberry Jam, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, chipotles, mustard, and cumin, and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until slightly thickened and the berries are very tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Transfer the sauce to a blender and let cool slightly, then puree until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and let cool completely. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce into a bowl and stir in the minced onion, the olive oil, and the 2 tablespoons of oregano. Reserve the remaining sauce for grilled chicken or pork.

  4. Light the grill and oil the grate. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and brush with the Blackberry Jam sauce. Grill over high heat, turning once, until nicely charred, 3 minutes. Continue to grill for 2 minutes more, turning and basting with more sauce, until glazed. Garnish the ribs with radishes and chopped oregano; serve hot.

Make-Ahead: The Blackberry Jam sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Suggested Pairing: Peppery, blackberry-rich Petite Sirah from California was practically made for sticky barbecue.

Huevos Rancheros with Raspberry Chipotle

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Serving Size: 1


  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 jalapeño pepper

  • 1 small white or yellow onion

  • 1 tsp ground cumin


  • Flour tortillas

  • 1 cup cooked black beans

  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic

  • Feta or cotija cheese

  • 1 large egg

  • Olive oil

  • ½ avocado and Chopped cilantro to garnish

  • Raspberry Chipotle Jam


  1. MAKING THE SALSA: In a food processor or blender add tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, cumin, and garlic. Pulse a few times until ingredients are cut into small pieces (be careful not to over blend as it will turn the mix into a paste)

  2. Transfer mix into a bowl and stir in Raspberry Chipotle Jam and set aside

  3. In a small saucepan, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and minced garlic and stir occasionally on medium heat then add black beans, ¼ cup water, reduce to a low heat, and simmer for 10-15 minutes then set aside

  4. Place a sauté or frying pan over high heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook the tortillas – one at a time – until slightly golden

  5. Using the same pan, add a tsp of olive oil or butter, crack in a fresh egg and cook over medium-low heat until egg white is fully opaque and the yolk is golden for a perfect sunnyside up finish

  6. To assemble: place the tortillas on a plate and top with black beans. Add 2 spoonfuls of salsa and sliced avocado. Crumble your choice of feta or cotija cheese and top with the sunnyside egg.

  7. For a delicious smokey, spicy finish, drizzle Raspberry Chipotle Jam over your Huevos Rancheros and sprinkle with chopped cilantro

  8. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Pimento Cheeseburgers with Bacon Jam

Monday, April 18, 2022

Total: 45 mins, Yield: 4

A heavenly bacon cheeseburger. The pimento cheese and sweet Bacon Jam both melt into one dreamy, messy bite—this is not a burger for the faint of palate.


  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1-ounce cream cheese (2 tablespoons), at room temperature

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped jarred pimientos

  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated

  • 1 tablespoon Habanero Jelly

  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, preferably 20% fat

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 4 potato rolls, split and toasted

  • Sliced dill pickles and thinly sliced scallions, for serving

  • Bacon Jam


  1. Make the pimento cheese. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients.

  2. Make the burgers. Form the beef into four ¾-inch-thick patties and season with salt and pepper. In a large cast-iron skillet set on the grate of a preheated grill or on the stovetop, heat the oil. Cook the burgers over moderate heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook, covered, until browned and medium-rare, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Place a burger on each roll's bottom. Top with some of the pimento cheese, Bacon Jam, sliced pickles, and scallions. Close the burgers and serve.

Oatmeal with Strawberries, Toasted Walnuts, and Skyr

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Total: 15 mins Yield: 2


  • ½ cup walnuts

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (about 5 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons skyr (Icelandic yogurt) or Greek yogurt


  1. Heat a medium saucepan. Add the walnuts and cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until toasted and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop. Wipe out the saucepan.

  2. Combine the oats, milk, water, and salt in the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, 7 to 8 minutes.

  3. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls, top with Strawberry Margarita Preserves, and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts. Top with the sliced strawberries and skyr and serve.

Brewsky Sangria

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Makes 8 drinks


  • 10 ounces of Sirop de Liège

  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice

  • Four 12-ounce bottles lager, chilled

  • 1 cup triple sec

  • Ice

  • 2 Bosc pears, sliced, for garnish


Slowly pour the beer into a pitcher. Stir in 1 cup of lemon juice, the triple sec, and the Sirop de Liège. Fill pint glasses halfway with ice. Add the sangria and garnish with the Bosc pear slices.

Ham-Jam Sandwiches

Friday, March 25, 202

~ Total: 10 mins, Yield: 4 to 6

No picnic is complete without these effortless sandwiches from 2007 Best New Chef Gabriel Rucker, the genius behind Portland knockouts Le Pigeon, Canard, and Little Bird Bistro. Best-quality baguettes get a thick slather of butter and goat cheese, dollops of jewel-toned Blueberry Preserves, and ribbons of salty prosciutto. Wrap these sandwiches in plastic wrap and stash them in the top of your cooler for a perfect lunch on a sunny Saturday.


  • 3 ounces goat cheese

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (2 ounces), softened

  • 1 (20-inch) good-quality baguette

  • 5 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

  • 1/3 cup Blueberry Preserves mixed with 1 tablespoon of Mulled Red Wine Jelly


  1. Combine cheese and butter in a bowl of a food processor; pulse until smooth. (Goat cheese butter may be covered & set aside at room temperature until ready to assemble sandwiches, up to 2 hours.)

  2. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise; spread 1 cut side with goat cheese butter, and top with a layer of prosciutto. Spread the second cut side with the Blueberry Wine Preserves, and place on top of the other half. Cut the baguette into even pieces, and serve.

Suggested Pairing: Light-bodied cru Beaujolais.

Jerk-Smoked Duck with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Thursday, March 18, 2022

~ Active: 1 hr 30 mins, Total: overnight plus 3 hrs., Yield: 4 to 6

The combination of jerk seasoning and peach-sweetened barbecue sauce is also a great match for grilled chicken halves.


  • 1 (5-pound) whole duck, giblets removed

  • 1/3 cup Caribbean jerk seasoning (such as McCormick)

  • 1 cup Peach Preserves

  • 4 medium peaches (21 ounces total), halved and pitted

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar


  1. Pat duck dry, and place on a cutting board, breast side down. Using kitchen shears, cut down each side of the backbone. Remove and discard backbone (or reserve for stock). Open duck up to expose breastbone; trim and discard excess fat. Using a sharp knife, cut lengthwise through the center of the breastbone. Continue cutting lengthwise to separate duck into 2 halves. Using your fingers, loosen skin from the duck, being careful not to tear the skin. Using a metal or wooden skewer, prick the skin all over at a 45-degree angle, making sure not to pierce meat. Rub both sides of duck halves with jerk seasoning, and place, skin sides up, in a large pan. Chill, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Let duck stand at room temperature while preheating the charcoal grill, about 30 minutes. Open vents of grill completely. Fill an 8-inch-square disposable aluminum pan with 1 inch of water. Place the water pan on one side of the bottom grill grate. Light charcoal chimney starter filled halfway with briquettes. When briquettes are covered with gray ash, pour onto the empty side of the bottom grate. Place a few pecan or cherry wood chunks on top of hot coals; insert top grate. Cover grill, and adjust the bottom and top vents to bring internal temperature to 225°F to 250°F. Place duck halves, skin sides up, on the grate over the water pan. Cover and smoke, maintaining an internal grill temperature of 225°F to 250°F, 30 minutes.

  3. Line 2 sheets of aluminum foil with parchment paper. Transfer each duck half to a prepared foil sheet; wrap foil sheets tightly to seal and create packets. Place duck packets on the grate over the water pan, and continue smoking, covered, at a grill temperature of 225°F to 250°F, until a meat thermometer inserted in thighs and thickest portions of breast registers 135°F, about 45 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Transfer duck packets to a small insulated bag or cooler, and let rest for 30 minutes.

  4. While the duck rests, light a charcoal chimney starter filled halfway with briquettes. When briquettes are covered with gray ash, remove the top grate of the grill, and pour briquettes over the remaining coals on the bottom grate. Replace top grill grate. Open bottom vent completely to increase internal grill temperature to medium (350°F to 400°F) with the lid removed.

  5. Unwrap duck, and discard foil packets. Place duck halves, skin sides down, over the side of the grill with coals. Grill, uncovered, turning often, until the skin is browned and crispy and a meat thermometer inserted in thighs and thickest parts of breast registers 155°F, about 10 minutes. Remove duck halves from the grill, and let rest for 10 minutes

  6. Season cut sides of peach halves with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place peaches, cut sides down, on oiled grill grates over the side with coals, and grill, uncovered, until charred and softened, 4 to 8 minutes.

  7. In a blender add Peach Preserves, mustard, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth, about 20 seconds. Serve duck with peach barbecue sauce and grilled peach halves.

Suggested Pairing: Smoky, savory Rioja.

Peach & Rosemary Fizz with Peach & Prosecco Preserve

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Makes 2


  • 250ml dry sparkling wine, such as Cava or Prosecco

  • 50ml rosemary simple syrup

  • 2 tbsp Peach Preserves

  • Rosemary sprig to garnish

Rosemary Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 125ml water

  • 100g sugar

  • a few sprigs of rosemary


  1. Combine water, sugar, and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute.

  3. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.

  4. Pour the syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a sieve to remove the rosemary leaves.

  5. Leave to cool before using.

  6. Add one tablespoon of Peach Preserves and 25ml of rosemary simple syrup to a Champagne flute.

  7. Carefully top up with sparkling wine, and gently stir with a bar spoon to mix.

  8. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Agnolotti Pasta with Oma Cheese & Stone Fruit

Tuesday, March 1. 2022

~ Serving Size: 3-4


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 2 large eggs


  • 1 cup Oma cheese

  • ½ cup Mascarpone cheese

  • 2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder

  • Stone Fruit Jam


  • 1 cup white wine

  • 7 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • Stone Fruit Jam


  1. FOR PASTA DOUGH: Create a flour mound, place eggs & yolks into a center cavity, whisk while incorporating flour, then knead until smooth. Shape dough into a ball and rest in a cloth-covered bowl at room temperature for 1 hour

  2. FOR JAM FILLING: Mix 3/4 jar Stone Fruit Jam with Mascarpone and arrowroot powder, then place jam mixture in a pastry bag

  3. FOR PASTA SHEETS: divide the dough into 6 equal pieces & shape it into rectangles. At the largest width setting of the pasta machine, feed a rectangle through, then fold the rectangle's long sides into its center, feed through the machine again, and repeat 5 times until pasta is smooth. Then reduce the width of the pasta sheet by feeding into incrementally smaller width adjustments until reach option number 4- 5

  4. FOR PASTA POUCHES: Trim pasta sheets to 24" long. Pipe a line of Stone Fruit Jam filling down the middle of each sheet then add pieces of Oma cheese on top. Dampen pasta edges with water then fold over filling and gently press pasta to seal. Using your index finger and thumb of both hands, gently pinch-filled pasta rectangle into 1-inch pouches, creating a firm seal. Using a fluted pastry wheel cutter, trim the long pasta edge of the rectangle, then cut between each pouch, place on a parchment paper-lined tray, and dry for 15 minutes

  5. FOR APRICOT SAUCE: Reduce wine in pan on low heat for 15 minutes. Whisking until smooth, gradually add butter, then flour, remaining Stone Fruit Jam , and season with salt and pepper

  6. TO FINISH: Boil pasta pouches for 3 minutes, drain well, plate, dress with a little sauce, and top with a slice of Oma Cheese ~ and Enjoy!

Breakfast Tea Gin Cup

Monday, February 21. 2022

Makes 2


  • 2 Tbsp Plum & Gin Preserves

  • 150ml Special Blend Breakfast Tea

  • 70ml London Dry style gin

  • 50ml fresh lemon juice

  • lemon twist to garnish

  • ice cubes


Brew a small pot of tea & then cool down the liquid by adding a handful of ice cubes. Add the tea, gin, lemon juice, & Plum & Gin Preserves to a large ice-filled cocktail shaker. If you have a small shaker, divide the above into two. Strain into ice-filled china teacups or coupe glasses before garnishing with a lemon twist.

British Bubble & Squeak with Tomato Marmalade

Sunday, February 13. 2022

Serving Size: Serves 2

  • 2 -3 cups diced or sliced, pre-cooked potatoes and assorted green veggies - cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and peas are especially tasty in this dish

  • 1 large egg

  • 4 oz of Curried Tomato Marmalade


  1. In saute pan, drizzle olive oil and cook all veggies with 2 Tbsp of Curried Tomato Marmalade

  2. Squeeze all veggies down with a spatula, flip in the pan, and continue cooking until nice and crispy on both sides - great crispiness is what makes this dish memorably delicious!

  3. Remove from heat and plate your Bubble & Squeak

  4. In a smaller skillet, cook a sunny-side-up egg and place on top of bubble & Squeak with more Curried Tomato Marmalade

  5. Serve hot for a great start to the day ~ and Enjoy

For a delicious crunch, top Bubble & Squeak with slices of Bread & Butter Pickles or Candied Jalapenos

Habanero Jelly & Tofu Stir Fry

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Serving Size: Serves 2


  • 1lb firm tofu, dried

  • 1 ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 1 tsp non-GMO canola oil

  • 2 - 3 ounces scallions, chopped

  • 1 - 2 ounces sesame seeds for garnish

  • 5 Tbsp Habanero Jelly


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, line sheet tray with parchment paper, & brush with oil

  2. Cut tofu into 1' cubes & marinate in 1 cup soy sauce

  3. Place tofu on a lined sheet tray & bake for 15 minutes

  4. Create sauce by mixing the remaining soy sauce with 5 Tbsp Habanero Jelly & gently warm in a small pan

  5. Toss baked tofu in Habanero Jelly sauce

  6. Serve over steamed Jasmine rice, garnish with scallions & sesame seeds ~ & Enjoy!

For extra crunch texture & spicy heat, dice Candied Jalapeno & toss it into the Habanero Jelly sauce

Jam Bellini

Friday, January 28, 2022

Makes 6


  • 150 mls Prosecco, or champagne

  • 1 tbsp jam, any flavor you like, we used Strawberry Margarita Preserves


  1. Add jam to the bottom of a champagne flute or Champagne Coupe glass.

  2. Fill the glass with Prosecco, stir, & serve.

Escargot in Wine

Thursday, January 20, 2022


  • 1 (4 oz.) can escargot, drained

  • 1/4 c. Red Wine Jelly or Moscato Jelly

  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Jelly

  • 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1/2 c. butter

  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tsp. tarragon

  • 2 tbsp. chives


  1. Marinate escargot in the melted Red Wine Jelly, Garlic Jelly, and seasonings - at least 2-3 hours.

  2. Place escargot in shells. Spoon in wine mixture. Marinate.

  3. Press 1 teaspoon butter (softened) over the opening of the shell. (This seals in the escargot.)

  4. Place in baking pan. Bake in 425°F oven for 10-15 minutes until bubbly.

Agnolotti Pasta with Oma, Stone Fruit, & Honey

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Serving Size: Serves 3-4


-1 cup all-purpose flour

-5 egg yolks

-2 large eggs


-1 cup Oma cheese by Jasper Hill

-½ cup Mascarpone cheese (we used Vermont Creamery)

-2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder

-6 oz of Stone Fruit Jelly

-1 Tbsp Honey


  • 1 cup white wine

  • 7 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 oz of Stone Fruit Jelly

  • 1 Tbsp Honey


  1. FOR PASTA DOUGH: Create flour mound, place eggs & yolks into a center cavity, whisk while incorporating flour, then knead until smooth. Shape dough into a ball and rest in a cloth-covered bowl at room temperature for 1 hour.

  2. FOR JAM FILLING: Mix 3/4 jar Stone Fruit Jelly with Mascarpone, arrowroot powder, and honey, then place jam mixture in a pastry bag.

  3. FOR PASTA SHEETS: divide the dough into 6 equal pieces & shape it into rectangles. At the largest width setting of the pasta machine, feed a rectangle through, then fold the rectangle's long sides into its center, feed through the machine again, and repeat 5 times until pasta is smooth. Then reduce the width of the pasta sheet by feeding into incrementally smaller width adjustments until reach option number 4- 5.

  4. FOR PASTA POUCHES: Trim pasta sheets to 24" long. Pipe a line of Stone Fruit Jelly filling down the middle of each sheet then add pieces of Oma cheese on top. Dampen pasta edges with water then fold over filling and gently press pasta to seal. Using your index finger and thumb of both hands, gently pinch-filled pasta rectangle into 1-inch pouches, creating a firm seal. Using a fluted pastry wheel cutter, trim the long pasta edge of the rectangle, then cut between each pouch, place on a parchment paper-lined tray, and dry for 15 minutes.

  5. FOR STONE FRUIT SAUCE: Reduce wine in pan on low heat for 15 minutes. Whisking until smooth, gradually add butter, then flour, remaining Stone Fruit Jelly, and season with salt and pepper.

  6. TO FINISH: Boil pasta pouches for 3 minutes, drain well, plate, dress with a little sauce, and top with a slice of Oma Cheese ~ and Enjoy!

Moqueca Brazilian Fish Stew with Spicy Tomato Marmalade

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Serving Size: Serves 2-3

  • 3 Cod or Halibut fillets cut into approx. 6-ounce pieces

  • 4 Tomatoes, diced

  • cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 Green bell pepper, sliced

  • 9 ounces coconut milk

  • Juice ½ lime

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • Cilantro, chopped

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 4 oz Curried Tomato Marmalade


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and add minced garlic, stirring for 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring

  2. Add bell peppers, paprika, coconut milk, and a jar of Curried Tomato Marmalade and stir

  3. Lay your fish into the stew liquid, cover, and let it cook for 20 minutes on low heat

  4. Add lime juice and salt to taste, stir and garnish with fresh cilantro

Plating tip: place a piece of fish on a plate, add the stew over fish to keep moist, then garnish with 1 tsp Curried Tomato Marmalade accompanied by cilantro or microgreens on top.

Frosty Strawberry-and-Cream Milk Shakes

Monday, December 27, 2021

Yield: 4 shakes


  • 1-pint vanilla ice cream, softened

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves


In a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Top the milkshakes with some of the Strawberry Margarita Preserves and serve.

Juniper-Rubbed Roast Duck with Cherry Jus

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Active: 1 hr 10 mins, Total: 21 hrs 45 mins, Yield: 4


  • 1 (5- to 5 1/2-pound) Pekin duck (aka Long Island duck), with giblets and neck

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries, finely crushed

  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, quartered

  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 celery stalk, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 4 cups cold water, divided

  • 4 bunches of fresh thyme, divided

  • 2 tablespoons kirsch (cherry brandy)

  • 3/4 cup Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. Using a sharp knife or poultry shears, cut off the last 2 joints of duck wings; set aside for broth. Trim and discard excess skin around the neck cavity. Remove neck and giblets from cavity; reserve for broth. Reach into the cavity; pull away any fat deposits, and discard. Using a metal or wooden skewer, prick the skin of the duck all over at a 45-degree angle, taking care not to pierce the meat.

  2. Stir together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of salt, and juniper berries in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon brown sugar mixture inside the cavity of the duck, and rub the remaining mixture over the skin. Place duck on a nonreactive wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet, and chill, uncovered, 18 to 24 hours.

  3. While duck chills, preheat oven to 375°F. Chop reserved wing tips and neck into 2-inch pieces. Place on a rimmed baking sheet with onion, carrot, and celery; add oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer, and roast in a preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until well browned, about 55 minutes. Add 1 cup cold water to the baking sheet, stirring and scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer mixture to a large saucepan; add reserved heart and gizzards. (Save liver for another use.) Stir in the remaining 3 cups cold water and 2 thyme sprigs from 1 bunch. Bring mixture just to a simmer over medium-low. Partially cover, and simmer very gently (do not boil) until reduced to 11/2 cups, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, skimming and discarding any foam that accumulates on the surface. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer over a bowl; discard solids. Chill broth until ready to use.

  4. Preheat oven to 250°F with oven racks in lowest and middle positions. Let duck stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pour water to a depth of 3/4 inch in a large baking pan, and place on the lowest oven rack. Transfer duck, breast side up, to a roasting rack set inside a deep, aluminum foil-lined roasting pan; insert 2 bunches of thyme into the main cavity. Prick skin all over once again with a skewer to ensure rendering. Place roasting pan on middle oven rack, and roast at 250°F until a meat thermometer inserted in thigh and thickest part of breast registers 145°F, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Breast may take longer to register 145°F.) Remove roasting pan; drain and discard cavity juices and drippings in pan. Remove the water pan from the oven, and increase oven temperature to 450°F.

  5. Once the oven has preheated to 450°F, return the duck in the drained roasting pan to the middle oven rack. Roast until skin is dark and crisp, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, skim the fat off the surface of chilled duck broth, and discard. Transfer skimmed broth to a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 20 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside, and keep warm.

  6. Remove the roasting rack with duck from the roasting pan. Drain and discard foil and drippings from the pan; wipe pan clean. Return roasting rack with duck to roasting pan; set on a heatproof surface, and let rest 15 minutes. Remove and discard thyme in the cavity. Quickly run the remaining 2 bunches of thyme under water to dampen; stuff the damp thyme into the cavity.

  7. Place kirsch in a heatproof measuring cup with a spout. Heat a small saucepan over medium until warm, about 30 seconds. Remove saucepan from heat, turn off the burner, and pour in kirsch. Using a utility lighter, carefully ignite fumes just above the surface of the kirsch. Slowly and carefully pour the flaming liquid over the duck. Once flames extinguish, transfer duck to a cutting board. Pour residual kirsch from the roasting pan into the reduced broth. Add Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly and cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Swirl in butter until emulsified. Carve duck, and serve with sauce.


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Serving Size: Serves 6


-5 large potatoes, diced into 1” cubes (Yukon Gold or Russet)

-⅓ cup olive oil

-8 large eggs

-4 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade


1. Bring a skillet to medium heat, add olive oil, potatoes, & stew until softened

2. Strain potatoes into a bowl & save half the oil

3. Beat eggs with 2 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade, pour over potatoes, season with salt & pepper

4. Add saved oil back to the skillet, add potato mix & - with a spatula - gently shape omelet & cook 5 to 7 minutes

5. Place a flat plate over the skillet, invert - placing omelet on the plate - & then ease back into the skillet to cook another side until golden

6. Remove from skillet, serve with a little extra Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade on the side ~ & Enjoy!

For a deliciously spicy, textured finish to your tortilla, dice candied Jalapenos & add to potato mix just before cooking

This tortilla is also phenomenal made with our Curried Tomato Marmalade for a light, bright flavor ~ So Good!

Cranberry & Cherry Punch

Friday, December 3, 2021

Serves 4-6


  • 150ml vodka

  • 200ml cranberry juice

  • 200ml cherry juice

  • soda water top-up

  • 3 tsp Cranberry Orange Jelly

  • 3 tsp Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • fresh mint & orange zest twists to garnish

  • ice


  1. Add the Cranberry Orange Jelly, Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly, vodka, cherry juice, & cranberry juice into a large pitcher.

  2. Stir well with a bar spoon to mix together. Fill with a generous handful of ice cubes & top up with soda water.

  3. Garnish with fresh mint leaves & fresh orange peel.

Eggplant & Pumpkin Seed Bruschetta

Thursday, November 25, 2021


  • French bread

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Cream cheese

  • Goat cheese- at least 4 oz.

  • 2 tea Honey

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Eggplant Cinnamon Jam


1. Mix equal parts of cream & goat cheeses. Leave the cream cheese on the counter for an hour to get soft. Add honey & mix.

2. Slice your French bread, coat with EVOO, salt, & pepper. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

3. Layer on the cheese mixture, Eggplant Cinnamon Jam, and pumpkin seeds

Cranberry Spritz

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin

  • 1 tablespoon of Cranberry Orange Jelly

  • 3 ounces of sparkling wine

Combine Cranberry Orange Jelly and gin in a shaker filled with ice and shake until the shaker becomes uncomfortably cold. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with frozen cranberries if you have any lying around.

Pasta with Pumpkin Brown Butter Sauce

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Total: 15 mins, Yield: 4


  • 1 pound fresh pasta, or any preferred fresh or dried pasta

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons minced shallots

  • 12 sage leaves, roughly chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin butter

  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish


  1. In a large, deep skillet of simmering salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water.

  2. In a small skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the crushed red pepper flakes, minced shallots, sage leaves, salt, and pepper. Whisk until butter begins to bubble and brown. Stir in the pumpkin butter, a splash of pasta water, and whisk to combine until saucy. Toss with cooked pasta. Garnish with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Pumpkin Mousse

Monday, November 1, 2021

Total: 10 mins, Yield: 4


-1/2 cup pumpkin butter

-1/4 cup crème Fraiche

-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin butter into the crème Fraiche. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the pumpkin mixture into the freshly whipped cream until combined. Spoon into ramekins & refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Sour Cherry–Glazed Ribs

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Active: 1 hr, Total: 3 hrs 30 mins, Yield: 4 to 6


  • Two 2-pound racks baby back ribs, membrane removed from the underside of each rack

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 small shallots, minced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2.5 cups of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°. Set a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and set the meat side up on the rack. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the shallots and half of the garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 1.5 cups of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly and cook until melted. Let the barbecue sauce cool, then season with salt and pepper.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly with the stock and the remaining garlic. Stack four 18-inch-long sheets of heavy-duty foil in 2 piles on a work surface. Set 1 rack of ribs meat side down in the center of each. Fold up the foil to form 4 sides and pour half of the stock mixture on each rack. Wrap the ribs tightly in the foil, then transfer the packets to the rack and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, until the ribs are very tender. Remove from the oven and open the packets. Let stand for 5 minutes, then discard the cooking liquid and foil. Return the ribs to the rack meat side up.

  4. Increase the oven temperature to 450°. Brush the ribs liberally with the Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly barbecue sauce and bake, turning and brushing occasionally with the sauce, for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely glazed. Let rest for 5 minutes, then cut in between the bones and serve.

Make-Ahead: The barbecue sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Spicy Pizza Portuguesa with Eggs, Ham, & Olives

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Serving Size: 12-inch pizza

  • 1 pre-made pizza dough

  • 3 boiled eggs, peeled

  • 7-8 green or black olives

  • ½ white or yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 8 ounces shredded ham

  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced

  • Chopped fresh oregano (optional)

  • Apple Hot Pepper Jelly


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and hold at this temperature for 30 - 40 minutes. If a pizza stone is available, place it on the middle rack and heat with the oven

  2. Place cherry tomatoes on parchment paper-lined sheet tray, roast for 7 minutes then remove from oven and set aside

  3. Stretch pizza dough to approximately 12” on a floured surface

  4. Spread 3-4 Tbsp Apple Hot Pepper Jelly on your dough

  5. Add ham, onion, and olives, then slice hard-boiled eggs into 3-4 slices and place around the pizza

  6. Add cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and finish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh oregano (optional)

  7. Bake pizza for 15-18 minutes on the middle rack, or stone, of your oven, then slice and Enjoy!

Cheesy French Onion Tartiflette

Friday, October 8, 2021

Serving Size: 4


  • 2.5 lbs Russet potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch thin slices

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1/3 cup white wine

  • 14 ounces cheese, half aged cheddar, and half-soft cheese

  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose or gluten-free flour

  • Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

2. Stack potato slices vertically then spread out horizontally in a casserole dish and drizzle with a dash of olive oil

3. Melt butter in a medium-heat saucepan, add flour, and stir constantly for 2 - 3 minutes to make a roux

4. Add milk and wine to your roux, simmer until thickens, then add 1/4 jar Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade and melt in cheddar

5. Pour sauce over potatoes, top with soft cheese slices, and finish with dollops of Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade

6. Cover with foil, bake 1 hour, remove foil, then bake further 40 minutes until potatoes are cooked and golden

7. Garnish with parsley ~ and Enjoy!

We also love Tartiflette with Curried Tomato Marmalade and cheddar, and our Garlic Jelly with a creamy blue ~ So Good!

Almond Rice Pudding with Spicy Cherry Sauce and Caramel Cream

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Active: 50 mins, Total: 2 hrs, Yield: 8


  • 1 cup arborio rice

  • 5 cups whole milk

  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise, seeds scraped and pods reserved)

  • 6 tablespoons sugar

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 cups Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup water (boiling)

  • 2 ¼ cups heavy cream

  • 1 ¼ cups almonds (7 ounces whole blanched)


  1. Bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Stir in the milk and one of the vanilla bean pods and its seeds and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Immediately stir in 6 tablespoons of the sugar and 2 pinches of salt. Let cool, then discard the vanilla bean pod. Cover the rice pudding and refrigerate overnight.

  2. In a medium saucepan, keep the Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly warm.

  3. In another medium saucepan, cook the remaining 1 cup of sugar over moderate heat, stirring, until a golden caramel forms, about 9 minutes; brush down the side of the pan with a wet pastry brush if crystals form. While whisking, slowly and carefully pour the boiling water into the caramel. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.

  4. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat 1 1/4 cups of the cream until soft peaks form. Using a spatula, fold the caramel into the whipped cream.

  5. Stir the almonds into the chilled rice pudding. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of cream until firm peaks form, about 3 minutes. Fold the cream into the pudding and serve with the Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly and caramel sauce.

Make-Ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.

Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Total: 30 mins, Yield: 6 to 8


  • 1/2 cup Moscato Wine Jelly

  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled

  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb (2 large stalks), plus six 4-inch grilled stalks for garnish (optional)

  • One 2-inch piece of vanilla bean split lengthwise

  • 1 sprig of lemon verbena or lemon thyme, plus more for garnish

  • 6 wooden skewers, soaked in water

  • One 750-ml bottle Prosecco Brut, chilled

  • Ice


In a small pot, combine the brown sugar and white wine with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Dice 4 of the strawberries and add them to the syrup along with the chopped rhubarb and the vanilla bean. Simmer until the rhubarb is tender, 4 minutes. Transfer the syrup to a heatproof bowl and add the sprig of lemon verbena. Let cool, then refrigerate until cooled completely, about 45 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids.

Light a grill. Thread the remaining strawberries on the skewers and grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut the strawberries in half lengthwise.

In a pitcher, combine Moscato Wine Jelly, Strawberry Margarita Preserves, the rhubarb syrup with half of the grilled strawberries, and the Prosecco. Serve the sangria over ice, garnished with the remaining grilled strawberries, lemon verbena sprigs, and grilled rhubarb stalks, if using.

Strawberry Cake with Sour Whipped Cream

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Active: 30 mins, Total: 3 hrs, Yield: 8



  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered, plus more for serving

  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 egg yolks (large at room temperature)

  • 2 eggs (large at room temperature)

  • 1/4 Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • ⅓ cup sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1 cup Strawberry Margarita Preserves

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Make the cake In a medium bowl, mix the 1 pound of strawberries with 1/4 cup of sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain the berries through a fine-mesh sieve set over a small bowl. In a food processor, pulse the macerated strawberries until finely chopped.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325°. Generously butter a 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk the 2 1/3 cups of flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the 1 1/2 sticks of butter with the remaining 1 cup of sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the egg yolks and eggs, one at a time, until just incorporated; scrape down the side of the bowl. At low speed, beat in the 1/4 cup of Strawberry Margarita Preserves, sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat in the dry ingredients until just combined, then beat in the chopped strawberries. Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs. Transfer to a rack and let cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Invert the cake onto the cooling rack, then set the rack on the baking sheet.

  3. Meanwhile, make the toppings. In a small saucepan, warm 1 cup of Strawberry Margarita Preserves, stirring until the jam is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Using a wooden skewer, gently poke holes all over the cake. Slowly pour the Strawberry Margarita Preserves over the top, letting it get absorbed before adding more. Let the cake cool completely.

  4. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the heavy cream, sour cream, and a tad of sugar until soft peaks form. Slice the cake and serve with the sour whipped cream, reserved Strawberry Margarita Preserves, and more fresh strawberries.

Make-Ahead: The cake can be prepared through Step 2 and loosely wrapped in foil. Store at room temperature overnight.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Yield: 1 cake

  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour

  • 10 ½ ounces cane sugar

  • 4 free-range eggs

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • Orange Cinnamon Marmalade


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F, grease a medium-size cake pan, and line with parchment paper

  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time continuing to mix well. Gradually add flour, a pinch of salt, and ⅓ jar Orange Cinnamon Marmalade

  3. Pour cake mix into cake pan and bake 50-60 minutes until golden

  4. Let cake cool, glaze with ⅓ jar Orange Cinnamon Marmalade, slice, and Enjoy!

Prime Rib with Spicy Cherry Conserva, Truffle, & Chocolate

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Active: 1 hr 15 mins, Total: 5 hrs 15 mins, Yield: 12 to 14


  • One 14-pound 50-day dry-aged prime rib roast, rib bones frenched

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 bunches of long rosemary sprigs

  • 1.5 - 2 cups of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly

  • Softened beurre de baratte or other European-style butter

  • Finely grated bitter chocolate (80%)

  • Shaved summer truffle, such as Périgord, for serving


1. Put the prime rib roast on a large rimmed baking sheet and generously season all over with salt. Refrigerate uncovered overnight. Let the roast stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking.

2. Preheat the oven to 475°. Set a rack in a large roasting pan and lay the rosemary sprigs across the rack. Season the roast all over with salt and set it on the rosemary, fat side up. Roast for 30 minutes, until browned. Reduce the oven temperature to 275° and roast for 40 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers about 65°. Remove from the oven and let stand for 30 minutes. Return the roast to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 125°, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the Scotch Bonnet Cherry Jelly with a pinch of salt and pepper over moderately high heat until soft. Keep warm over very low heat.

4. Transfer the roast to a very large carving board. Carve between the bones. Spread the steaks with some softened butter and top with the warm Scotch Bonnet Cherry conserva, finely grated chocolate, and shaved truffle. Serve.

Yucatán Garlic Butter Shrimp

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Prep Time: 5 Minutes, Cook Time: 8 Minutes, Total Time: 13 Minutes, Servings: 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, 1 stick

  • 4 tablespoons of Garlic Jelly

  • 1 tablespoon of Habanero Jelly

  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3 tablespoons fresh key lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

  • Salt


  1. Place a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, Garlic Jelly, Habanero Jelly, and the crushed red pepper and melt for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the shrimp to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir, and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the shrimp turn pink and form C's. (If they shrink into O's, you've overcooked them.)

  3. Turn the heat off and stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Taste, then season with salt as needed.

  4. Serve warm.

Strawberry, Banana, and Almond Butter Smoothie

Friday, August 13, 2021

Total: 10 mins, Yield: 1 drink


  • 1 frozen peeled banana (cut into -inch pieces)

  • ½ cup frozen strawberries

  • ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon plus teaspoon almond butter

  • 3 tablespoons of Strawberry Banana Jam

  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth



Thursday, August 5, 2021

Serving Size: Serves 4


  • 2lbs ground beef

  • 3 small bell peppers, diced

  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs and 2 whole slices of bread

  • 6 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup white wine

  • Parsley, chopped

  • Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F

  2. In a bowl, combine beef, egg, breadcrumbs, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and a handful of parsley with your hands

  3. Shape meatballs by rolling portions of the beef mixture between the palms of your hands

  4. Coat each meatball in flour and set it aside

  5. Preheat a skillet over high heat and add 3 Tbsp olive oil

  6. Add meatballs to skillet and brown on the outside to seal in the juices and create a delicious crust. Remove from heat

  7. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add remaining olive oil and toast almonds, stirring occasionally

  8. Tear bread slices into large pieces and add to saucepan, letting ingredients absorb the oils then remove from heat

  9. Add wine, ⅓ cup water, Sweet & Spicy Double Onion Marmalade, diced bell peppers and simmer to reduce the sauce and emulsify the mixture

  10. Add meatballs to the sauce, simmer for a further 10 minutes, and season with salt and pepper to taste

  11. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes then garnish with parsley

  12. Serve with rice or - the Spanish way - with patatas fritas (French fries) and Enjoy!

No-Cook Blackberry Lemon Ice Cream

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Makes 2 quarts


  • 2 cups pureed blackberries

  • 1/4 cup Blackberry Jam

  • 1/4 cup Meyer Lemon Marmalade

  • 3 cups half and half

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk


  1. Whisk all your ingredients in a large bowl.  If you want the ice cream to be extra smooth, straining the mixture through a sieve to remove the blackberry seeds.

  2. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 8 hours.

  3. Add the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.  Stick the finished ice cream in the freezer for at least an hour before serving to harden it even more.  

Summer Berry Pudding

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

~PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES, 10 Servings


  • 6 cups of Tutti Frutti Preserves

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1-lb. loaf brioche or challah bread, cut crosswise into 1' slices

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Line pan with plastic wrap. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Spread bread slices with butter. Mix 2 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over bread slices.

  3. Drizzle 1/2 cup warm Tutti Frutti Preserves over the bottom of the pan. Line pan with a single layer of bread, cutting to fit as needed. Pour 1 1/2 cups Tutti Frutti Preserves over. Repeat layering 2 more times. Pour any remaining Tutti Frutti Preserves over. Cover with plastic. Set a plate slightly smaller than the pan on top of the pudding to weigh down, keeping bread submerged. Chill for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Remove plate and plastic from the top of the pudding. Invert onto a plate. Release pan sides; remove pan and plastic.

Grilled Corn with Mango-Habanero Butter

Monday, July 12, 2021


  • 1 cup mango Mango Peach Jalapeño Jam

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons packed cilantro leaves, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 8 ears of corn


  1. In a food processor add Mango Peach Jalapeño Jam, the butter, cilantro leaves, and salt and puree until smooth. Scrape the mango butter into a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Pull the corn husks down to the base of the stalks, leaving the husks attached. Discard the corn silk. Using butcher string, tie back the husks. Fill a large bowl with cold, salted water and submerge the corn for 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the corn but don't pat dry. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until tender and browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Transfer the corn to plates, spread with the mango-habanero butter, and serve.

Make-Ahead: The mango-habanero butter can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

A Blackberry Jam Bramble

Sunday, July 4, 2021


  • 2 1/2 ounces of gin

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons Blackberry Jam

Combine everything in a shaker filled with ice and shake until it gets too cold to hold. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a lowball filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a strip or lemon zest, or a blackberry if you have one lying around.

Elevated Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Saturday, June 26, 2021

~7 Minutes Reading Time

Today we're taking a page out of Insider's Erin McDowell's book with 20 easy ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches better using things you have in your kitchen.


To add a ton of flavor to a simple grilled cheese, adding ingredients like chutney, tomato jam, or bacon jam can totally change the flavor profile... If you've got sweet or savory condiments like pepper jelly or onion relish sitting in the back of your fridge, those work great in a grilled cheese...

Sourdough Bread

"You don't want to choose a bread that's super dense or something that's not going to get crisp," Laura Werlin, the author of "Grilled Cheese, Please" and "Great Grilled Cheese" told Insider. "Sourdough is my go-to bread for grilled cheese sandwiches. It's the most versatile and keeps it interesting. Texturally, it's got all these little nooks and crannies that allow the butter, oil, or mayonnaise to really crisp up."

"You want to get the ratio of bread to cheese right, and you're not going to get that if your bread is too thick," she continued. "A half-inch slice of bread is what I recommend."

"What you want to be careful of is choosing a bread that has sugar in it," Heidi Gibson said. "If your bread has sugar in it, it will burn more quickly. You're going to be better off with a more rustic bread than a loaf of processed sandwich bread."

Grated Cheese

"With grilled cheese sandwiches, the world is your oyster," Laura Werlin told Insider. "You can put almost anything you like in between two slices of bread with cheese and grill it. However, it's called a grilled cheese for a reason — you still want the cheese to be the star."

"Grated cheese often works better than sliced cheese," Werlin said. "That's because you want the cheese to melt as quickly as possible, so the bread doesn't have a chance to burn. There's nothing more disappointing than making a grilled cheese sandwich and cutting it open to find the cheese isn't oozing out because it's not cooked through."

Werlin also explains that you can mix butter with some grated Parmesan and brush it on the outside to get a crispy coating.

Experimenting with different cheeses, like blue cheese, can seriously up your grilled cheese game.

Blue Cheese

Werlin recommends using cheeses that are "medium to medium-hard," such as Monterey Jack, Swiss, or Gruyere. Heidi Gibson also recommends a cheese like Havarti, which is a little softer and melts very easily.

You can also experiment with cheeses that have a distinct flavor, such as goat cheese, blue cheese, or ricotta. However, you want to be sure that none of the other ingredients compete or distract with the flavor of the cheese you choose.

"The cheese or cheeses that you use will determine the ooze factor," Werlin said. "There's nothing better than melted brie, but if you use just that on a grilled cheese sandwich it doesn't become a stretchy cheese, it just becomes kind of messy. If you want the stretchy factor, you're going to want to add a slightly harder cheese to get that stretch factor."


Mayonnaise can add another savory flavor element to a grilled cheese sandwich, so you just want to be wary if you're using other strongly flavored ingredients. "Mayonnaise definitely makes for a crisp sandwich, there's no question," Laura Werlin said. Many home cooks swear by smearing your bread in mayonnaise to get your sandwich extra crispy.


However, butter is a chef-approved alternative that adds a deliciously rich flavor to grilled cheese. "With grilled cheese sandwiches, it's a canvas," Heidi Gibson, the co-owner of American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco, co-author of "Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between," and winner of multiple grilled cheese competitions, told Insider. "There's a lot of flexibility there. For me, that's part of the fun. How can I make a grilled cheese sandwich into something extraordinary with these humble beginnings?"

Both Laura Werlin and Heidi Gibson swear by using butter on the outside of grilled cheese sandwiches. "I just love butter so much and the richness it brings to a sandwich," Werlin said. "What's on the inside will really dictate what fat I'm using. For example, if I'm making a riff on an Italian Caprese sandwich with tomato and basil, I'm not going to use butter. I'm going to use olive oil."

"You can also make a compound butter by softening the butter and mixing in whichever spices you want to use," Gibson said. "You can add chipotle powder, garlic, sage, rosemary, or thyme and get even more flavor in there. When you spread it on the outside, you get those layers of flavor."

Olive Oil

You can also experiment with different kinds of oils on the outside of your grilled cheese. You can elevate the flavor of your grilled cheese by smearing the outside of your bread with everything from olive oil to truffle oil. Werlin recommends always spreading or brushing the oil directly onto the bread, rather than in the pan, so that the bread gets evenly crispy.

Whether you're using oil, butter, or mayonnaise, Werlin also recommends using a nonstick pan for cooking your grilled cheese sandwich and covering it to expedite the melting of the cheese.

Peanut Butter

In her book "Grilled Cheese, Please," Laura Werlin gives a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich with whole wheat bread, peanut butter, bologna slices, cheese, and dill pickles. Though this might sound disgusting, she explains that, somehow, the flavors all come together. "I cook those bologna slices a little bit to get them crispy and put a little mayonnaise on the outside," she told Insider. "It sounds weird, but it's honestly really good."


Bacon makes everything more delicious, including grilled cheese sandwiches. Bacon is an ingredient that might already be in your fridge or on your weekly grocery list, and adding it to a grilled cheese sandwich can take your meal to the next level.


Ham pairs perfectly with easily melted cheeses like Swiss or Gorgonzola and adds a ton of flavor without any extra prep work. Simply add a slice or two or your favorite sandwich ham and you're good to go. "Ham is great, but it should be thinly sliced," Werlin said. "You're adding that smokey flavor."


Cured meats like pancetta or bacon last longer in your fridge than fresh meats and make a great addition to most grilled cheese sandwich combinations. "I do like pancetta on grilled cheese sandwiches," Werlin said. "The only caveat is that, like bacon, you're going to have to cook it first."

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, broccoli rabe, or arugula can add a fresh quality and cut through the richness of the cheese. A grilled cheese made with rich, gooey cheese and heavy bread can easily become too rich. Adding leafy greens and other vegetables can cut through that richness and make your sandwich more balanced. "Arugula and spinach will melt brilliantly," Werlin said. "Almost any vegetable will lend itself to a grilled cheese sandwich, but if it's a hard vegetable like a carrot or broccoli or cauliflower, but they have to be briefly cooked first."

Cream Cheese

Adding a smear of your favorite flavored cream cheese can also make for an extra creamy sandwich. Whether you opt for plain, scallion, or onion and chives, a light dolloping of cream cheese is sure to take your sandwich to the next level. However, be sure to either grill your sandwich quickly or go light on the cream cheese, as it will melt very quickly.


Avocado adds a delicious creamy aspect to grilled cheeses, but you might want to choose a harder cheese with a slightly higher melting point so it doesn't make your sandwich too moist.

Roasted Peppers

Roasted or sautéed peppers also add a lot of flavor and texture to grilled cheese sandwiches. Bell peppers can be used in a number of different recipes, so they'll never go to waste in your fridge. However, if you're using them in a grilled cheese sandwich, Laura Werlin recommends cooking them a little bit before adding them.

"Bell peppers should be a little bit softer when you put them in, so you might want to roast them," she said. "The key with vegetables is getting the water out, otherwise you end up with a watery grilled cheese," Heidi Gibson told Insider.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Heidi Gibson explains that part of the magic of making a gourmet grilled cheese is taking the flavor combinations you love and figuring out how to incorporate them into a grilled cheese sandwich. "If you look at Italian dishes like butternut squash and sage ravioli, you can make that into a grilled cheese," she told Insider. "It's reformatting those beloved flavors. Butternut squash, Fontina cheese, and sage are great in a grilled cheese. You can make sage butter, roast slices of butternut squash, play with it, and voilà, you've got a really interesting grilled cheese."

Pickled Red Onion

Pickled red onion adds a briny flavor to grilled cheese sandwiches and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Laura Werlin and Heidi Gibson that adding pickled red onions is one way to easily elevate your grilled cheese sandwiches without a ton of effort. "It takes five minutes to make pickled red onions and they work so well," Gibson said.


Pickles also add a fantastic crunch to grilled cheese sandwiches. "Pickled items are really delicious, particularly when you're using Alpine-style cheeses like Gruyere or Raclette," Werlin told Insider.

"Olives and pickled okra also work really well in a grilled cheese," Gibson said. "Any time of pickle with a hard acid really balances out the cheese."


Tomato slices are a fan-favorite addition to grilled cheese sandwiches. Cheese and tomato are a match made in heaven, so why not add this common ingredient to grilled cheese? Werlin also explains that tomatoes are a great addition because you don't have to pre-cook them before adding them to a grilled cheese sandwich.


If you have leftovers hanging around your kitchen, try incorporating them into your grilled cheese. "You can take Indian dishes like butter chicken or chicken tagine you might have prepared the night before and put that inside a grilled cheese," Heidi Gibson told Insider. "It's delicious."

A Sidecar Named Desire

Friday, June 18, 2021


  • 2 ounces cognac

  • 3 tablespoons Stone Fruit Jam

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice, with a piece of the lemon zest set aside

Combine everything in a shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled coupe glass, and express the oils from the zest over your drink. If you feel like throwing some cocktail bitter in there for extra depth, you can.

Four Ingredients Glazed Sous-Vide Lamb Shanks

Thursday, June 10, 2021

~Total: 40 mins, Yield: 4


  • 2 lamb shanks

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup of Scotch Bonnet Cherry Preserves

  • 1/4 cup mustard (Both Dijon and yellow work well.)

Liberally season every side of each shank with kosher salt—it should be coated, but not caked—and place them in a vacuum, sous-vide, or double freezer bag (just set one freezer bag inside another). Seal with a vacuum sealer or express the excess air using the water-immersion technique, then let the shanks hang out in the bath at 170℉ for 24 hours.

Once the cooking time has elapsed, remove the bag from the bath, set the shanks in an oven-safe dish, and pour the juices through a sieve into a sauce pan, along with the Scotch Bonnet Cherry Preserves and mustard. Whisk to combine, then heat over medium-high heat until simmering. Let reduce until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, then brush it over the lamb. Pop the lamb under the broiler for a few minutes, until the glaze starts to bubble and caramelize, then brush it with even more glaze. Serve with the rest of your feast.

A Morning Martini

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


  • 3 generous bar spoons of Mango Peach Jalapeño Jam

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 2 ounces gin

Add Mango Peach Jalapeño Jam and lemon juice to the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker and stir until jam dissolves. Add gin and fill shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Sip and start your day off delightfully.

Sweet Wine Glazed Bananas

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


  • 3 firm bananas sliced or halved

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup Mulled Red Wine Jelly


Fry firm bananas in butter until cooked through. Add Mulled Red Wine Jelly and continue to cook until the bananas are coated. Serve over French toast, waffles, pancakes or French vanilla ice cream.