{Recipe} Real Simple Blueberry Jam

by Sally on July 28, 2014

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are, hands-down, my favorite fruit. To me, it’s not really summer until I’ve picked many, many pounds at a local farm–then eaten so many that I get a stomachache.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Still, I usually end up with leftovers. So I make muffins, pancakes, and fruit leathers and tuck a few bags away for the winter.

I also love making this easy blueberry jam. It comes from the pages of Real Simple magazine. True to the name, it’s both real and simple: just blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Obviously, this jam is amazing as a spread. But isn’t in beautiful swirled into homemade vanilla ice cream too?

Real Simple Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Jam
  • 5 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until the berries have released their juices.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally (*I recommend frequently*), until the mixture has thickened, 18 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to containers and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 1 year.

*I’ve also halved it using 2 1/2 cups of blueberries and it’s turned out great. Enjoy!

Go here for more recipes from Real Simple magazine.


Why I Love My Old-School Recipe Book

by Sally on July 23, 2014

Why I Love My Old-School Recipe Book by Real Mom Nutrition

Did you have a scrapbook as a child? I did. In the pages of mine are ticket stubs to U2 and Depeche Mode concerts, photos from church camp, and dried corsages from high school homecoming dances. I don’t know if kids today keep scrapbooks (at least the paper kind) but I’m so thankful for mine. It’s like a roadmap through my childhood.

I feel a similar way about my recipe book.

I can certainly appreciate the clean efficiency of Pinterest. With Pinterest, there is nothing cluttering up your counter, no bits of paper sticking out at random angles, no drips of oil smearing the handwriting. But I’ll take my old-school recipe book over my Pinterest boards any day of the week. Because my recipe book tells a story of my life.

Why I Love My Old-School Recipe Book by Real Mom Nutrition

There are the recipes I remember making with my mom when I was a little girl: Thumbprint Cookies for Christmas, Texas Sheet Cake with cooked chocolate frosting, No-Bake Cookies with heaps of old-fashioned oats.

The recipe for my grandmother’s pierogies, which I still hold out hope of mastering someday.

The recipe for spaghetti sauce I cut from a magazine when my boyfriend and I moved in together and were learning to cook.

The recipes for Parsley Pasta, Tortilla Soup, and Better Than Sex Cake given to me by friends and relatives at my bridal shower when that boyfriend became my husband.

The recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that a dear friend’s mother brought us when we were nervous new parents. And the recipe for Chocolate Chip Pie a neighbor delivered when we had our second child–when a pie full of eggs, butter, and chocolate was just the comfort we needed in the throes of colic.

In this book, I see my mother’s precise penmanship and a sorority sister’s cool, loopy cursive. I see myself sitting at friends’ kitchen tables in Jacksonville, Denver, and Alexandria, jotting down recipes for Peanut Sauce or Icebox Oatmeal Cookies or some other wonderful food they’d just fed me. I see pages dusted with flour and smudged with birthday cake batter. I see recipes I’ll pass on to my kids when they go off into the world.

And that’s way beyond Pinterest. That’s priceless.


Dinnertime Survival Trick: Make Bacon In Your Oven

July 9, 2014

Throughout the pages of my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide are tricks that help me save time, money, and sanity. I call them “Crazy Tricks That Actually Work”. I’m sharing a few of these on my blog. I’ve been known to say that I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for bacon. (My kids […]

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The Easiest Frozen Treat Ever

July 5, 2014

It’s all about staying cool right now, which means stocking your freezer with some cold, frosty goodies. Frozen grapes are the perfect one-ingredient frozen treat: Rinse, de-stem, place them in a freezer-safe bag, and lay them flat in your freezer. Be sure your kids can easily reach them for self-serve summer snacking. They taste like […]

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Snack Girl To The Rescue! (Plus How To Make Brown Rice In Your Oven)

June 28, 2014

Are you a fan of the popular blog Snack Girl? You should be. Author Lisa Cain dishes up recipes and strategies for healthy eating in a way that’s smart, funny, and best of all, totally nonjudgmental. You’re not getting Wisdom From On High, from someone who naturally prefers kale over cookies (and can’t believe everyone […]

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{Recipe} Scrambled Egg Muffins

June 16, 2014

We babysat some backyard chickens last week, dropping by their coop every day to feed them and say hello. The perk of this job: Lots of fresh eggs! Luckily, both of my kids love eggs. I finally got smart during the school year and taught my 9 year old how to cook eggs for himself […]

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Sweet-Tart Kale Salad (Plus How To De-Stem Kale)

June 6, 2014

Who takes kale salad to a potluck picnic? I do! (Is that weird?) Wherever I take it, this salad gets rave reviews–and many requests for the recipe. Now it’s featured in my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. Bonus: This salad actually gets better with time, as the lemony dressing softens the leaves. Speaking of […]

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{Recipe} How To Make No-Fail Stovetop Popcorn

May 28, 2014

I grew up on popcorn. My dad made it for us on the stove in the pot of an old pressure cooker that belonged to my grandma. He’d pour in oil and kernels and line up bowls on the counter for all of us. I’d sit with him on the kitchen floor in front of […]

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{Recipe} Easy BBQ Chicken Kebabs

May 19, 2014

There are many reasons I love this recipe from my new book Dinnertime Survival Guide: I can skip the questionable ingredients in bottled barbecue sauce and use four pantry staples instead. It cooks under the broiler (or on the grill) in no time. I can mix up a big batch of the rub and keep […]

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Cooking With Kids: A Free E-Cookbook To Celebrate Food Revolution Day!

May 16, 2014

Today is Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global day of action to “get cooking, share your love of food and inspire others to get excited too”. Since this year’s theme is “Let’s Get Kids Excited About Food,” Brianne DeRosa of the blog Red, Round, or Green pulled together a great group of moms to […]

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