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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cherry Tomato Jam

I know tomato season is over but I found these incredibly sweet yellow cherry tomatos.  They were sitting around a tad too long so I decided to turn them into jam.  Good stuff to go with meat loaf, chicken or a curry.  This is really an easy way to dress up your dinner plate.

1 pint sweet cherry tomatoes
1 cup diced Vidalia or sweet onion
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
a pinch of salt

Blanch and slip off the tomato skins. it's a little extra work but worth the effort.  Put in a nonreactive sauce pan and add the chopped onion, brown sugar, vinegar and thyme.  Cook over medium heat and bring the mixture just to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook, stirring frequently for 45 minutes until thickened.  Add the chopped basil and stir until whilted.

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