The perfect accompaniment can really heighten the flavors of a dish. We’ve created a collection of sauces, spice rubs, compound butters and more to accent your meals with an additional touch of flavor.

To browse these recipes in a list format, along with all of our recipes by category, see our Full Recipe Listing.

Post image for Chocolate Cranberry Jam

Homemade jam is one of the most flavorful ways to preserve fruit, and with the basics of fresh fruit, sugar and spices, making your own jam is a lot simpler than you may think. This recipe pairs tart cranberries with rich chocolate for a deliciously sinful jam.

Makes slightly more than 1 pint


1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) sugar
1/3 cup water
1 star anise
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60-72% recommended), finely chopped


Pastry brush
Pint jar or canning jar
Rubber spatula
Tall non-reactive metal saucepan


Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Mix until the sugar is completely covered with water, resembling wet sand. Add the star anise and orange zest. Wet your hand or a pastry brush and run it around the edge of the pot to remove any stray sugar crystals. Place the pan over medium heat and bring the sugar to a simmer. Continue to simmer briskly, without stirring, until the sugar reaches hardball stage (248 degrees F) and the bubbles on the surface begin to look evenly sized.

Immediately add the cranberries, stirring with a rubber spatula. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring often, until all of the cranberries have softened and the jam thickly coats the back of a spoon. Remove the pan from heat and immediately stir in the chocolate until it is completely combined. Transfer to a jar to cool, then store in the refrigerator.

[Chef’s Note: When you add the cranberries, they may begin to clump together. Don’t worry, as they will soon begin to pop as their skins burst, release all of their succulent juices and melt the sugar again.]


A spoonful of the jam is a delightful accompaniment with poultry or lamb. Spread on toast, biscuits or scones for a luscious breakfast.


Jam-making can be one of the most creative ways to preserve fruit, and this jam is no exception. Omit the chocolate for a wonderfully fragrant cranberry jam, or try this recipe with other fruits to create your own recipe. Use different flavorings and spices instead of the star anise and orange: Lemon, lime, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves or peppercorns make flavorful additions. Brown sugar can also replace the white.

Recipe and photo by Monica Glass

{ 1 comment }

Spiced Cranberry & Orange Relish

Thumbnail image for Spiced Cranberry & Orange Relish

Chicken, turkey, or chops adore being dressed with this relish.

Lavender & Honey Roasted Chicken

Thumbnail image for Lavender & Honey Roasted Chicken

This marinade is great for roasted chicken, duck, hens, or any poultry.

Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Hummus

Thumbnail image for Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Hummus

Tantalize your taste buds with this richly spiced hummus spread. Roasting large amounts of garlic helps to impart a sweet, smooth flavor.

Cherry Port Sauce

Thumbnail image for Cherry Port Sauce

Sweet dark cherries simmered in ruby port wine with a hint of star anise and cinnamon make for a stunning dessert topping.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Creamy Lemongrass Dressing

Thumbnail image for Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Creamy Lemongrass Dressing

This dressing is just one step removed from a lemon aioli. Rich, creamy, with just enough lemon and herbiness from the lemongrass, the dressing balances the strong charred flavor of the grilled romaine.

Pepitas (Spicy Pumpkin Seeds)

Wondering what to do with all those pumpkin seeds? Here’s a spicy suggestion.

Roasted Fennel with Lavender & Honey Marinade

Thumbnail image for Roasted Fennel with Lavender & Honey Marinade

A great marinade for chicken or meat — and equally delicious on roasted vegetables, especially fennel!

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise

Thumbnail image for Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise

Artichokes are immensely satisfying, partly because enjoyment of the sweet tender flesh from the hearts is the result of a lot of hard work!

Roasted Asparagus with Tarragon Butter Sauce

Thumbnail image for Roasted Asparagus with Tarragon Butter Sauce

Although asparagus is available year-round, it is a traditional side dish for any spring feast (we’re a bit eager).

Caramelized Fig Spread

Thumbnail image for Caramelized Fig Spread

Fresh figs are sweet and delicious on their own, but sometimes we do love to give them a good roast.