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Sweet Ginger Love Tomato Jam

Did you know that that there is  a tomato called ‘Pomme d’Amour’ ? Literally it translates to  “love apple” Pomme d’Amour (French for “love apple”) is similar to these small-fruit tomatoes that were mostly grown for ornament; however, the mild, pinkish-red tomatoes are ideal for garden snacking, salads, and drying. Because they re so hard to find, we used Roma tomatoes for this love jam. Fragrant and delicious, this sweet jam is a favorite at tea time or for a romantic  breakfast in bed.



Ingredients (for 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars)

1-1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
3-1/2 cups sugar

Measure into a large non reactive pot, discarding seeds and juice left on cutting board. Add sugar.

Stir in the ginger. Place pot on stove on high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Maintain a full boil until thick and clear . This takes about 20 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning during the last few minutes.

Remove from the heat, allow to stand a moment or two for scum to side and set, so it may be easily removed. Place in hot sterilized jars, cool slightly and seal with paraffin. Yields approximately 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars.

Sticky Toffee Cookies


In the mood for a sweetheart of a cookie that will not take all day to make? These sticky toffee cookies hit the spot. I first tried these delights at a holiday cookie swap and been hooked ever since. They are the perfect Valentines day treat!
Use peanuts instead of regular walnuts in case of allergies 

2 sticks of butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 box graham crackers(*)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile place the butter in a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. take off the heat and stir in the nuts. Line bottom of a baking sheet with sides ( do not use a cookie sheet) with graham crackers. Spread butter nut mixture over the crackers. Bake for 10 minutes . Let cool till they are slightly warm and separate/ slice to your liking. ENJOY!

(*) please pay attention to graham crackers ingredients since they may include corn, soy and/ or other food allergens

New Year’s good luck black-eyed peas


If you are a Southerner or a Southerner at heart , black-eyed peas have long been associated with good luck.  Tradition says that a dish of peas at New Year’s will bring luck and prosperity for the new year.  If you add greens which symbolize money, you’ll  have a great combination of wealth and prosperity .

And seeing how the economy is going nowadays , we can all use a little help, hey, it can’t hurt to try! You’ll be surprised  by the great smokey earthy flavors, the nutrition is off the charts , but you don’t have to tell your family that, just say  “for good luck and prosperity” . Our version is easy to make  and uses ham instead of  hard to find ham jowl or hock . The result : a tasty and healthy dish to ring in the New Year. ENJOY!


2 pints fresh black eyed peas or 2 cans cooked black eyed peas, drained
 1/4 cup chopped ham
6 cups water water
1 cup white wine 
3 TBSP olive oil
1/2 pound chopped collard greens, mustard greens or spinach ( either fresh or frozen)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper  to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat  , heat olive oil then add onion and ham, cook till onions are translucent.  Add peas and wine, sauté for 5 minutes turn off heat and cover. Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil in a separate pot. Add greens  and parboil for 2-3 minutes max. Remove at once and place in large serving bowl.  Add pea mixture, salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY your luck for the new year!

Maple Cranberry Sauce


Maple Cranberry Sauce the sweet maple combines with the tanginess of cranberries to become the ultimate sauce for holiday poultry

Ingredients: for 2 cups of sauce

2 cups of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water

Place the cranberries with the all other ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and stir, let simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes or till the cranberries soften. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour or refrigerate covered overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature with your favorite roast. Enjoy!

Saffron Rice Tomatoes


This is a fresh twist on a traditional tapas . We used saffron rice instead of a mayonnaise based meat salad and sweet tomatoes to satisfy the appetite of vegetarians and meat eaters alike!

 We’ve served them both hot ( broiled in the oven for 5 minutes) and cold with excellent reviews each time. They are also an elegant side dish to a grilled fillet!


12 mini tomatoes such as yellow, orange an red Holland , tops cut, seeded
1 cup Basmati rice
1 pinch saffron
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1 spring flat leaf parsley, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, place the rice with just enough water to cover plus a quarter inch. Add the saffron and bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cover, DO NOT STIR. Let cook, and check often to see if the water has consumed, if necessary add more. Once the rice is done add the olive oil and the chopped garlic, stir and bring the heat up to medium. Let cook for five minutes.
Mix in the chopped parsley. Sal; and pepper to taste. Spoon the mix into the tomatoes and serve on top of the remaining rice.