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How often do you change up the food that you serve to your family? Our family consistently had spaghetti on Mondays, tacos on Tuesdays, and the list goes on. I felt that it was easier for my family to know what to expect for dinner each night and it made shopping so much easier for me. What I didn't realize is that limiting the kinds of foods that I served my family was impacting their enjoyment of dinner. I decided to get a good cookbook and start trying new recipes. My blog can provide you with a ton of specialty food ideas for your family.


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Creative Ways To Use Berry Marmalade

Similar to jam, marmalade is made by boiling the juice and peel of fruit with sugar and water to create a sweet, spreadable topping for toast, muffins and a variety of other food items. You can either make marmalade yourself using produce from your own summer garden or fruit trees, or buy it from a specialty food retailer selling gourmet products.

Marmalade can be made from a variety of fruit, including oranges, lemons, lime, kumquats, grapefruits and even blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Along with using the spread in the traditional way of enhancing baked goods, you can also incorporate it into sweet and savory recipes as an unexpected and delicious twist.

Here are some creative ways you can work berry marmalade into recipes: 

1. Roast Chicken 

You can use marmalade to create a sweet glaze for roast chicken by spreading it onto skin at the end of the cooking process. Not only will the berry spread add a touch of sweetness, it will keep the chicken moist as well.

Complement the marmalade-glazed chicken with other naturally sweet side items, such as roasted carrots or yams. You can also use the berry marmalade to glaze pork chops or pork loin for a bright, lively flavor.

2. Vinaigrettes 

Create a sweet-and-tangy side or main course salad by adding a spoonful or two of berry marmalade to a basic balsamic vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette. The flavor will especially complement a salad made with fruit, such as a spinach, strawberry, and chicken tender mix. 

3. Salmon Marinade 

Before grilling or baking a salmon fillet, marinade it in a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil and berry marmalade for an Asian-inspired touch. Serve the fish with jasmine rice and green beans sauteed with fresh ginger to complete the meal. 

4. Yogurt Sweetener

When you buy your favorite flavored Greek-style yogurt, you may be getting more than just a healthy dose of low-fat protein. A lot of the fruit flavorings contain a an excess of sugar, so buy plain yogurt and sweeten it with a spoonful of berry marmalade instead.

This technique is especially useful for controlling your kids' sugar intake in the morning, and the young ones will love the sweet berry flavor.

5. Scone Flavoring

 Instead of just serving plain scones with a dollop of marmalade, incorporate the berry spread into the mix before baking as a sweet surprise. You can also do this with muffin and even vanilla cake mixes for natural flavoring and coloring. 

For more information, contact companies like Chunkyfruits.