Banana Apricot Bread with Apricot-Pluot Jam

Banana Apricot Bread with Apricot Pluot Jam / Patty's Food

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’ and the apricot trees are loaded with apricots.  I created my own mini heatwave in the kitchen over the weekend with both apricot-pluot jam bubbling away in the preserving kettle and a loaf of banana apricot bread in the oven.  It was worth it.  Apricots are […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins with Rhubarb Conserve

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins with Rhubarb Conserve / Patty's Food

Strawberries and rhubarb do make a great pie filling but they also pair wonderfully in these muffins, especially with the addition of your own homemade rhubarb conserve.  Rhubarb conserve is jammy sweet with a concentrated tangy rhubarb flavor to it.   When it’s in season I can’t get enough rhubarb and one of my favorite […]

Vanilla Scented Quince Jelly


  I’m just crazy about the color of quince jelly so when my son-in-law presented me with a bag of quinces the week before Thanksgiving I pictured the beautiful bright color of quince jelly way before I reached for my preserving pot or jelly jars.  It’s hard to believe that this beautiful shimmering orange color […]

Caramel Apple Jam

Caramel Apple Jam / Patty's Food

Attention Gravenstein apple lovers! The all too short but oh-so-delicious Gravenstein apple season is under way in Sonoma County! This past Saturday at my favorite Santa Rosa farmers market I met a nice lady from Walker’s Apples and picked up a 5 pound bag of my favorite Gravenstein apples. I bought enough for both this […]

Key Lime Rosemary Jelly and Spiced Chocolate Mission Fig Scones

Yes I’m having fun with my haul of Key limes, a big thanks to Paula and Diana for a generous shipment of limes from their garden in Palm Springs direct to my front door.  Last year I made marmalade from their Key limes so this time I wanted to try making jelly.  There is a […]

Key Lime-Ginger Marmalade with Macadamia Nut Scones

Our friends in Palm Desert gave us a large bag of key limes, I guess you’re not actually suppose to call them ‘key limes’ if they don’t grow in the Florida Keys but I’m going to call them key limes in this recipe because I like the way it sounds and it’s my blog. I’ve […]