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THE DRUNKEN MONKEY EXPERIMENT

How exactly does a monkey get drunk these days? Well, you coat his bananas in sugar, add a splash of rum, and he becomes one saucy monkey. Add some homemade peanut butter to the mix and your monkey will go NUTS. Okay, okay, that should cover the cheesy quota for the year… Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves! When debating what kind of jam to venture into next, we took seasonality into account. In the cold winter months when fresh fruit is near impossible to come by, one has to be very thoughtful of their selections. Bananas are one of those rare fruits that stay fresh and delicious all year round.  We started our jam with some just ripe bananas....

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DAIRY-FREE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

  We made a Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake for our lactose friend Mr. Jason Schwartz! Who knew that Tofutti's Better than Cream Cheese is actually DELICIOUS?!?? The secret ingredient was our Strawberry Jam topping.. the J+S recipe for Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake  Graham Cracker Crust 7 whole graham crackers 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (if vegan use vegan butter/margarine) 2 tablespoons sugar Filling 14 oz firm silken tofu 8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 2/3 cup sugar  3 tablespoons flour 4 eggs (omit for vegan) ¼ lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup vanilla soy milk Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor mix graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter until crumbs are fine and stick together. Press crumbs into bottom and...

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THE MAKING OF THE JAM STAND

             Who doesn't love spreadable delectable goodness? Because we most definitely DO..  We are Sabrina Valle and Jessica Quon, 2 gals in love with cooking, baking, jam making and the all around sweetness of life.  Sabbs, my little Brooklyn hipster, and I have been meeting-up on weekends for years to try out new recipes and ideas, mostly at the request of family and friends. It actually took one disastrous run-in with grapes (those of you who have attempted peeling hundreds of tiny grapes should understand) to start the discussions of what is now The Jam Stand. We cleared the goopy grapey mess, successfully canned our delicious homemade peach preserves and decided to turn our hobby into something...

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