The Jam Jar Kitchen Blog

Low Carb Steak Fajitas

Flank steak (when done right) is one of my very favorite cuts of meat and is far more economical (and in my opinion more flavorful) than many other more expensive options. The keys to getting a super tender flank steak are to tenderize it with a meat mallet (or rolling […]

 

French Silk Boo Cups

Love a good Halloween “Boo” cup but feeling something a bit more sophisticated than the traditional boxed pudding and Oreo combination? Well this recipe is for you! Using a deliciously light and fluffy French silk pie filling combined with crumbled chocolate bunny graham “dirt” and an adorably spooky meringue ghost […]

 

Turkey Taco Pasta

Tacos are, without a doubt, one of my favorite things to make and eat. But if you’ve ever handed a taco to a young toddler you will almost undoubtedly find the result…frustrating. For both you and the toddler! Thus, this taco pasta recipe was born. Rather than make something completely […]

 

German Style Sweet & Sour Cabbage

I love red cabbage. Seriously. It is such a humble ingredient but it is absolutely chock full of nutrients and there is just so much you can do with it. And while I make red cabbage in a variety of ways, this sweet and sour German recipe is my favorite. […]

 

Pumpkin Spice “Nice”cream

When my British husband first moved to Texas a few years ago he was a little baffled about the overwhelming obsession everyone in Texas seemed to have with the Fall season. Especially when it meant families dragging their sweater wearing toddlers to pumpkin patches for photos in 90 degree heat. […]

 

Maple Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fall Veggies

I know that fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd but y’all, I. am. ready. This year’s Texas summer has seemed especially restricting with all the COVID related closures of indoor activities, especially for the kids and I am ready for some cooler weather and safe outdoor fun. And most […]

 

Green Chili Chicken Chili

Try saying that 5 times fast! I have to tell you I have been making a version of this Green Chili Chicken Chili (or White Chicken Chili) for YEARS and up until now, much to the chagrin of friends of family, have never thought to actually write down the recipe. […]

 

Asian Green Bean Salad

Over Labor Day weekend we took the kids to the beach with some of my family. Now I typically pack snacks of the cracker variety for such outings so I was surprised when my Aunt Patricia pulled out a giant freezer bag full of marinated green beans from her cooler. […]

 

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian dishes and while it does require a little TLC to make a truly fabulous version at home I can assure you it is worth it. The key to a really great Eggplant Parmesan is to draw out as much moisture from the […]

 

Perfect Pesto

My mother is without a doubt our family’s queen gardener and when her basil plants went crazy this year it seemed like pesto was simply meant to be. And so it was. Homemade pesto is one of my husband’s favorite things in the world to eat so you can imagine […]

 

Braised Red Cabbage & Fennel

Without a doubt this braised red cabbage and fennel recipe is one of my favorite fall side dishes. It’s incredibly easy to throw together, makes a huge pot that can last through the week and tastes fantastic. I love serving it with meat, especially pork, and mashed potatoes and it […]

 

Orange & Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

One of my favorite things is when I try a new recipe using ingredients in my kitchen that are about to spoil and come up with something truly delicious. This Ricotta Cake is a perfect example of that! Using leftover ricotta that was just a few days away from going […]

 

Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Grilled Pork

Bún Thịt Nướng, or Vietnamese grilled pork with noodles, has been my preferred order at Vietnamese restaurants for YEARS (sorry pho). And for the life of me I can’t understand why, up until now of course, I had never thought to try making it myself at home because it is […]

 

Skillet White Cheddar Mac-n-Cheese

Growing up for me meant that macaroni and cheese came from a blue cardboard box (sorry mom). And to be completely honest, I still think back on that powdery cheesy mess quite fondly. But had I known how easy it was to make your own homemade macaroni and cheese with […]

 

Seared Salmon with Parsley Sauce

If you have never had parsley sauce you are not alone. A traditional English sauce, it seems to have not quite made the journey over to us in the States which is a real shame because it a truly delicious condiment. I first had it when my British mother-in-law served […]

 

Lime curd

Y’all I don’t even know how to begin to tell you how good this stuff is. Now, I love a good chocolate cake as much as the next person but by and large my dessert of choice is more on the fruity and tart side of things. And this curd […]

 

Marmalade Whiskey Sours

One of my very favorite ways to use preserves is in cocktails. They both sweeten and flavor your favorite drinks and bring out a lovely depth of flavor that you wouldn’t otherwise get. For this recipe I highly recommend using Preserve International’s Meyer Lemon Marmalade (linked below), but if you […]

 

Barbacoa Beef tacos

This is one of those set it and forget it recipes that makes you remember why you even got that slow cooker in the first place. Rich, flavorful beef chuck roast is slow cooked to perfection with chiles and spices until it is tender and smoky. I love it in […]

 

Chicken & broccoli spaghetti squash boats

Does anyone remember those delicious casseroles our moms used to make with chicken, broccoli, and the ever present cans of cream of mushroom soup? Well I do, and they were delicious. This equally delicious, albeit healthier take on the classic casserole has all of the comfort of the original with […]

 

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