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Won't repeat what's above. Here are a few other ideas:
(1) A savory fruit salsa....I've seen peach salsas and mango salsas you might use for inspiration. (Might be better for canned fruit than for "preserves" per se.)

(2) Oven-dried fruit leathers for snacking--since you have a variety of preserves, I bet you could develop some fun flavor combinations.

(3) Topping for vegan crepes.

(4) With additional pectin/cooking you can make pastes like membrillo (traditionally made from the pectin-rich quince) to eat with bread. Traditionally it's also eaten with cheese, but salty nuts might also provide a nice, vegan compliment.

(5) Make a fruity variation on sweet Thai chili sauce or other sweet hot pepper jam. One of our farmer's market vendors serves naan topped with cilantro pesto and a sweet red jalapeno jam. It's one of our favorite weekend lunches, and can be adapted for a vegan flat bread.

(6) Incorporate into a gastrique to go on top of roasted veggies. (Asparagus is one of my favorites.)

(7) Use in a cold fruit soup in the summer.

Vegan Ideas for Using My Stash of Fruit Preserves? Good Questions
3/24/14 08:24 PM

A Roth account is often better than traditional account, especially if you're starting when you're young and lower paid.

In a nutshell, you should start with the amount of income you expect to use annually in retirement, and the tax bracket that's in. If you're earning more than that amount, the traditional IRA is generally better. But if you're currently earning less than that (e.g. because you're at the start of your career), the Roth is better. This rule of thumb is based on whether you pay less tax by paying that tax upfront (when you're starting out and earning less), or deferring (when you're in your peak earning years).

That said, the Wall Street Journal just had a piece on March 15th which explained that if you don't expect your tax rate to change in retirement, Roth accounts (401k's or IRA's) have the slight advantage. They also have fewer restrictions on distributions.

Practically Painless Ways to Build a Nest Egg Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/17/14 04:36 PM

I like to host, and have never done more than ask people to bring a dish. But financially, it does add up. Some friends hate to cook, and never reciprocate hosting. Over the years, it's gradually taken some of the fun out of hosting to always be the one to foot the bill. (Nor does a cheap bottle of wine, or a six pack of beer--which we don't drink--really help.)

So what to do? In theory, we can just meet at restaurants instead. But as more couples have kids, it becomes logistically easier to meet at home, where kids can roam and people don't need to come and go on a restaurant's schedule. Even without kids, it can be more pleasant to have a whole evening to hang out at home, rather than being ushered out ASAP by a waitress who needs the table for the next round of seatings.

At some point, I think its fair for friends to chip in, if one or a few people are frequently doing the organizing, cooking, clean-up, etc. that enables a group of friends to hang out, while others partake, but never reciprocate. It's not a perfect solution, but in some circumstances, it's better than a relationship cooling because the host becomes tapped out and resentful and stops extending invitations altogether. After all, usually we're friends with people for things they bring to our lives that have nothing to do with their dinner party reciprocity, and we want to seek out solutions that keep those relationships working, even if those solutions go against convention.

It sounds like this guy has a group of friends in his city that he hosts, with whom he has this type of arrangement. And it must work for them. But Amelia, being a one-time guest, isn't part of the regular group, and was taken aback by the arrangement. It seems like there was an unfortunate misunderstanding/miscommunication about the nature of the event to which the friend was inviting Amelia, but it doesn't warrant such stark condemnation.

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11/4/13 04:11 PM