Pickled Plums

It never would have occurred to me to pickle plums, but my friend Christina convinced me that pickled fruit was both delicious and indispensable. Hence, pickled plums. I made a couple of jars about a month ago and have been waiting until now so that I could taste them before sharing the recipe with all […]

Raspberry Plum Sorbet

My husband—a native New Englander—insists that the time to eat ice cream is winter, not summer. So, now that there’s a chill in the air, he’s craving frozen treats. Since this is an excuse to pull out yet another gadget from the pantry, I am happy to oblige.

Sorbets are basically a frozen purée of fruit […]

Canned Pears with Star Anise

Normally, I am a fan of the hot-pack approach to canning fruit, as it helps you fit more fruit into each jar. A recipe in last month’s New York Times, however, convinced me that it’s silly to poach pears separately, since a water-bath canning process will effectively poach the pears for you. I found their […]

Peach Syrup

Should you be so lucky as to still have access to peaches, and should you decide to can some, may I recommend a) that you drown them in honey and b) that you can the leftover juice/syrup/nectar as a base for delicious cocktails for sometime in the future?

Peaches in Honey (for canning)

Straight out of the […]

Dehydrated Fruit

The problem with dehydrated fruit is that the people who live with you tend to eat it before winter comes. The only solution? Dehydrate more fruit.

I’d give you drying times, but they’re sort of meaningless, since it depends on the variety, the thickness of the fruit, the ambient temperature, and how you plan to store […]

Cherry Raspberry Jam

It’s not too late for raspberries! Cherries came and went long ago, but if you happened to freeze some, you can still make a fabulous, sweet-tart jam that tastes like summer. The raspberries melt into a luscious sauce studded with the cherries. It’s by far my favorite jam—the kind you hate to open because the […]

Blackberry Sauce

Faced with an avalanche of blackberries? Want a freezer or shelf full of gorgeous, garnet colored sauce? Then this might be just the project for you. I’m loathe to call it a “recipe”—it’s something Jilly whipped up when I kept bringing in box after box of giant blackberries from our mother’s patch on my recent […]

Better Dried Cherries (and a beef stew)

Remember how sad I was when I tried to dehydrate some Ranier cherries earlier this summer? It turns out it’s all in the variety. Cherries, it seems, can be divided into categories besides sweet and sour. You’ve also got your juicy cherries (think big, dark varieties) and your fleshy cherries (think Bings and Raniers: almost […]

Peach Chutney with Lime

A good fruit chutney has many benefits. It’s a secret serving of a fruit, a piquant punch of flavor, and perhaps the ideal partner for a good cheddar cheese. It’s especially useful for cheap meals: a bowl of brown rice and dal gets a lot more interesting with a big plop of chutney on top.

I’ve […]

Cherries in Syrup

Sorry for the silence, folks. I am forcing myself to step slowly away from the piano to tell you more about what we did with all that fruit. We’ll get back in the swing of thing with an easy one: cherries in syrup.

Do you like brandied cherries? Or maybe candied cherries? Then this one may […]

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