Gingered Pear Jam

We receive jelly or jam in our CSA box every other week, and occasionally we get an experiment that turned out exceptionally well — like Gingered Pear Jam. This stuff not only tastes amazing, the ingredients are also completely guilt-free: pear, honey, whole lemon (rind & flesh), ginger root, and salt.

It's hard to describe how perfect this jam is, but suffice it to say, I didn't want to share any once I tasted it. When Paula found out I was being a bit selfish with the jam, she made sure we got another so that my husband would get to enjoy it too ;)

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This "jam" has a wonderfully chunky consistency, almost like chopped up baked apples. This makes it perfect for serving with butter on french toast (recipe for an oven version here). The bread in our CSA box this week was Pecan Raisin Sourdough which made for a nice blend of flavors and textures when paired with the jam.

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Another great way to serve this jam is on pancakes — either 3-ingredient pancakes like the ones pictured here, or more traditional buckwheat pancakes.

Branching out a bit, I tried a couple spoonfuls of jam on my steel-cut oatmeal. What a treat! Usually I add multiple ingredients (honey, cinnamon, milk...) to my oatmeal, but this jam is the perfect addition all on its own.

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Lastly, this jam pairs so well with yogurt. I knew it couldn't be bad, but I wasn't quite expecting it to be this good! The honey, lemon, and ginger in the jam work so well with tart, plain yogurt. There's no need to add anything else, but putting together an Instagram-worthy yogurt bowl was fun. (And no...I didn't actually post it to Instagram. This is just for you here on the blog!) In addition to the Gingered Pear Jam, I also added slivered almonds, ground flax seed, and bee pollen.

The moral of this story is this: buy local. Making friends with the people who grow and make your food means you will find hidden treasures like Gingered Pear Jam. There's nothing like it.

What "hidden treasure" have you stumbled upon at a farmers market or local shop?

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