Summer so far has been about fresh veg and a few obsessions: this salad, blackberries, and as much ice cream and sorbet as possible.

IMG_2213I picked up this great book from Food in Jars author (and you should too.) I’ve had a great time canning without sugar and experimenting with sealing the jars in my  steam oven. What a luxury it is to preserve in summertime without the big vat of boiling water!

And then this – an update to my favorite party platter. Summer style, of course, means showcasing raw vegetables and my new favorite condiment, gremolata. Look for the recipe in the next From Scratch column on the Kitsap Sun’s site.