Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Quick Jam

Back on Monday I mentioned going to the farmers market and picking up some lovely berries for jam making.  I also promised to post the super easy recipe for Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Quick Jam. It ended up being a cross between a thick jam and a berry syrup, and the lemon juice made it perfectly tart. It was just perfect for drizzling over pound cake for desert. Seeing as how this is the first jam I’ve ever made, I’m officially hooked. I may never buy store bought jam again.

And now on with the show….

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 pound fresh raspberries

vanilla bean scraped of its seeds, pod reserved (I used a teaspoon of vanilla extract because I just couldn’t find real vanilla beans)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

juice of 1 lemon

  • Hull the strawberries
  • Place strawberries, raspberries, vanilla, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until fruit breaks down and liquid thickens.
  • Remove from heat, and place in jars. Mine ended up making about three small canning jars full of jam.
  • Place in refrigerator to cool.

Per the original recipe from Joy The Baker (I just love her blog), this lasts up to 10 days covered and sealed in the fridge.



The Weekend Review

Hi Friends! I hope you all had fantastic, relaxing and fun weekends like we sure did. I love weekends where nothing important or required gets done (except maybe tidying up the apartment). It’s nice every once in a while to just chill out and do only the things you really want to do! Here’s a little walk through our weekend…

While The Mister slept off a long work week, I started off Saturday bright and early with a trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Here’s what I came home with. A bouquet of pretty dahlias. A jar of lemon curd for no good reason at all. Raspberries, strawberries and a lemon for quick jam making (I’ll post the recipe a little later this week). And, ingredients for awesome sandwiches: Rustic sandwich rolls from Acme Bread Company, cow’s milk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery (I normally go for their Devil’s Gulch variety, but it was out of season, so not this time), Brown Sugar and Fennel Salami from Boccalone Salumeria, some random green leafy vegis which I forgot the name of, and a little organic red onion. Add a little mustard and you have a marvelous lunch!

As previously mentioned, next up on the weekend agenda was Strawberry Raspberry Vanilla Quick Jam making. I made this while Tim played Super Mario Brothers on Wii. It has to be the easiest, recipe ever! We ate this, once chilled, drizzled over pound cake with a little lemon curd on the side for desert. Amazing, is all I have to say about that.

Finally, we rounded out Saturday with a trip to Best Buy to….wait for it….buy The Hunger Games of course. Yes, it came out on Saturday. Yes, I dragged Tim out to buy it. Yes, we watched it. And yes, I really am that much of a nerd. I can’t wait for the next in the series to hit theaters.

Now on to Sunday. Sunday started early for me. Are you starting to sense a trend? The cats have total meltdowns if not fed by 6:30 am most days, so seeing as how I was up at that hour I took it as a great chance to catch up on my weekend reading pile. In the pile this weekend: Faithful Place by Tana French, a canning and preserving cookbook/guide, my camera’s manual, and the West Elm catalogue.

Next up on Sunday’s agenda? Golden Gate Fields for a little horse racing! You guys probably know by now that Tim and I love horse racing, and this weekend was the opening weekend for the summer meet, so naturally we planned to go. My strategy for picking horses has always been to make my initial picks based of which horses I like the look of, and then look at the odds. Yep, I pick horses because they’re pretty, or tall and lean, or because they just look like they want to go out there and win a race.  This was a perfect formula for the eighth race. A gorgeous dark brown gal named Pleasing Sunrise was circling the viewing area before the race, and every time she rounded the corner she looked right at me. Flat out starred me down. It was kinda like she was saying “come on, bet on me, I’m gonna go out there and kick some ass.” It didn’t seem to matter to me that her odds were 23-1. That horse looked right at me, you bet I was gonna put some money on her. So I placed my bet. I made a $12 exacta box bet with her, and three other of my favorites to come in first or second in any order. And, I’ll be damned if that long-shot horse didn’t launch a last minute affront out of nowhere at the tale end of the race and ended up finishing second. Add that to another of my picks, a 6-1 named Koby Jo coming in first, and I walked away from that race with a nice $128 payout! Not a bad day at the races.

And what weekend, or any day of the week for that matter, would be complete without having to yell at Annie a good ten times throughout the day to “GET OFF THE TABLE!” She never listens to me, but you better believe she listens to Tim. Aparently the tone of his voice conveys a more urgent sense of doom then mine does…

And, there you have it! What fun things did you guys do this weekend?