Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

April 12th, 2013  | Category: Fruit, Preserving, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Pomegranate molasses, which is made by reducing freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice into a thick, sour and sticky syrup, isn't really molasses. It is simply reduced pomegranate juice. And if you're adding sugar, you can even call it an extremely sour pomegranate jam. Pomegranate jam - one that is prepared by just pomegranate juice and sugar - doesn't thicken that much, so you may as well call it a ...

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

December 06th, 2012  | Category: Preserving


My homemade vanilla extract turns three! I've started with just three vanilla beans and have been feeding it with leftover beans ever since. It has turned into a monster. The smell is so intense, I'm sure I can make a fortune by selling tickets for people to take a whiff. I know just the recipe to celebrate this glorious accomplishment. Sadly, I have to bake and not tell as the ...

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Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

November 02nd, 2012  | Category: Bread, Breakfast and Brunch, Preserving, Restaurants, Vegetarian


Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, I've stepped out of the house. Or, as my father puts it, I've finally left my lair. Of course, I'm not counting the instances where I rush to the grocery store - looking like Dexter right after he fillets his victim (it's pomegranate season) - snatch the missing ingredients for whichever recipe I'm working on and return - in ...

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Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

July 27th, 2009  | Category: Pasta, Preserving


It's that time of year again. Time to turn the season's juiciest and sweetest tomatoes into a homemade tomato sauce and preserving it for the winter months. It is also time to stock up your freezer with basil pesto sauce. I've managed to freeze ten cups so far. That is in addition to the batches I've gone through by tossing it with pasta, grilled vegetables, spreading it ...

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Pomegranate Jam

Pomegranate Jam

November 25th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Preserving


You really didn't think I was done with pomegranates, did you? I am amazed to hear how scarce this amazing fruit is in other parts of the world. A Turkish reader living in Germany said a pomegranate costs 2 Euros there!!! I am so lucky to be living in a city abundant with pomegranates. Did you know that pomegranates have more antioxidant power than cranberry juice or ...

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