‘Listen to the Mockingbird’ Jams

The first time I met Stephanie Magilow, she was sampling product at Central Market and wearing a hairnet.

The second time I met her there, she was wearing a hairnet.

The third time I met her, I didn’t recognize her without her hairnet, but I recognized the small jars lined up like buttons on a blouse on an upstairs table at Royal Blue Grocery. She’d brought samples from her new food company, Mockingbird Gourmet.

The co-creator of Jammit Jam is spreading her wings into a new line of comestibles made with fruit and other ingredients sourced from farms within a 50-mile radius of Dallas and in some cases, even closer –like the herb garden in her Highland Park backyard.

The inspiration for the name of this endeavor came from the street on which her grandma lived: Mockingbird Lane, just around the corner from her home.

Though she will continue to produce and sell Jammit Jams, Stephanie will expand the Mockingbird Gourmet product line to include gems such as limited edition preserves, jams, caramel sauces, and, eventually, pastry.

Stephanie Magilow has a new product line featuring food produced in the area. (Courtesy photos)

Local sourcing plus fixed seasonality means each batch of jams will be limited editions, with only 60-80 6-ounce jars per run available for sale. Stephanie’s relationships with local farmers and Market Provisions at the Dallas Farmer’s Market grants her access to straight-from-the-plant produce which she immediately adds to her recipes.

Since North Texas is resplendent with fresh blueberries, figs, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, pecans, and more, Stephanie has great bounty with which to showcase her affinity for combining flavors and developing recipes. If you’ve tasted her jams, you know she can pair surprising flavors to bring out the best of each.

Mockingbird Gourmet debuted in May at the Saint Michael’s Farmer’s Market where she sold her Fig Jam, Strawberry Jalapeño Limeade Jam, Moroccan Tomato Jam, and her caramel sauces, which are sublime. The Bourbon Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramel is made with raw cane sugar and Madagascar vanilla beans which have been soaked in Dallas’ own Herman Marshall Texas Bourbon Whiskey for a year. She also makes a vegan and paleo version of the sauce sweetened with maple syrup (obviously not from Texas) and includes coconut oil and almond butter.

Mockingbird Gourmet can be found at the Saint Michael’s Farmer’s Market all summer, Market Provisions at the downtown Farmer’s Market, and Scardello’s on Oak Lawn.

Pairing notes: Since I met with Stephanie, the song “Listen to the Mockingbird” has been tapping around my brain. I’m partial to the version from the George Lewis Band recorded at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. My roots run deep in Louisiana; why I love food and music so much, I suppose. I grew up listening to jazz and eating my grandmother’s fig jams and kumquat preserves, made right from the trees in her garden. Stephanie’s jams are made much the same way, with an almost maternal love for the fresh fruit ingredients and farmers who grow them.

Kersten Rettig

Kersten Rettig eats, cooks, drinks, listens and loves, and tells all about it as a food writer and Instagrammer. She is president of the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and serves on the board of VNA Texas/Meals on Wheels. She's a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter. Follow her on Instagram @KickshawPapers.

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