2 posts tagged with “Amy Bronee”

  • Weekend Project: Amy Bronee’s Rhubarb Jam

    This post featuring the rhubarb jam recipe from Amy Bronee’s The Canning Kitchen does not contain affiliate links.

    There’s a scent in the air at this time of year that I want to fill my lungs with every chance I get.

    It’s strongest in the morning, just after the sun has come up. It’s sweet and glorious, a mix of flowers, greenery and earth; the remnants of the rain from the night before or the coating of syrupy dew before the sun’s rays have cut through it. It’s like every pore on the Earth’s surface has opened to spill this balm.

    I gulp it in when I let Louie out for his morning jog. Like a reflex reaction, the corners of my mouth curl upwards and I stand a little taller. I instantly feel awake and excited about what the day holds. This is what late spring smells like. It’s the smell of potential.

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  • Back in the canning saddle with The Canning Kitchen

    This will not be a sentimental story.

    There will be no reminiscing of a mother who put up pickles every summer or knocked it out of the park with her raspberry jam while I tugged at her apron strings wanting in on the action.

    My mom didn’t can when I was growing up. She did other things like ace a sauerbraten or bake a German plum cake that leaves me feeling just a little nostalgic for my childhood as I type.

    I also have no great stories about grandmothers packing the season’s bounty into mason jars to enjoy later. Both my Omas lived in Germany. One was abysmal in the kitchen. The other made the dreamiest mirabelle plum jam but I only ever enjoyed the finished product and not the process. She always had it ready, the jars neatly lined up in her pantry, for whatever family was making the trip to visit her from their scattered locations.

    No, my canning story is more pragmatic. It was a bit of a do or die situation — for my career and, I was certain, for me. It was the summer of 2007 when I was trying out the 100-Mile Diet and writing a series of stories about it for work. Seemed a fitting assignment for an agriculture reporter still relatively new to Niagara. Continue reading

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