Berries Recipes

Jana’s Berry Simple Syrup

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of mixed berries

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Add the berries and cook them just enough for the juice to mix in. Remove from the heat. Add to pancakes or waffles.

Jana’s Blackberry Basil Jam

4 cups blackberries (you can do smaller batches but not bigger)
4 cups sugar
handful of fresh basil leaves
1 lemon (juice)

Take the basil and sugar and mix them in a food processor until the basil is all ground up with the sugar. In a large sauce pan, put equal parts of blackberries and basil-sugar mix. Add the juice of a lemon and cook the ingredients together until the mix sheets off a cold spoon. Simmer for 20 minutes. Store in jars.

NOTE: You can make smaller batches but not larger.

Courtesy of Jana Graziano, Clear Springs Farm, TN

Montmorency Falls and Île d’Orléans

Only a few minutes’ drive from Quebec City, we stopped to admire Montmorency Falls. Across the St. Lawrence River we found an idyllic autumnal paradise on Île d’Orléans, offering a cozy yet posh countryside setting.

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You Say Tomato, I Ask “What Type?”

Smaller than a grape or larger than a grapefruit, these fruits (not vegetables) are yellow, red, purple, or green – and anywhere in between! Slice them, dice them, eat them fresh, can or pickle them! Solanum lycopersicum might be their scientific name but Variety is their middle name.

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Tomato Recipes

Tomato Toast

Tomatoes are a staple of the Mediterranean diet and for good reason. Delicious and healthy, this versatile fruit can be consumed raw or cooked. An easy recipe involves only a few ingredients but it’s perfect for a summer meal.

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