7.16.2013

Strawberry and Orange Mint Jam

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Jam makes weekday breakfast bearable. It's really the only way I'll eat yogurt or cottage cheese. And if I'm not eating yogurt or cottage cheese at my desk in the morning, then I'm probably not eating breakfast, which we all know is not smart. So as you can see, jam plays an important part in my diet. And it's also happens to be pretty easy to make.

On this fine afternoon, I noticed I had mediocre tasting strawberries in the fridge and decided to make up a recipe and see how things went. It is hard to make bad jam. It often only involves a handful of ingredients, in this case it was four. I picked orange mint from the garden, made a quick simple syrup, then cooked the strawberries in the syrup for about 20 minutes. That's it. I'm not kidding. It took about 35 minutes total. And this happened to be the most delicious strawberry jam I've ever had. That's right, HAD, not just made. The key here was that orange mint. That stuff is fragrant and tasty. Go out and buy some. It grows like a weed, smells delightful and takes strawberry jam to the next level!
Oh, and I got a new table runner I'm in love with at my very first Rose Bowl flea market.

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