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Healthy Green Kitchen Peach and Anise Hyssop Jam
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I made this jam over the weekend with local peaches and anise hyssop from my herb garden. I loved it for brunch yesterday with homemade popovers.

I am having a hard time chatting about jam right now, though.

Last night I learned that my friend Jennifer Perillo’s husband had passed away suddenly. My heart is so heavy today.

It was obvious to all who are friends and fans of Jennie that she loved her husband very much- I know I am not the only one who smiled when she’d talk giddily about their date nights on facebook, or tweeted about how excited she was about their upcoming vacation. I met Mikey once, too; he was most definitely a great guy.

Jennie is one of the people who inspired me to start making jams because she’s written frequently about preserving foods on her blog. She’s a passionate advocate for purchasing seasonal produce at Farmer’s Markets, and she’s always cooking up wonderful creations with her market finds. Her boundless enthusiasm for preserving the seasonal bounty has rubbed off on me big time.

So this jam is for Jennie, and my thoughts and prayers are with her and her two girls, as well.

Recipe for Peach and Anise Hyssop Jam

Yield: approximately 2.5 cups

Adapted from Bon Appetit


*3 pounds ripe peaches
*1 cups organic sugar
*2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*2 tablespoons fresh anise hyssop flowers
*2 teaspoons calcium water

*1.5 teaspoons Pomona Universal Pectin powder


1. Cut a small, shallow "x" in the bottom of each peach.

2. Blanch peaches in a large pot of boiling water until skin loosens, 1-2 minutes. Place peaches in a colander and run cold water over them.

3. Peel the peaches and cut the flesh away from the pits. Combine with sugar, lemon juice, and anise hyssop flowers in a large bowl and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Add the calcium water and the pectin.

4. Transfer fruit mixture to a large heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low-medium, and cook for about 20 minutes. Stir briskly to dissolve the pectin at first, then stir every now and then until the jam reduces and thickens.

5. Skim any foam from the surface of jam, then ladle into sterile 1/2 pint jars. Wipe rims, seal, and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.



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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — August 8, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    My heart is heavy along with so many; this is such a sweet tribute Winnie.

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    Maris (in Good Taste) — August 8, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute. Such a very sad time.

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    Deliciously Organic — August 8, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    I’ve had such a heavy heart all day. I only met Jennie briefly, but always loved seeing her updates about her and her “Mr.”. They were obviously very much in love. This post is a beautiful tribute.

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    DessertForTwo — August 8, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    My heart is so heavy too. It has consumed my thoughts today. I don’t know what to do. I think Shauna will have something set up soon for us to donate/help/pray/anything for her & her girls soon.
    Your jam looks lovely :)

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    Carrie Oliver — August 8, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    Your tribute is sweet and thoughtful in many ways, Winnie. Jennifer’s love for “Mr. M” was indeed plain to see and on several occasions her comments helped remind me to be grateful that I am similarly blessed. My condolences to you for losing a friend and to Jennifer and her girls for losing a beloved husband and dad.

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    bunkycooks — August 8, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    This is such a lovely post Winnie. My heart goes out to Jennifer and her family.

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    Hannah — August 8, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    This is a lovely tribute. I’ve been a fan of Jennie and her blog for quite some time and I am so sad for her and her family. My thoughts are with Jennie and her family, and also with you as you give comfort and support to your friend.

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    Julia — August 8, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    Sweet post. My heart has been heavy all day hearing this, just sooo sad.

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    Lisa (This Little Piggy) — August 8, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Very touching post. So sad for her. I can’t her imagine her heartache.

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — August 8, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    A sweet, sweet, post for an amazing woman and her family. My heart is heavy tonight, so sad for her and her girls.

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    Dan @ Dan's Good Side — August 9, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    Such a sad day today, that is for sure. My thoughts are with her and her family right now as well. So nice of you to dedicate this post to her.

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    JulieD — August 9, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    So sweet of you, Winnie. I have been so sad for and thinking of her and her girls all day yesterday and today. I hope we can do something for them soon, I love that something is in the works and I love our food blogging community.

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    The Healthy Apple — August 9, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    What a beautiful recipe…my heart is with her during this rough time as she is an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe as I’m excited to try this next weekend.

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    Laura — August 9, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    Another total stranger crying for Jennifer and her loss.

    Love your site Winnie, will keep visiting.

    Be well!