Blue Heron Local Cuisine

Cooking, Eating, and Drinking on the North Shore (and beyond)

Pie! September 26, 2008

Filed under: Book Review,In Season — blueheronlocal @ 7:20 pm
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Wondering what to do with the twenty-five pounds of apples you just brought home from the orchard?


I heartily recommend the book: Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie by Ken Haedrich. It’s 600+ pages and worth it. Recipes for every kind of pie on earth and an encouraging and down-to-earth author to boot. He skips the pie snobbery and shows you how to make pie by hand, food processor, and electric mixer. With fresh or frozen fruit. A good investment!


[Ed. note: Put out by a local, independent publisher, too!]




Not Canning (easy, easy, easy jam) September 9, 2008

Filed under: Preserving the harvest,Recipe — blueheronlocal @ 4:15 pm
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(thanks,, for the photo!)

(thanks,, for the photo!)

We ran out of jam the other day, which constitutes a crisis in our household, as we are major consumers of the stuff. Being low on both funds and the energy to go out and buy jam, I decided to make some at home.


This is an easy way to make jam without canning. You can store it in the fridge for about a month in a closed container. It’s also a great way to use summer berries that you’ve frozen or just gathered. You will need:


4 cups of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc., or a combination)
1 cup sugar
A few tsp of fresh lemon juice

Combine the berries and sugar in a pot and bring to a simmer over med-high heat. Turn down to medium and cook until the mixture thickens. This can take about an hour for fresh fruit, longer if you’re using frozen fruit. Stir in the lemon juice when done. Yum!