A few years ago, I hit upon the idea of presenting family and friends with baskets of homemade jam as gifts. With cherries, cinnamon and cloves, this smells and tastes like Christmas! —Marilyn Reineman, Stockton, California
You'll definitely capture the flavors of summer with this chunky, luscious toast-topper from Gwen Frankhouser of El Cajon, California. "Best of all," notes Gwen, "this jam freezes well for up to a year, and it makes a great housewarming or hostess gift idea."
I'm sure to pick up extra bags of cranberries for the freezer in fall so that I can make this lovely, delicious jam all year-round. My kids love it on peanut butter sandwiches. Jars of this pretty ruby-colored jam also make great gifts.
-Marjilee Booth, Chino Hills, California
I created this recipe one year when I had excess apples. The brown sugar gives the jam a wonderful caramel taste. I'm a retired master baker and cook who enjoys preparing Southern dishes for my wife of 48 years, two sons and five grandchildren. —Robert Atwood, West Wareham, Massachusetts
Growing up, I adored my mom’s gingerbread cake with lemon sauce, so I re-created the combination for my family. The spice- and molasses-flavored muffins spread with homemade lemon curd are a new-generation favorite. —Kelly Trupkiewicz, Fort Collins, Colorado