So, I started reading a new book. Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture. Have you heard about it? I am only 100 pages or so in, so I can't really give you a synopsis yet (I'm no good at those anyway), but I will say it really has me thinking about several issues. One issue being the idea of the family as a productive unit, rather than a consumptive unit. Making things rather than buying them. Doing it yourself rather than paying someone to do it for you. Not being a pawn in the evil corporate world's marketing game.
Too deep/complicated/uninteresting/confusing? I apologize.
Why don't I just give you a recipe to get you started? Good idea. We all eat strawberry jam from time to time. And probably you bought it in a jar at the store, right? Turns out, it is very simple to make and is a great way to use up past-their-prime berries.
Quick Strawberry Jam
from The Gourmet Cookbook
1 lb. strawberries, hulled, halved and mashed
1/2 c. or so sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
2 T. pectin
2 t. lemon juice (or to taste)
In a 12 in. non-stick skillet, stir and simmer all ingredients over moderate heat for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Cool and put into pretty jars. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
That's all! See? Don't you feel all Laura Ingalls Wilder now?
Seriously, though, have you read the book? What do you think?