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Bijouxs Basics: Kinda Joan’s Pickles

Bijouxs Basics: Kinda Joan's Pickles

I was missing my home town Los Angeles and craving the pickles that are served at Joan’s on Third. Here is my version of Joan’s on Third Sweet and Crunchy Pickles – a Bijouxs Basic recipe.


I spent many a lunch time at Joan’s on Third at a table on the sidewalk. I worked in design field and the Westside locale is home to the design world.  I always ordered the Salad Trio; Chinese Chicken Salad, Curried Chickpeas and fruit, and of course a side of Joan’s Sweet & Crunchy pickles. Good news, you can purchase a carton of the pickles in the deli case. 




Craving the pickles, I spent time searching for a close approximation of my memory of the pickles. This recipe, Kinda Joan’s Pickles, is my take and delivers a crunch that is not-too-sweet.  These are close to Joan’s pickles. I have placed some notes on the recipe card to help clarify the ingredients.

Super easy refrigerator pickles take but a few ingredients, no cooking, marinate then ready to enjoy in about 30 minutes. Of course they are even better the next day. Enjoy them straight out of the jar, add to sandwiches and great alongside a BBQ or picnic.

Kinda Joan’s Pickles a basic from Bijouxs Little Jewels in the Kitchen.


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Small Batch Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam

Small Batch Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam | Bijouxs Little Jewels

Making an everyday jam is quick because they require no canning and take only about 30 minutes of your time. Enjoy Small Batch Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam No. 535 in the Recipe Collection.


This jam has just a few ingredients and is easy to create any day of the week. I love making these quick jams, my Strawberry Everyday Jam has been on repeat for years.
To branch out I adjusted a jam recipe from one of my favorite books Squirl Everything I Want to Eat. I discovered Jessica long ago at the Altadena Framers Market. She was just starting to sell her jams, they were fabulous, it was easy to predict her success.

Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam | Bijouxs Little Jewels


The Sqirl cookbook has recipes from the almost cult following at Sqirl restaurant and store in LA, very hip. When I moved back to LA after a short stint of living out of California, this was one of the first restaurants I made a beeline to. Creativity abounds at the restaurant. Do not pass on the toasts, or the daily quiche and of course pick up some jam.


This is a very small recipe, enough jam to just for a week. To achieve the silky smooth jam pictured, nothing more is required than patience and a little elbow grease. The berries have seeds and along with the cardamom seeds so sieving the jam takes a few minutes, but the product is very satisfying to create.Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam | Bijouxs Little Jewels


There are so many ways to enjoy this jam, however there is nothing quite like toast & jam. Thick slices of pullman baked Pan de Mie buttered and toasted are slathered with the brilliant ruby-hued jam. The smooth seed- free jam is worth the work. Enjoy Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam from the Bijouxs Recipe Collection. Follow me on Instagram to see what’s cooking in the Bijouxs Kitchen.


Seedless Blackberry Cardamom Jam | Bijouxs Little Jewels