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Jams, Salsas and Chutneys **GIVEAWAY**


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Jams, salsas and chutneys add zing to even the most boring foods. Though they originated in different parts of the world (England, Mexico and India respectively), they are all essentially sauces made from fruits, vegetables or herbs and/or spices. It seems that in every culture there’s a need to spice up food with something gooey. They all belong to the same family, so to speak – and I love family (even more than I love food).

Spicy Eggplant Salsa

I know it’s probably not proper to eat them by the spoonful in public, but it’s certainly one of the Forbidden Pleasures of Life for those of us who dare. If you are a traditionalist, you can primly dip and spread them to your heart’s content.

The most simple of jams can dress up a scone, a piece of toast, or even sweeten some matzo brei. A traditional PB&J sandwich can taste different every time, depending on the jam you use. Think peanut butter and marmalade. Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Homemade Mixed Berry Jam

For Purim, I shared a recipe for Homemade Mixed Berry Jam and it was a huge hit. At the time, I made a mental note to make more of these and share them with you this spring! So here goes — from my kitchen (and my heart) to yours — my new favorite jam: Orange Vanilla Marmalade.

Orange Vanilla Marmalade

Since we are working with the jam-salsa-chutney family (there I go again!), let’s think outside that jar. Salsa, along with chutney, can add such wonderful taste to a simple piece of grilled chicken or fish. My Pear Chutney adds some sweetness just when you need it, while my Spicy Eggplant Salsa adds a deep, hot flavor to any dish — and it’s perf as a dip or with chips.

Some other Chutneys and Salsas to try:
Grilled Peach Salsa
Watermelon Salsa
Mango Salsa
Papaya Avocado Salsa
Sweet Chutney
Spring Onion Chutney
Cranberry Pear Chutney
California Raisin, Tomato and Onion Seed Chutney

**GIVEAWAY** We have a great contest for you this week. You could win a selection of Tishbi Winery Fruit  and Wine Preserves featuring Chardonnay Wine Jelly, Cabernet Wine Jelly and Cherry Shiraz Preserve and their newest flavor, perfect for summer, Strawberry Champagne Preserve (All under OU supervision). Included in the selection the winner will receive a jar of Chardonnay Wine Jelly and Cabernet Wine Jelly, both of which are now available at William-Sonoma and are great for cooking. The value of this package is $50. What do you need to do to win? Tell me, in the comments below, what your all time favorite Jam / Jelly is. One winner will be picked at random from qualifying entries. This contest is open to US and Canadian Residents only. Contest ends May 25 2011 at 9 am EST.

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




112 Responses to Jams, Salsas and Chutneys **GIVEAWAY**

  1. My fave jam/jelly? That’s a hard one–I love the ‘reds’ so it’s a toss up between strawberry (especially delicious on crepes!) and raspberry (it makes the BEST) cookie fillings. Either way, though, I like the all fruit preserves. It feels good to make a healthier choice AND the taste is just heavenly!

  2. avatar says: daniel

    apricot- nothing like an apricot hamantach!

  3. avatar says: Amy

    The best jam I’ve ever had was from a farmer’s market. It had strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and boysenberry. They gave me a free one when I didn’t want to commit to buying the big jar, and I came back the next year and bought four jars, at $5 apiece (expensive!). My husband and I were so sad when we finished them, but we hope to get more soon!

  4. avatar says: Judith

    Strawberry-Rhubarb is the most heavenly concoction EVAH!

  5. My favorite all time jam/jelly is GRAPE!!!

  6. avatar says: bamr07

    I love any and all jam/jelly. My all time favorite would be Raspberry or Black Raspberry. Yummy

  7. My all time favorite jelly or jam is grape. Boring… trust me I know but grape is my favorite.

  8. avatar says: Carol

    I bought a jar of Apricot Jam in Amish Country, Pa, and have never before or since had anything so delicious.

  9. avatar says: Judy

    When I was a kid, we used to pick blackberries in our backyard. Then my mom would boil them, add sugar and make them into many jars of jam. It’s been a while, but that is still my favorite jam.

  10. Knott’s strawberry

  11. I’m a fan of 777 Strawberry Preserves. I first encountered little pots at an Israeli hotel breakfast buffet but they’re available stateside at chain grocery stores.

  12. My favorite jam is strawberry, my dad used to make it. But any of these sound luscious.

  13. avatar says: bracha

    my favorite is any brand of Strawberry…That is the only flavor I like

  14. It depends. To eat, Orange Marmalade but to cook chicken with, I often use Apricot Preserves as a base for coating.

  15. avatar says: Deborah S

    Raspberry jam is my favorite

  16. avatar says: Sarah W

    Seedless Raspberry!

  17. My favorite jam is Boysenberry and I only buy it for Purim….. which makes it more special.

    Thanks for another great contest

  18. avatar says: sa

    My favorite is grape–basic but wonderful.

  19. My favorite is black cherry. But the kind that has delicious whole cherries in it that you can sink your teeth into when you spread it on a muffin or toast. All natural, no corn sweeteners just pure and delicious jam

  20. avatar says: skossman

    I like cherry best. The more cherries the better, so I actually prefer cherry preserves

  21. avatar says: Chaviva

    Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for the contest! :) MMMMM Jam on my favorite food crepes is….Raspberry!!!!!!!

  22. avatar says: Elizabeth

    I’m torn…I love the bitter-sweetness of traditional British Orange Marmalade but I also really love Apricot jam.

  23. avatar says: Samantha

    marmalade rocks!

  24. My favorite jelly is apricot…it’s so versatile and can be used in so many recipes. My favorite jam is peach. On a spoon is just fine with me!

  25. avatar says: Karen

    I just love orange marmelade. It is delicious on English muffins.

  26. Marmalade and Strawberry…they all look wonderful, great prize pack.

  27. Anything from Sarabeth’s Kitchen, especially the Raspberry Orange Marmalade (I use it on duck). http://www.sarabeth.com/Raspberry-Orange-Marmalade/productinfo/ROM/

  28. My Babah (grandmother )used to make what she called”eingimachtz” , which was a combo of
    all the jams that she had made . It was what I call “Shiit- arine” which was a little of this and a little of that. It had the most wonderful flavor;, not sweet, not sour, not bitter but had the perfect taste to it. No matter how hard I have tried, I just can’t duplicate it. It was and still is the best and my favorite!

  29. avatar says: Darcy B

    My grandmothers mixed berry jam–it was made from home grown berries.

  30. avatar says: Dara Nix

    My Dad’s favorite was always Smucker’s Strawberry Preserves, do I am a LITTLE partial to that since I grew up on it. However, every now and then I get a craving for Rosehip Jam which I came to love when my Dad was stationed in Germany!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

  31. avatar says: Rachel B

    I love spicy/sweet jams! Like peach habanero. Contrasting flavor combinations are delectable!

  32. My favorite jam is Plum with large chunks in it – my aunt makes the best Plum jam ever!

    Favorite Jelly is Red Currant – so silky sweet and tarte – YUM!!!!

  33. avatar says: April L

    I make lots of different jams and jellys and my favorite has to be spiced pear with wineberry as a close second.

  34. My favorite is blackberry jelly. I used to love to pick blackberries during the summer when I was walking with my beloved mensch father. Now, whenever I have blackberry jelly, it brings back very sweet memories of the most wonderful man in the entire world.

  35. my favorite is chokecherry jam..made in my own kitchen. :)

  36. I adore whole fruit conserves. My very favorite is black current. I have loved this since my beloved grandmother gave me some over 50 years ago.

  37. avatar says: Michael S

    favorite is still grape

  38. avatar says: chana

    Fav jam is blueberry!

  39. blueberry jam is my favorite

  40. avatar says: linda s

    My all time fav is the current jelly my grandmother made from the currents i would spend hours picking!

  41. I developed such a love for seasonal jams & marmalades, that I started my own little business making them in micro-batches, Freakin’ Flamingo. Not under OU supervision, but made in my kosher kitchen. :-) And blueberries are in season in Florida, right now. I’m traveling now, but when I get home, I’m making lots more Blueberry Marmalade!

  42. avatar says: SarahG

    I love blackberry – so good on homemade waffels

  43. Apricot has to be my favorite. Love it in Hamentashin, on chicken or just plain toast. Especially, toasted challah with margarine and apricot jam.

  44. My most favorite is strawberry jam, but I believe I love every one of the jams , jellies and marmalades that have already been mentioned.

  45. avatar says: Jamie

    I am usually very content with apricot, but I once had cherry preserves that were out of this world!

  46. avatar says: Irene

    Without a doubt – fig!

  47. avatar says: ZR

    Matza and strawberry jelly-yummy!

  48. avatar says: Shmuel

    Grape. Nothing goes better with peanut butter.

  49. avatar says: Marica

    I haven’t seen any in years, but my favorite was a black walnut jelly we used to get from a country store.

  50. avatar says: alycep

    I would have to say that my favorite is Marionberry jam from Oregon-love it!

  51. avatar says: rachel

    Strawberry – no other flavor ever tastes better.

  52. avatar says: Deb K

    My favorite is Mixed Jelly~Love it!


  53. avatar says: Shulammis

    My mother’s Syrian Haroset, made with dates–yummy all year round!

  54. My favorite jelly is grape jelly.

  55. i’ve always loved raspberry jelly

  56. avatar says: Amber

    My all-time favorite jelly is a delicious quince jelly that my great-aunt makes!

  57. avatar says: leahk

    I love anything strawberry including jelly. :)

  58. Sweet onion and garlic marmalade – garlic, sweet onions and balsamic vinegar blended together to make a jelly – an incredible glaze for fresh vegetables, an addition to enchance the flavour of any sauce for meat or a topping with cream cheese for toasted focaccia bread. It’s a staple in our household and so easy to make.

  59. Pomegranate Raspberry with grated orange peel. Tangy and sweet with a smooth aftertaste.

  60. I love the cloudberry jam you can buy at Ikea.

  61. My favorite is Peach preserves. I grew up eating peaches and peach preserves so as I got older, my taste for it never changed.

  62. avatar says: Diana

    I love strawberry rhubarb jam.
    Also, a long time ago I visited the winery at Biltmore Estate and they had amazing wine jellies there and they were so good. I’d love to win this.

  63. My all time favorite is Strawberry-Fig. I loved my grandmother’s homemade,

  64. avatar says: sim

    My favorite “jam” to have with peanut butter, is au natural. Fresh bluberries or strawberries are the way to go!

  65. avatar says: Rivkah T

    My all-time favorite jelly is just strawberry, with raspberry a close second. But these combos sound *excellent*. Strawberry-Champagne sounds yummy!

  66. avatar says: chris

    love apricot, peach and passionfruit preserves

  67. all time favorite Jam is peach

  68. Fresh picked Muscadine. My Grandmother, Emma, made the best. It was made as jelly and jam. Her homemade biscuits cut out with a snuf can ( small) with fresh butter from our own cows – well, Those smells in the early morning Sunshine and giving Thanks to have opened your eyes again: It was the best you could have, Muscadine Jelly and Jam.

  69. avatar says: deana c

    My all time favorite jam is red raspberry!

  70. avatar says: Lynda E.

    Orange Marmalade – courtesy of my Irish granny!

  71. avatar says: Sarah

    My favorite is raspberry jam.

  72. Ever since I loved in Russia for a couple of years my favorite is homemade raspberry !

  73. avatar says: Zack S

    Fig & Walnut has become my most recent love.

  74. avatar says: Chani

    I just love marmalade! (is that a jam? I dont know – but i love it anyway!)

  75. avatar says: Ashley

    I love apple butter (dunno if it’s a jam or a jelly though…)


  76. avatar says: Nancy R.

    I love blackberry jelly.

  77. avatar says: Chantel

    My favorite is raspberry freezer jam.

  78. avatar says: Pat B

    I love blueberry preserves

  79. My favorite Jam is Red Currant- it’s tart, flavorful, fabulous with cream cheese over a fresh warm blini! Scrumptious.

  80. avatar says: Amanda

    I’ve always been a fan of strawberry jelly. I just love the taste of strawberries.

  81. avatar says: Diana

    My all-time favourite jam has to be a nice thick plum jam….yum!!! I too eat it by the spoonfuls :)

  82. avatar says: shawna

    Strawberry is my fav.

  83. I like jalapeno jelly

  84. avatar says: tallcapp

    My all time favorite is orange marmalade.

  85. avatar says: jeanine

    i love homemade strawberry jam

  86. avatar says: Crissy D.

    My favorite all time is the homemade Raspberry jam my Grandma made when I was younger.

  87. avatar says: Sarah

    My favorite jam is raspberry preserves.

  88. avatar says: elka

    Strawberry preserves of any kind I like.

  89. avatar says: ashley r.

    my future mother in law makes the best strawberry jam ever. we eat it on everything – french toast, regular toast, ice cream, by the spoonful…

  90. avatar says: Maria U.

    My favorite jam is raspberry with clotted cream on a freshly baked scone.

  91. I love black raspberry jam

  92. avatar says: Elizabeth

    a toss up: homemade quince preserve or my mom’s homemade kumquat marmalade

  93. I like Jimmy Jam and Apple Butter Jelly!

  94. Aunt Bertha’s Apple Cinnamen preserves. They are from Israel and are kosher all year long.

  95. avatar says: Rachel B.

    Orange marmalade – not too sweet with a bitter finish.

  96. Triple Fruit Preserves that you get at Wegman’s.

  97. I love Blueberry preserves – because I love every/anything with blueberries, and I love Fig Preserves with cheese, but after a trip to Sweden, my favorite has to be Lingonberry Jam/Preserves. It’s great with anything from pancakes to meats!

  98. avatar says: Jodie M.

    My all-time favourite jam would probably be apricot jam.

  99. avatar says: Erin E

    My favorite jam is the raspberry jam that my grandmother would make every year using the raspberries from her garden. It was always perfect! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  100. avatar says: Brittany

    I would have to say my favorite is white cherry and apricot. I get a jar of it almost everytime I go to Little Rock since no one in my area sells it.

  101. avatar says: Gianna

    I LOVE strawberry jam :)

  102. avatar says: Sand

    I love pomegranate jelly!

  103. Blackberry Preserves are my favorite.

  104. i love strawberry jam!

  105. avatar says: Tracy P

    I love strawberry jam.

  106. avatar says: Suzanna60

    my favorite is Black Raspberry Jam

  107. avatar says: Jane H

    Red raspberry is my all-time favorite except for those little seeds :-) . Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

  108. Raspberry is definitely my favourite!

  109. AND THE WINNER IS….. Lynda E! Lynda – please check your email for a message from us on how to claim your prize.

    Don’t despair folks – plenty more contests are open on our contests page.