Our CSA share includes a fruit share that supplies (in addition to excellent apples, peaches and pears) harder to find fruit better suited to preserving than eating out of hand. The last two weeks this has been damson plums, which are much too tart to eat, and so we’re trying two classic preparations: damson gin and damson jam. (more…)
I love dark chocolate, and Askinosie is one of my favorite brands. Nicole bought me a container of Askinoise Roasted Cocoa Nibs for Christmas, and try as I might, I never found a way I liked to eat them. My extraction revelation came a few weeks ago at Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, when I ordered a Manhattan made with chocolate bitters. (more…)
Last Christmas, Eric’s brother Matt gave us the book Salt Sugar Smoke: how to preserve fruit, vegetables, meat and fish by Dana Henry.
It’s a beautiful book with great photography, and we loved the concept of the homemade liqueurs as a way to enjoy the flavors of summer in the cold of winter. Nicole had the brilliant idea to make a large batch and give them as Christmas gifts this year, so using peaches from our CSA and Italian plums from the Sunnyside Farmers Market, we made a pair of liqueurs: Vin de Peches and Russian Plum Liquer. (more…)