I hate to say it, but I felt it this weekend.  That chill in the evening air that reminds you that fall is right around the corner.  Not that I don’t look forward to fall, but we all want summer to last as long as possible, right?  Maybe it stems back to when we were school kids and we just wanted summer to last one more week.  There is something very bittersweet about those last summer days no matter how old we get.  On a positive note, one of the best things about the end of summer is that it is the peak time for some of the best summer produce.  Farmers’ market has every type of tomato you could want, family members share their extra zucchini with you, and you just want to squeeze as many fruits and vegetables as you can into each day.

Canning allows us to bring these to-die-for summer flavors onto our kitchen tables all through the fall and winter.  I grew up canning with my mom and grandma and have continued to have more interest in it each year.  My mom was visiting last week and we took advantage of our time together and spent most of it in the kitchen, as usual!  We started by canning some salsa (STAY TUNED!) and then made the most delectable strawberry rhubarb jam.  This jam is the perfect consistency to spread on your morning toast and is also a luscious topping for ice cream.

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Is this not the most beautiful color???

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    I love the rhubarb and strawberry combo – this sounds wonderful and yes – beautiful color!


  2. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Yes, the first tinge of fall in the air is bittersweet. The mornings have gotten much cooler in teh last week and the first whiffs of fall are in the air. Perfect time for homemade jam on warm brioche and a cup of morning tea! Lovely recipe.


    • Mercedes
      Aug 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

      Thank you! At least with the promise of fall around the corner comes good warm comfort foods to look forward to, right? 🙂


  3. Amanda
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Love strawberry rhubard jam…excited to try and make it!


    • Mercedes
      Aug 25, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      Hey Amanda! It’s a really simple recipe, it just requires some patience! Let me know if you make it!


  4. seashell & iris
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 1:50 am

    yum yum and YUM!!!!!!!


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