Watching my grandmother can hundreds of jars of tomatoes, peaches and pears inspired me to first try making jams and jellies myself. I can remember, as a girl, going down into her cellar—all those jars on the shelves gave me such a warm homey feeling! This jam is one my family enjoys on warm homemade corn or blueberry muffins. The cinnamon's a bit of a surprise. —Barbara Burns, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
One whiff is all it takes to tell what we grow on our farm—peppermint! Harvesting 300 acres is hard work, by the invigorating scent keeps our taste buds tuned for minty treats. I use fresh mint or mint oil frequently in my cooking and baking. Try this aromatic jelly on lamb or oven-fresh biscuits.—Kandy Clarke, Columbia Falls, Montana
The thing I like best about this jam is the way the plums stretch the flavor of the raspberries. I make it when plums are in season, and we enjoy it all winter long on toast or homemade bread.
For a few years, my husband and I had a small acreage with chickens, rabbits and sheep. Although we now live in town, our hearts still belong in the country! We have six children—three of them grown, two teenagers plus a girl who's 10—and two grandchildren.
This recipe comes from my mother-in-law, Myrtress Harrington, who enjoyed the pretty golden spread over pancakes, French toast and breakfast cereal when she was a girl.—Myrtress Harrington, Steuben, Maine
With just five simple ingredients, kids of all ages can stir up this sweet peanut butter spread in a jiffy. "It's my husband's favorite," notes Connie Bell of Wagoner, Oklahoma. "It's wonderful slathered on warm biscuits for breakfast."
"Years ago, when I complained my pear jam was bland, an aunt suggested that I add plum pulp to my next batch," recalls Margaret Zickert from Deerfield, Wisconsin. "I did...and then I won the grand prize in a recipe contest with the thick tasty results!"