i blog because


i don’t sell my pickles, jams, marmalade or kraut. if a publishing company came knocking at my door right this very minute i don’t think i could find the time to produce an entire book. those who know me well know that my paws are full with work that i love. work that has nothing to do with gardening, preserving or blogging.

on a whim i started tigress in a pickle and tigress in a jam, mainly to record my experiences growing my own food, eating locally and seasonally, and preserving what i grow. it has turned into something much more than that and almost 3 years later i’m still here, growing, eating, preserving, writing, photoing – and now all of you are here too!

as much to myself, as it is to you dear readers, this page is an on-going, not too well thought out (read; stream of consciousness) roar about why i do it.  it could get exciting, so check back often. ;-)


  • i blog because i care about the food i eat and the people i eat food with.
  • i blog because i’ve discovered the joy of getting my paws in the dirt and roaring about it might make you want to do it too.
  • i blog because real food tastes better than store bought crap.
  • i blog because i’m not jamie oliver but i can make a difference. we all can make a difference.
  • i blog because cows are dying in 3rd world countries from the plastic they consume. it’s true and it sucks.
  • i blog because i want people to get excited about vegetables and quit eating so much meat! i know free range, artisan, happy flesh – that’s great, but it should be at the side of the plate, or at least in the middle less times a week. if you won’t listen to me, listen to bittman for mark’s sake!
  •  i blog because i’m not a hater but i hate monsanto.
  • i blog because if i don’t write it down i’ll forget how i made that shizzle!
  • i blog because when i’m roarin’ about it, i’m more creative in the kitchen.
  • i blog because i love to take photos and i need somewhere to put them.
  • i blog because growth hormones are banned in milk and meat in the EU but they are rampant in the US.
  • i blog because purchasing fresh raw milk, straight from your neighboring farmer’s happy, healthy, grass-munching cow is practically criminal in this country.


to be continued…



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  • Here, here! Excellent mini-blogging manifesto. Bravo to you for inspiring others by sharing your stories. Nice work on the new site design : )

    • tigress says:

      thanks bethany! i hope that all of us who care about these issues will inspire each other to keep on fighting the good fight – and roar about it.

  • ScoobyDoo says:

    I’m loving your new look! A recent newcomer – I first caught up with your blogs about September last year – I’ve had GREAT feedback on Christmas presents of preserves and pickles using your recipes. Keep up the good work!

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  • Yve says:

    Or as one lady at the farmer’s market said, “Grow to hell Mon-Satan!”
    Love your site.

  • julia says:

    Great post, Tigress! I continue to blog because I love being in a great community like this. Keep roaring!

  • Nicole says:

    Happily wandered onto your site, searching for canned lime pickles no less.
    In any case, looks great, I preserve/can/cook from scratch with meat and veg from a local CSA…..husband cannot eat salt so that eliminates everything processed. I like oyur stuff, much more current than preserving cookbooks I have happened upon/own.
    As a comment to the above, aside form thanks – it is ILLEGAL to purchase raw milk in Ontario for any reason, a farmer was actually prosecuted for this offense (as far as I know it was eventually buried but the law wasn’t changed….) which sucks as I am getting ready to dabble in cheese and would love some non processed milk.

    • tigress says:

      hi nicole. welcome! dare i say if you are looking for lime pickles, you’ve come to the right place.
      thanks so much for the compliment on my recipes. and yikes on the raw milk law in ontario. it’s barely much better here, but at least in my state i can purchase from the farmer.

  • annette says:

    so glad i stumbled onto your site. i can not wait to try most of your fermented recipes!

  • Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • tigress says:

      are you still having problems with the images loading? it seems fine from my end. please let me know!

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