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Eat Local: Woodrings’s Rose Petal Jelly

For the “Eat Local” challenge, I’ve chosen to focus on items that I can buy at my local Farmer’s market. I’m rather lucky here in West Seattle, as the farmer’s market is right down the road from me, and held every Sunday between April and December.

Fresh cheeses, meat, pastries, produce and yes, even jams and jellys are available. It was here that I picked up this product – Woodring’s Rose Petal Jelly.

One of the many areas that farmer’s markets excel is in the local Jams, which are made from the local fruits and veggies as well as with cane sugar rather than the dreaded HFCS. Woodring’s is no different. Along side of the Rose Petal Jelly were items such as “Cherry Butter”, “Huckleberry Jam” and “Marionberry Jelly”. Finding items such as these at a local supermarket is very unlikely.

The Rose Petal Jelly tastes sublime, partially of rose and a very nice and complimentary lemon taste. It’s delicious alone or on a cracker. It’s simply wonderful heated with slices of apple and a bit of shallots, and then placed upon thick, tender pork chops.

My own take on the “Eat Local” challenge is that we needn’t sacrifice foods but instead substitute them instead. Jams are the best example of this. Because what you find in your supermarket aisles cannot compare to the joy of farm jam.

If interested in Rose Petal Jam, you can order it from Woodrings by calling 1-800-848-2554. They’re sold by Food Concept’s Inc, out of Monroe, WA.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Tonight for dinner, I didn’t want anything fancy. So I had Beer Brats and Perrier. This dinner is what cultural anthropologists would call a “mixed message”.

At any rate, I was looking for something sweet to finish off the meal, and didn’t want to get too fancy. This recipe filled the bill perfectly. I also got extra points for using homemade blackberry jelly so graciously offered by a coworker.

  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, soft
  • 6 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jam or jelly

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large glass mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Whisk until you get a fluffy peanut butter mixture of sorts. Add the egg and mix that in well. Finally, add the flour and salt, and mix in until you get a crumbly dough.

Set aside 1 cup of the dough.

In an 8″ x 8″ pan, press the remaining dough firmly in as a crust. Make sure that it fits from one side to another. Using a spoon, spread over the jelly so it covers the bottom crust. Coarsely crumble the one cup of dough that you had set aside over the jelly layer. Place in oven for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes. Slice and serve.

yield: About a dozen bars, give or take, depending upon how you cut them