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We Heart Beets

Jewels from the ground, beets delight with their earthy sweetness. Whether you like ruby red, golden, or candy-stripe Chioggia, here's a bunch of ways to put up these gemlike roots. Pickled BeetsSliced or chunked beets pickled in a sweet brine enhances their natural flavor ....more

Marmalade: Beyond Orange

Citrus is in, and nothing captures the essence of these sunny fruits like marmalade, whether you're making the classic orange or dabbling in other citrus. How to Cut Citrus for MarmaladeFirst things first: How you cut your citrus can make a big difference in the final product when making marmalade. Here's how to make perfectly uniform cuts ....more

New Site Feature: Rewards by SessionM

I'm excited to announce a new feature on Punk Domestics, in partnership with BlogHer. If you look at the top of the right sidebar, you'll see a badge that says Punk Domestics Rewards Powered by mPoints. mPoints is a program designed to thank you, the Punk Domestics community, for doing the things you already are doing ....more

Review and Giveaway: Preserving Everything

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that I may derive revenue from. The author provided me a complimentary copy of the book for review. As I noted, 2014 was an extraordinary year for DIY food books, with volumes that took the genre to new heights ....more

Kumquats: Funny to Say, Delicious to Preserve

Funny to say, delicious to preserve. Kumquats pack a potent punch of citric tartness in a tiny package. Unlike their cousins, kumquats invert the paradigm, with mild rinds and sour-bitter pulp ....more

Review: Blue Chair Cooks with Jam and Marmalade

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that I may derive revenue from. Among the very excellent DIY food books that have come out this year, there's one I am particularly excited about. Rachel Saunders' inaugural book, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, is absolutely my go-to cookbook for jams, jellies and preserves ....more

Last-Minute DIY Holiday Food Gifts

Even as winter's chill descends upon us, there's still plenty of DIY gifts you can concoct in time for the big holiday. Here's a few ideas for gifts, some of which can be whipped up in mere minutes. ...more

Win the Put 'Em Up! Trilogy by Sherri Brooks Vinton

Somehow, I managed to include Sherri Brooks Vinton's third work, The Put 'em Up! Preserving Answer Book, both in my books to pre-order at the beginning of the year, and then again in my Best Books of 2014 roundup, yet managed not to tell you about this delightful oeuvre in between. This is a gross oversight ....more

Gift Guide: Best BIY Books of 2014

Lest you think the DIY food movement has peaked, all you need to do is look at the breadth and calibre of the books that hit the market this year. Sure, 2013, 2012 and 2011 were all excellent years for DIY food books, but this year blew them all away. Below are the 17 books I think are exemplary titles ....more