Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This recipe is for the vain (and thrifty – the two don’t have to mutually exclusive) among us. You know who you are! Do you put your makeup on before you go to bed? Do you wear heels to the Post Office? Does glitter live in your house? Do you hate ugly food? Do you only serve pretty things? Do you wonder what you can do with the ugly stem on the broccoli that you usually throw away? And, while we are talking about ugly things, what about those wilty strawberries that haven’t gone bad but don’t fit well in your vain world where only pretty things belong? Well, you make jam, of course! Here is a unique way to reinvent ugly food in different, pretty and tasty (of course) ways.

1 ¼ cup strawberries, cleaned and tops removed
½ cup pineapple, chopped into large chunks
¼ cup broccoli stems, cleaned, steamed (until soft) and chopped
¾ cup raw sugar
¼ tsp. ginger, ground/dried
1 Tbs. lemon juice
Place all ingredients into a food chopper or blender and blend until smooth. Put it all into your bread maker and set on the “jam” setting. Transfer to storage container and refrigerate for a day to let the flavors settle. Voila! The ugly has been made beautiful and yummy.

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