Wow, Pumpkin Jam Is So Good

 

This is a Portuguese recipe I found and couldn’t wait to try it. Let me make this clear, I DID NOT CAN THE PUMPKIN. The pumpkin is too dense for us to can the bacteria out to be safe. I made half pints and put them in the freezer. 

 So far I have place some pumpkin jam on toasted bread with goat cheese, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds and a few pomegranate seeds. Very yummy.

The other day I was talking with my sister and she said “ what about ravioli.” My mind was spinning with ideas and ingredients. The next day I was at the store gathering ingredients for my new recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli. 

I used one half pint jar of the pumpkin jam with some ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese , a little nutmeg and an egg. Whipped it together and placed a dollop in a wonton wrapper,( yes, I use wonton wrappers for ravioli), ran water on the outside edge of the wrapper, folded it over and sealed the wrapper. I placed some of the ravioli on a cookie sheet with flour and put them in the freezer and then placed the ravioli in a plastic bag and froze them for later.  

I used a shallow pan to boil the ravioli and keep a close eye on them. They only take a few minutes to cook. 

For the sauce, I made a brown butter sage with some toasted pecans. Out of this world. 

I’m still thinking of ways to use it,  maybe baking with it next.  

I will let you know what I come up with. 

See you in class 

Many Ways To Use Marmalade

When I’m teaching a class I’m asked one question quite a bit; how should I use this jar? Well, when it comes to Marmalade there are many ways to use that jar. I know a lot of you are canning away with citrus. So here are a few ideas of what to do with those jars. 

 Marmalade works well when spread on roasted chicken or turkey to create a simple, sweet glaze. I like using my Meyer Lemon Rosemary marmalade for this one. 

 Pork Loin: Instead of using a chutney on your pork try some marmalade. I like using my Red Onion Marmalade for this one. 

Rice and grains can be so boring, so add some  marmalade. It adds a little hint of sweetness and interesting texture. My Orange Marmalade is great for this one.

 

 Wake up the most common vinaigrettes with a dollop of marmalade. I use my Orange Red Wine Marmalade for this.

Use it to dress up an Appetizer Plate.  Crackers, cheese and a good marmalade make for a  delicious appetizer spread. My Ginger Zucchini Marmalade is perfect here.

 

Make a glaze for Salmon. Just add a little soy sauce with the marmalade. I like using my Grapefruit Marmalade. 

If you make  flatbread-type pizzas at home, try marmalade, blue cheese and prosciutto next time. All In A Jar’s Meyer Lemon Cranberry marmalade is excellent for this dish. 

How about a grilled cheese sandwich with brie cheese? My Apricot Marmalade is delicious on these sandwiches.

You can use it to bake with too. I have put it in breads and muffins. The other day I made corn bread muffins with my Meyer Lemon Rosemary Marmalade. I put 1/4 cup marmalade in the muffins and made a glaze for the top of the muffin. They must have been great. I only got one. My husband is the suspect here. 

I bet you didn’t know there were so many different kinds of marmalade.

What’s your favorite way to use marmalade?

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