Fun Outing For Foodies

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The other day a student told me about a place she likes to go to in Murphys. I was excited to hear about it because I love that little town. I also have two places I enjoy in Murphys. The place she likes is called Marisolio Tasting Bar.

I took a drive to Murphys to check this place out. I was like a little kid in a candy shop. They have all natural Harissa infused olive oils, delicacy oils, infused vinegar, pastas ( some of the pastas are gluten-free and they give a recipe for each pasta if you want) olives from Spain, recipes and some sweet things for gifts. You are invited to taste the oils and vinegars. They help you find the perfect pairing with the oils and vinegars. The person that helped me was very nice and very knowledgeable about the products.They also have cooking classes. Of course, I purchased a few things to come home and play with. I got my parents some gluten-free pasta and for me, cranberry pear balsamic, blood orange infused olive oil, chipotle hot olive oil, lemongrass mint balsamic and roasted walnut oil. I have created Roasted Walnut Onion Jam. It is so yummy and I will use it in many ways. I made ravioli with it and drizzled the roasted walnut oil on top. It is great to put it on a cracker with goat cheese as an appetizer or in a grilled provolone cheese sandwich, or on top of a steak. With the Lemongrass mint balsamic I made a glaze. My friend had just given me a bag of Meyers Lemons. I will use this glaze on chicken. Seeing how it was the holidays I haven’t had time to play with the other products that I purchased. I will keep you informed of what I make next. I will definitely be visiting this place again.

If you haven’t been to Murphys I would highly recommend you go. You park the car and all the great shops and wineries are walking distance from each other. After spending time at Marisolio Tasting Bar I walked over to “ The Spice Tin.” I found this place a few years back. It has some very unusual things like “ Bourbon Smoked Sugar “ I had a lot of fun with this one. I made Bourbon Smoked Peach Butter. They suggest you use it for grilled meat. They have 170 spices and herbs, BBQ blends, sauces and dips and sea salts from all over the world, and a variety of flavor infused sea salts. Plus they have some wonderful gifts like wooden bowls, salt and pepper shakers, cook books, marble salt bowls and so much more. Of course I picked up a few things here too, Dry Kaffir Lime Leaves ( to use when I’m making Thai food ) , Curry Green, Thai Coconut powder ( they suggest you make a paste to marinate chicken), Moroccan Spiced Couscous, Paprika from Spain, Bourbon Smoked Black Pepper and some cinnamon.

Next, I walked to “ Creative Cookware “, what a beautiful store with just about everything you would need. They have a big selection of cutting boards, dishes, tea pots, tea, and cook books and so much more. I always enjoy going to this store.

Here is the information on all three stores.

Marisolio Tasting Bar ; 488 Main Street, Suite 101, Murphys, Ca. 95247
209-728-8853 http://www.marisolio.com

The Spice Tin ; 457 Algiers Street, Murphys, Ca. 95247
209-728- 8225 http://www.thespicetin.com

Creative Cookware LLC ; 402 B. Main Street, Murphys, Ca. 95247
209-728-8303 http://www.creativecookwaremurphys.com

Come to the Gold Country, take a canning class with All In A Jar and make it a fun weekend. We have so much to do here. There are lakes, rivers, wonderful antique shops, kitchen stores, old fashion candy stores, caves and zip lines. I hope you take the time and check out the three wonderful businesses I shared with you.

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Happy Holidays

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From All In A Jar wishing you and your family and friends a wonderful holiday season. Let them be fun and safe. Love , Peace and Happy New Year.

Childhood Memories

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I find it amazing when a person takes a bite or even just the smell of some foods how it can bring you back to a childhood memory. I had that happen to me this weekend, so much that I had goosebumps on my arms. It was magical.
Last Thursday I met one of my students at the Lodi Farmers Market to pick up produce for the upcoming class. He informed me that he had been to a lot of classes, i.e. pie filling, jam, chutney, jelly, hot sauce and even sausage making, but no pickling class. So of course I wanted to find something to pickle. We found some beautiful pickling cucumbers to make into dill pickle spears. We also found some green tomatoes. I was very excited to see them because I have been thinking about my great grandma’s pickled green tomatoes. We found some lovely peaches that will become Peach Bellini. We both were looking forward to having a fun filled day of canning. We started to talk about how we both heard that home canned Maraschino Cherries are out of this world, even if you don’t like Maraschino Cherries. We looked for cherries, but not one person had any. My student said he thinks Walnut Creek Produce had some and he would bring them to class.
I went home and started researching recipes for Maraschino Cherries. I found 4 or 5 recipes and thought they were doing it all wrong. So I did it my way… and typed up a recipe I thought would work well.

While I was doing research on Maraschino Cherries and I started thinking about Great Grandma’s Pickled Green Tomatoes started writing down what I could remember that was in those yummy pickled green tomatoes, so I called my sister and asked if she could remember what was in them. She said I never liked them and I think there was pumpkin pie spice. I said no wonder you didn’t like them, I will make them a lot better. I have an old pickling recipe book I got out and looked up Pickled Green Tomatoes and what I wrote down was pretty much right on.

The day of the class we started with coffee and home made cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting made with my Carrot Cake Preserves. I love that stuff. I had a small snack laid out with other goodies,  like pickled okra, jams, jelly and home made hummus. Later we sat down for lunch.

We worked with the green tomatoes first and the place was smelling like great grandma’s. I took a sample taste and it was as if I had walked back in time. All the hair on my arms were standing up with goosebumps.

I don’t know if it is the pickles or thinking about all that love in the jars that my grandparents put in them. Happy Canning

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