- Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008 -- 5pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: Matty's Apartment
- Dining Companion: Matty
- Recipe Rating: A
I was in a bad mood on Thursday, and decided that trying my hand at a new project would improve my demeanor. So I learned to can! Perhaps I am overly-enthusiastic about this jam because it was my very first canning experience, and I am so delighted with myself for having produced something edible and vacuum-sealed. However, I think it really is the case that this jam is delicious! The grocery-store strawberries were looking mutantly enormous and unflavorful, so I opted to make this instead with frozen organic strawberries (an acceptable substitute for fresh ones in this recipe, according to The Book). The jam came out a very nice consistency, with a lovely strawberry flavor. The amount of sugar was just perfect -- it brought out the sweetness of the berries without making the jam overly sweet. Yum! I followed the canning procedures in The Book exactly, and 3 out of my 4 jars sealed perfectly. The seal was a little loose on one of them, so I just threw that jar in the fridge for myself. I sent a couple jars to my mom for Mother's Day, but I haven't heard how she likes it yet. Matty and I both gave this jam two thumbs up though. Delicious!
Here is the recipe.
Last year at this time I was working hard towards doing a pull-up. Since completing that fitness goal, I hadn't really committed myself in any serious way to a new one. Well, my lazy days are over. I have decided to train for a half-marathon. Yeah, yeah, I know... a half-marathon isn't really very long. But I am pretty sure a full marathon is out of reach for me at this point, even if I train for months, and a half-marathon seems like a good goal. I am planning to run it in the fall, which gives me the whole summer to get in shape. It's probably overkill to start training now, but I would like to not only run the half-marathon, but also make running a more serious part of my life in a long-term sense. I have a training schedule (shamelessly stolen from some book), which involves running five days a week. This past week was my first week of training, and I made it through (just barely!)! I like running, but I am not in particularly good shape right now, so it's a struggle. My special gentleman claims that it will get easier as I adjust to the five-days-a-week schedule. So far, I am not convinced, but hopefully he's right. Otherwise it is going to be a long few months!