Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

Homemade Holiday Candy Workshop -- 10 Tantalizing Recipes for Fabulous Fudge, Creamy Caramels, Terrific Toffee and Marvelous Marshmallows!

This week I've had to step back and focus on some family business, but I couldn't help but check in to our cozy little meeting place here to wish you a very happy first day of December.  In celebration of the sweetness of the holidays, I'm sharing ten of my favorite recipes for homemade holiday candies.

Here you'll find a beautifully simple shortbread toffee recipe, my signature dark chocolate ganache topped fudge recipes, truffles and caramels, and even some bacon-laced marshmallows. Enjoy!


Squirrel Nut Fudge -- An old-fashioned brown sugar fudge with toasted almonds

Pecan Penuche -- Another old fashioned classic, updated with chocolate ganache and sea salt.


Dark Chocolate Honey Truffles (garnished with granulated honey)

Dark Chocolate Truffles (Garnished with Fennel Pollen)


Homemade Hanukkah Gelt (Chocolate Covered Apricots)

What is your favorite holiday candy?

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