Sweet Soyaki Beef + Orange-Ginger Rice


I usually try not to share recipes that depend on a certain brandname ingredient. I think it’s kind of silly. As far as I’m concerned, the best food has always and will always be brand-less — well-raised, tender and flavorful meat; fresh fruits and vegetables; potent spices. That said, I’m an American in the year […]

Pork Recipes, Recipes

Pulled Pork Tacos

One of my favorite flavor combinations is that of a good jalapeno popper. Not the kind you can buy in the grocer’s freezer section and warm up in an oven, the ones that are coated in whatever sad excuse is passing for commercial breading these days. I fancy the ones you can make at home, […]


Charred Sweet Corn + Zucchini Relish

We didn’t get a sweet corn patch planted this year, and it’s really a shame, because it’s been a great year for it. Fortunately, we have generous friends and neighbors who did and we’ve been enjoying the fruits of their labor instead. It hasn’t been enough to do any significant freezing or canning — as […]

Canning, Recipes

Peppery Fig Preserves

I have read that there are people here in Michigan who grow figs in big pots and well-protected gardens despite the species’ decided preference for milder climates. I have not yet figured out how to do that myself, though someday I’d certainly like to give it a try. We are however, fortunate enough to have […]

Canning, Recipes


I can take absolutely zero credit for the recipe that will round out the end of this post. It can be found on page 259 of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I was simply reminded of it (and the four pints I still had stashed in the back of the pantry from last […]