Jalapeño Cornbread & Strawberry Jalapeño Lime Chia Jam

Week three, commence! This week brings a super fun cornbread and jam combination that’s been in my head since Olivelle released their Jalapeño Lime Balsamic Vinegar this summer. Strawberry and jalapeño are a really fun combination and cornbread is one of my favorite side dishes. I tweaked my go-to recipe to be lactose-free, included some extra flavors, and behold: a new happiness was born.

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Moist and with just the right amount of crumble, this cornbread is excellent on its own or smothered in your favorite condiment. It goes wonderfully with chili or barbecue and is perfect all year round. The jalapeño adds a lovely flavor with as much (or in my case, as little) heat as you like depending on how many seeds you remove. The hint of lime is a fun surprise and ties it into the chia jam with perfection.

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Chia jam is something that has intrigued me for awhile but I somehow never got around to making until just now. I realized one of my hesitations was the texture, but using a berry bypasses this since fruits like strawberry and blackberry already result in a more seedy texture than stone fruits.

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Frozen strawberries from Oregon (mostly to appease M) are readily available and have tons of flavor. A splash of the balsamic and a spoonful of chia seeds and in less than ten minutes you have a truly excellent jam. The fun part about this one is you could easily substitute a different balsamic for a completely different flavor. The Barrel Aged for a more standard pairing, or perhaps Sweet Basil for a fun spring edition. The world is your oyster jam!

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Whip up a batch of cornbread and jam and they are sure to brighten any chilly day. Individually both excellent, together these recipes create that perfect sweet and spicy combination without a ton of extra sugar.

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But if you want to drizzle honey on top of the whole thing, you won’t be wrong.

Strawberry Jalapeño Lime Chia Jam

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup frozen strawberries1
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp Jalapeño Lime Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer strawberries over medium until softened.
  2. Mash or puree berries to desired texture (I like mine chunky), then stir in chia and balsamic.
  3. Let cool briefly before serving; store leftovers in the fridge.

Notes

Why frozen? Unless you live in the Willamette Valley, the flavor is going to be better than fresh berries. Feel free to use fresh if you prefer though!

Jalapeño Honey Cornbread

Makes an 8×8″ baking dish

Ingredients

1 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Lime Fresco Sea Saltoptional

2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk (cow, almond, coconut)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil1
2 Tbsp honey, melted
2 Tbsp Jalapeño Lime White Balsamic Vinegar

1 jalapeño, diced (remove seeds for a milder flavor)2

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat an 8×8″ baking pan with nonstick spray or oil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until well combined.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until well combined.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry until just combined, then stir in jalapeño.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown along the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  6. Let cool briefly, then serve with jam.

Notes

1 For an extra limey flavor, substitute some or all Tahitian Lime Olive Oil.

For a legitimately spicy experience, don’t remove the seeds. I removed most of mine to keep the heat down and the flavor light.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Growing up in Southeast Alaska doesn’t give a lot of edible gardening opportunities. One thing that grows surprisingly well, however, is rhubarb. Most people have trouble containing it and are constantly trying to pawn off stalks or plants on whoever will take them. Luckily, rhubarb is one of my favorite flavors. I am partial to the more tartly flavored jams and pies and rhubarb pairs well with a number of berries and other fruits. My favorite duos, however, are strawberry and raspberry.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I basically live off our raspberry-rhubarb jam, and could eat strawberry-rhubarb pie for weeks without getting bored. With several bags of rhubarb in the freezer (courtesy of M’s parents in Oregon), and the need to use up my Costco supply of strawberries, a pie seemed in order. The tartness of rhubarb and the sweetness of strawberries, paired with just a hint of cinnamon, is fabulous on its own or with a side of vanilla ice cream. It keeps well in the fridge for nearly a week (it never lasts longer than that) and warms nicely in the microwave.

This pie would be a wonderful addition to a summer party or just your average evening, if you don’t want to share. (I wouldn’t blame you.)

Below find the recipe for a deep dish pie, along with my notes at the bottom. If you are using a regular-sized pie plate instead of deep dish, you may want to reduce to 4 cups rhubarb and 2-3 cups strawberries, to avoid having extra filling.

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Adapted from The Fiddlehead Cookbook

Ingredients

Pie crust for double-crust pie

4 1/2 cups rhubarb in 1/2″ slices
3-4 cups fresh strawberries, quartered

1/2 cup flour
1 1/3 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Gently fold sugar mixture into the fruit until well mixed, and let sit for fifteen minutes.
  5. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell, mounding towards the center.
  6. Put on top crust and bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 375 and bake for an additional 40-60 minutes, until juices are bubbling and rhubarb is tender.
  8. Let cool on the counter until pie plate can be safely picked up with bare hands, and then place in the fridge to store. Keeps well for a week in the fridge.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie - EdgeNotes

  • If using frozen rhubarb, allow to thaw and drain while you make the pie crust and prepare everything else.
  • I used the full amount of sugar, but use more or less according to your preference.
  • I like to place a cookie sheet on the shelf below the pie in order to catch overflow when baking.
  • A deep dish pie plate will likely need the longer range of baking time, whereas a regular pie plate should be done closer to the short end.
  • If it looks runny when you pull it out of the oven, that’s okay. It will solidify some when it cools, especially in the fridge.

Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt

Summer weather has finally shown up in my neck of the woods, which means cold food will soon be a necessity. In an effort to make my (daily) frozen dessert not always be a serving of ice cream, I attempted frozen yogurt. The bountiful supply of strawberries at Costco led me towards a strawberry flavor, which always seems like a great summer treat.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt This recipe is superbly easy and includes fresh strawberries to make use of your summer fruits. It’s not quite as creamy as ice cream (of course), but is much healthier and still has that delicious yogurt tang.

Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt

Makes 3-4 cups

Ingredients

1 (24 0z.) container Greek Gods Honey & Strawberry Greek Yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups fresh, whole strawberries

Directions

  1. Wash, hull, and then dice strawberries into small pieces. Lay on a paper towel to soak up the extra water.
  2. Mix yogurt and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined, then chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  3. Put your strawberries is fridge to chill while you churn the yogurt mixture according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
  4. In the last few minutes of churning, mash your strawberries slightly with a fork to release some of the juice, and pour into the yogurt. Let churn another 2-5 minutes or until thoroughly mixed. (Depending on how much you mashed the strawberries, the mixture will probably be very runny at this point; this is normal.)
  5. Transfer to a freezer safe bowl and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  6. Set on the counter for 10 minutes, serve, and enjoy!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt - cupNotes

  • The brand of yogurt might not be important, but Greek Gods is the only brand I buy so I can’t say for certain.
  • You can skip chilling the yogurt mixture in the fridge before churning, but don’t expect it to firm up a ton while churning. (It freezes fine in the freezer afterward.)
  • Thoroughly dry the strawberries because the extra water can make the yogurt a little icy. You can also opt not to mash the strawberries if you are concerned about the texture. The juice is what makes the yogurt a lovely pink color, but it’s not strictly necessary; you could also add a few drops of red food coloring instead but I preferred the natural coloring.
  • Mine was not “soft serve” right after churning but firmed up nicely in the freezer. Make sure you allow freezer time!
  • The strawberries freeze very hard so make sure to cut them small. Large frozen chunks can make the yogurt very difficult to serve (and are pretty cold on the teeth.)