Some of you may remember the argument Husband and I had some years ago about Mason jars: how I think they're great and he thinks they're dumb. Okay, maybe I'm putting words into his mouth—you can read the actual dialogue here. But I stand by my assertion that Mason jars rock. I use them for drinking glasses, for backup measuring cups, to store grains and popcorn to keep the pantry moths at bay, as flower vases and votive candle holders, as well as the obvious small-batch canning projects and leftover storage.
Today's raffle item suggests another use for jars: as baking vessels and serving dishes for dessert. Blogger Shaina Olmanson of Food for My Family brings us Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. I haven't tried any of the recipes since I'm off desserts for the time being, but they do sound pretty great: peanut butter cup cupcakes in jars, tres leches cakes in jars, coconut cream pies in jars, espresso creme brûlée in jars. You get the picture. There are also recipes for homemade cake mixes for gift-giving, like cranberry walnut quick bread, monster cookies, and spiced hot chocolate with marshmallows. (In jars!)
I happen to have an extra copy of this book from my friend who works at Harvard Common Press, so if you want it, leave a comment about your unusual uses for jars or what you're baking for the holidays because I like to torture myself. If you've recipe-tested for my book, you get to enter twice to double your chances (submit two separate comments or the random number generator will only count you once). The contest will close on Monday 12/10 at 10 p.m. EST. Good luck!