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Summer Shelling Beans

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Hip hip hurray!! Summer is here at last, what better way to welcome it in than by cooking up some scrumptious seasonal produce based fare. We are loving all the fabulous varieties of shelling beans that are just now starting to come into season. Decorated with polka dots, strips and vivid colors that range from green, yellow and black to purple, pink and red shelling beans are as much a sight for the eyes as they are a treat for the tummy. For your cooking pleasure we have gathered up a few of our favorite shelling bean recipes. Enjoy!

A Berry Sweet Season!

Spring is here and in sunshiny Southern California that means the start of strawberry season! These perfectly sweet red berries are popping up everywhere these days, on salads at our favorite restaurants, over flowing their little green baskets at farmers markets and if you are lucky hanging on the strawberry plants in your very own yard.  Delicious with everything from home made shortcake to fresh cream, strawberries are also perfect for making jams and jellies. We have been swooning over Rachel Saunders recipe for “Children’s Strawberry Jam” in her scrumptious Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. Rachel also provides some handy tips and tricks for jam making in general throughout her book, making preserving produce easy peasy!

Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders

Whether you keep it simple with strawberries and sugar or add in delectable accompaniments like rhubarb, herbs or balsamic making berry jam is the perfect way to preserve the sweet flavor of spring for months to come! Here are a few delicious iders for you to play with!