Strawberry Jam

With Summer finally arriving (despite the fact that time no longer feels like a construct due to COVID-19) fruits are finally in season! I was able to go berry picking a couple weeks ago and have been relishing in all of the yummy things I have been able to create out of them. Strawberries were the first to be picked of the season so I am sharing the recipes this week in what I am now titling, STRAWBERRY WEEK!

We are starting the week of first with a jam recipe, strawberry has always been my favorite, I don’t mess around with grape jelly, no thank you! Of course my grandfather’s recipe is just in his brain and did not have any interest in writing it down, so we used a very similar recipe from Kylee Cooks!

Ingredients

  • 1 LB FRESH Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar (we cut back the sugar, I like to taste the natural flavors of the berries)
  • 2 TBSP Lemon juice

Let’s Get Cooking

Wash the strawberries really well and slice off the tops and cut in half.

Add berries to a bowl and muddle them in small batches.

Add the berries into a saucepan and add in the sugar. Mix well over medium heat.

Bring the berries to a boil. Once at a boil add the 2 TBSP lemon juice.

Boil for about 15 minutes, or when the jam reaches a temp of 220F. We did not have a thermometer at the time so we just kind of eye balled it. Continue to stir the jam to make sure that it does not burn.

Use the frozen plate test to make sure the jam is ready! Place a few plates in the freezer and make sure they are cold! Once the jam has boiled for 15 min place a TSP of the jam onto the frozen plate. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes. Grab the plate out of the freezer and run your finger through the jam. If the jam does not run back together it is ready to be canned! If it does, allow the jam to continue to cook on the heat for a little longer.

Make sure your jars are nice and clean, heating them in water before canning.

Pour the jam into the jars and screw on the lids. To seal, flip the jars upside down.

Once the jars are sealed refrigerate and use within about 2 weeks!

This stuff is amazing on EVERYTHING & it tastes better when it’s hand-picked and homemade!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Poke Bowls

I have gotten slightly behind on blog posts, due to finals week, adding more to my work schedule, and deleting 2 weeks worth of content on my camera, but that does not mean that I’ve stopped cooking! So I am getting back into the swing of things with one of my new favorite summer recipes that is so easy and satisfying!

Ingredients

  • Sushi Rice
  • 1/2 TBSP Sushi Vinegar
  • Imitation Crab
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 2 TBSP Sriracha
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado

Let’s Get Cooking

This recipe is kind of like ordering at chipotle. You make it how you want it!

First, cook the sushi rice per the package instructions. Once it’s done, put into a separate bowl and add about 1/2 TBSP of sushi vinegar. I love the flavor of the vinegar so sometimes I add more into the rice.

While your waiting for the rice to cool, combine 1/4 Cup mayo + 2 TBSP Sriracha, if you want to up the heat feel free to add more sriracha! Toss the imitation crab into the Sriracha mayo.

Prep the other ingredients that you want to add in the poke bowl. Thinly cut the cucumber and dice the avocado. If you want to add carrots or radishes feel free to cut those bad boys up too!

To serve: place the rice in a bowl, add in the toppings & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Grilled Lamb Chops with Asparagus

It’s summer time so any excuse to start grilling I am in. My mom picked up these Lamb Chops at Aldi’s and of course it was my job to find out what we were doing with them. So I found this super easy marinade by Jessica Gavin for the Lamb, grabbed some asapargus & I got grilling.

Ingredients

  • Lamb Chops
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 2 TSP Chopped Rosemary
  • 2 TSP Chopped Thyme
  • 1/2 TSP Chopped Parsley
  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil, + extra
  • Asparagus

Let’s Get Cooking

In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup Olive oil + parsley + rosemary + thyme + 1 TBSP Garlic + salt + pepper. Mix to combine

Pour the marinade over the lamb chops and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Cut the ends off the asparagus and place on aluminum foil. Season with salt + pepper + 1 TBSP minced Garlic. Wrap the aluminum around the asparagus until it is completely covered.

Heat up the grill, & place the asparagus off to the side. Place the lamb chops on the hot grill. I only eat my meats rare to medium rare, if you eat your meats well done I have some questions for you. But anyways for med-rare you are going to do about 6 min each side. The time will also depend on the thickness of your cut.

Once the meat is done, remove from heat and let rest a little before serving. This allows the meat to soak up all the juices. Cook your asparagus to your desired doneness as well, I like it to still have a bit of a bite so I cooked it for about 10 minutes.

Hope you enjoy breaking out the grill, I know I can’t wait to see what I can create on the grill.

Made with Love,

Hannah