Last year we received a gift of Emily G’s Jam Of Love, an exquisite artisan bramd. When the last jar was scraped clean, we were despondent.
We taste a lot of quality jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves that are perfectly nice. But on rare occasions, we come across a knockout. That’s how we feel about Emily G’s Jam Of Love, a lovely line of artisan jams and other condiments.
(If you don’t know the difference between chutney, jam, jelly, marmalade and preserves, we’ve got that covered in our Jam Glossary.)
Emily Myer, a culinary school graduate, has great recipes and top-notch jam-making skills. Superb fruit flavor, exquisite texture, creative recipes: These are jams (and marmalades) to treasure. Made by hand in small batches with the finest ingredients, these jams deliver a depth of flavor and texture that can’t be bested.
They’re a treat for the table, and a wonderful gift anytime. We love it for stocking stuffers and teacher gifts; and the heart on the label makes it a contender for Valentine’s Day, too.
Not to mention, place settings for Thanksgiving: a bounty for guests to take home.
EMILY G’S FABULOUS FLAVORS
Ten best-sellers are available year-round, with seasonal additions. Current selections on the website include:
Roasted Red Pepper
Tipsy Onion and Garlic
All are superb, but be sure to get Cabernet Sauvigon and Tipsy Onion and Garlic. They’ll really expand your horizons.
A 10-ounce jar is $8.50, there are different gift boxes with three jars (up to $29.99).
The jams are sold on EmilyGs.com, and there’s a store locator as well.
We [heart] you, Emily.
20 FAVORITE WAYS TO USE JAM
Bread is a given, as is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In truth, we eat these jams right from the jar, a heaping tablespoon for dessert; or on a buttery croissant or fresh or toasted baguette slices.
But here are 20 different ways to use [any] jam:
Breakfast Cheese. Serve as a condiment with cottage cheese, ricotta or any breakfast cheese.
Hot Cereal. Use a dab instead of sugar.
Pancake/Waffle Topping. Substitute jam for syrup.
Yogurt. Add jam to plain yogurt to customize your perfect fruit yogurt.
Jam With Breakfast
Grilled Cheese. Sharp cheeses like blue cheese and cheddar are perfect pairings for jam. Grill the jam with the cheese or serve it on the side as a condiment. For more flavor, use rye or a textured whole grain bread.
Salad Dressing. Warm a spoonful of jam and whisk it into salad dressings.
Sandwich Spread. Spread jam on the bread with a sandwich of cheese, ham, lamb, poultry or roast pork. To cut the sweetness, you can mix the jam with plain yogurt.
Jam With Lunch
Canapés. Top a cracker or slice of baguette with cheese, ham, turkey or other favorite and a bit of jam.
Cheese Condiment. Wonderful with a cheese plate (more cheese condiments) or atop a baked Brie. The popular appetizer of jam poured over a brick of cream cheese or a log of goat cheese, and served with crackers, is vastly improved with fine jam.
Dipping Sauce. Mix jam in a small bowl with sriracha, a hot chile and vinegar-sauce; or with plain hot sauce plus vinegar. You can also make a dip with fresh grated ginger and soy sauce.
Pepper Jelly. Mix in some red pepper flakes or dried or fresh minced chipotle, jalapeño or other chile (the different chile types).
Pretzel or Breadstick Dip. Mix with Dijon or other mustard. For a sweet-and-hot profile, add some hot sauce.
Jam With Appetizers & Snacks
Jam With Dinner
Condiment/Garnish. Serve with fish/seafood, chicken, lamb, pork.
Meat Glaze. Particularly delicious on poultry and pork. Mix with fresh herbs and garlic.
Sauce. Use jam with wine or vermouth to deglaze the pan. Add some to the pan while you’re cooking chicken or pork chops and let the flavor coat the meat.
Cheesecake. Fine jam makes a wonderful topping or a condiment on the side. Cookies. Thumbprints and rolled cookies with a jam swirl are classics.
Crêpe Filling. Delicious plain or with fresh goat cheese or mascarpone.
Dessert Sauce. Mix with plain or vanilla yogurt or sour cream.
Ice Cream & Sorbet Topping. Crown a scoop of sorbet with a dab of fine jam. Lightly warm the jam so it flows like a sauce over ice cream.
Layer Cake Filling. A coat of jam between the layers is a classic: Think Sacher Torte! Apricot or raspberry jam is delicious with chocolate cake; any flavor works with lemon cake.
Tarts & Tartlets. Fill tart or tartlet shells with jam. Top with a dab of crème fraîche, Greek yogurt, mascarpone or sour cream.
Jam With Dessert
Enjoy your jam!
 A treasure in each jar (photo courtesy Emily G’s Jams).  A bread and cracker spread with 20 more uses (the list is below; photo Al 62 | IST).  Garnish paté and canapes (photo Vicki F | IST).  For breakfast, add to cottage cheese, ricotta or yogurt (photo © Kirsten Photo).  Swordfish with fig jam (photo courtesy Fresh Originals).  Brownie bites with berry jam (photo Emily G’s).