We are hosting two Italian exchange students for two weeks – it’s been an adventure! Giovanni and Giacomo are 17, from Genoa, love volleyball and eat us out of house and home. It’s been a lot of fun introducing them to some of our favorite dishes – Watermelon + Tomato Salad, Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad, and other seasonal favorites like this Strawberry Jam.
I made the jam yesterday morning before anyone was up. We used it to top Belgian waffles for breakfast. It’s that simple and that easy and yes – that delicious! I infused it with lavender from the garden. Classic strawberry jam is a wonderful thing, but the lavender infusion makes it really something special.
Yesterday was my birthday. Under the guise of going for a bike ride to the beach, the Italians went shopping and surprised me with an apron that boldly states “Keep Calm and Bake On.” Perfection!