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Growing on the High Plains: Conserve Comfort

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For Thanksgiving, this week's episode shares some sweet news about our holiday table, with a focus on conserves, jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades.

It's finally Thanksgiving, and I'm so grateful to be crafting the holiday table with delectable dishes that feature garden fare from this year's bounty. One of the most exciting elements on the menu remains my specialty "conserve" (not to be confused with jams, jellies, preserves, compotes, marmalades, fruit butters, or sweet meats). From my family to yours, here's a toast to a beautiful holiday and lots of treats (that were grown on the High Plains).

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.