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A Passion for Pickled Persimmons

Wednesday, 17. December 2014 5:27

Just pickle it. Persimmons, that is.

Just pickle it. Persimmons, that is.

 

This is one of those home-made treats that makes people take notice.

It adds just a little something special to a charcuterie or cheese platter. And it makes for an eye-opening host/hostess gift.

Now’s the time to get acquainted with “Pickled Persimmons.”

I shamelessly admit I got the idea for making these from Chef Bradley Ogden when I recently dined at his new Bradley’s Fine Diner in Menlo Park. His pickled persimmons accompanied slabs of country pate. The duo together was so good I practically couldn’t stop eating it.

I learned from Ogden only that he used vinegar and Fuyu persimmons (the squat variety that can be enjoyed while still crunchy unlike the Haichiya type that must be eaten only when squishy ripe).

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Fig and Pistachio Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, 12. November 2014 5:26

Stuffing that doesn't have to weigh you down.

Stuffing that doesn’t have to weigh you down.

 

Think of this as Thanksgiving stuffing-lite.

Oh sure, it still has half a stick of butter in it.

But there’s no sausage in it. Nor any milk, cream or eggs. It gets moistened with chicken broth instead.

It also gets crunch from a profusion of pistachio nuts. And it gets a grown-up touch with dried figs that have been macerated in sweet white wine overnight. But don’t worry, they don’t come out tasting overly boozy. The alcohol tempers the fruit’s sweetness and adds a rounded depth. If you don’t have the Mucscat or Essensia called for in the recipe, you can improvise. I actually ended up using Canadian icewine I happened to have on hand.

The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbook writers, Molly Stevens. It first appeared in the February 2007 issue of Bon Appetit.

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Blueberry Bliss — Ice Cream-Style

Wednesday, 30. July 2014 5:25

My new favorite ice cream.

My new favorite ice cream.

Not only is the color vivid, so is the taste.

“Blueberry Ice Cream” sounds so matter of fact. But it’s quite special.

This is an ice cream in which the berry flavor soars spectacularly.

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Not One — But Two — Summer Fruits in One Easy Tart

Wednesday, 23. July 2014 5:26

Juicy, jammy and the perfect taste of summer.

Juicy, jammy and the perfect taste of summer.

 

What do you get when you combine fresh summer raspberries with juicy mangoes?

A tart that’s nothing short of sensational.

It is beyond easy, too.

“Juicy Mango-Raspberry Crumble Tart” is from “One Bowl Baking” (Running Press) of which I received a review copy. The book is by Yvonne Ruperti, a former recipe developer and writer for Cook’s Illustrated magazine.

OneBowlBaking

As the name implies, these are recipe that for the most part do only require one bowl to make. Of course, there are a few exceptions, such as if you make one of the layer-cake recipes, then you will need a bowl to make the batter, and another to make the frosting. The recipes don’t require the use of an electric mixer, either, just good ol’ fashioned arm-power to whisk or stir.

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And Now For a Beer That’s A Little Different

Wednesday, 18. June 2014 5:26

Your eyes are not fooling you.

Your eyes are not fooling you.

 

If you think the foamy head on that frosty mug of beer looks a shade pink, your eyes are not deceiving you.

That’s because this beer has the unlikely ingredient of blackberries.

A full pound of blackberries per liter, in fact.

The Palos Verdes Brouwerij West’s beer is whimsically named “Dog Ate My Homework.”

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