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persimmons and pomegranates

persimmons and pomegranates

November 17, 2008 |  Category:   seasonal

These have been our 2 fruits of choice of late. M’s crazy about eating pomegranates and we happily found some really big ones at Costco (a box of 6, of course). We’ve been going through them like mad. Miss C is intrigued by them as they look so appealing, like little ruby nuggets that are edible, but she can’t get past the hard kernel inside. And the persimmons? They are from my dad’s tree. He jokes that nobody steals them off his front lawn because nobody knows what they are or what to do with them. Persimmons may not be so commonly eaten here, but when they are perfectly ripe, they are like sweet custard with a most unusual flavor.… CONTINUE READING

apple pie

apple pie

September 27, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

I’ve been staring at a counter full of apples ever since we returned from our apple picking trip last weekend. If apples could talk, they would probably be telling me, “Hey buddy, I don’t care how busy you are, would you stop ignoring us and cook us or something?” They are New York apples, after all. Finally I did have a few minutes to whip up an apple pie the other day. I don’t really have a recipe that I use every time, I just seem to wing it and it comes out fine. This time I made a whole wheat crust, substituting one-quarter of the flour in my favorite recipe with whole wheat flour. The girls both wanted to… CONTINUE READING

apple picking

apple picking

September 23, 2008 |  Category:   life seasonal

In years past, we have gone apple and pumpkin picking a little too late in the season and the farms we’ve visited have looked a bit sad and picked over. The worst was when we tried to go pumpkin picking on a weekday 2 years ago right before Claudine was born. We drove up to the Hudson Valley on a blustery cold day and to our surprise and disappointment, the farm that we had in mind was closed during the week. Determined to get pumpkins, we headed down to another farm we spied down the road, but we didn’t see a soul around, nor any pumpkin patches, and only a lone goat and horse stood in a gated pen near… CONTINUE READING

berries berries everywhere

berries berries everywhere

August 10, 2008 |  Category:   life seasonal travels

The thing about the NW that I will miss most when we get back on a plane tomorrow are the berries. They are everywhere – on the side of trails, in people’s gardens, in farms. Mark’s mom has a rambling bush of blackberries covering her entire side yard and the first thing we did when we got out of the car was pick blackberries, sweet and ripened from the sun. Every morning Claudine would beg to go outside so she can pop blackberries in her mouth. On a visit to one of our old college music teacher’s house, the girls went crazy picking wild strawberries, small and red, out in his back garden. And finally, a blueberry farm on Sauvie… CONTINUE READING

plum cassis ice cream

plum cassis ice cream

July 15, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

What is a sign of a great cookbook? To me, a great cookbook has a worn-out binding, a frayed cover and food-stained pages. That indicates that the cookbook is in use, rather than one that is just admired. On my shelf no book is more worn-out than this one: Frozen Desserts. I have owned it for over ten years and have used it extensively at every job I have had. The recipes are reliable and tasty and even work well in a commercial ice cream maker. I bought some plums to make ice cream the other day and turned to this book for guidance. I’ve used their recipe for plum ice cream on my dessert menus before. It calls for… CONTINUE READING

blueberries…everywhere

blueberries…everywhere

May 29, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts

The thing about buying food at Costco is that whatever you buy, you end up with a lot of it. Not such a big deal if you live in a house with a pantry or a basement for storage, but a very big deal if you live in a city apartment. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to store the massive 3-packs of ketchup and the like in our deep kitchen cabinets, but with more perishable items, like blueberries, you need to be creative. So it’s been blueberry smoothies, pancakes, and this morning, muffins. For some reason all the blueberries sank to the bottom of the muffin pans making them come out like little blueberry upside down cakes. Not… CONTINUE READING

rhubarb pie – finally!

rhubarb pie – finally!

May 26, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts cooking recipes

I have been waiting for rhubarb for a long time. For whatever reason the season seems to have started much later than usual this year and I did see a sign for rhubarb at the Union Square Greenmarket a few weeks ago, but I was told that they had sold out. My apologies were offered to Mia, who seems to like rhubarb just as much as I do and I promised her a pie as soon as I could find some. I finally did track down rhubarb at Provisions, a market in Fort Greene, and with M’s help, (she had her own setup with a toy rolling pin and some dough scraps), assembled the pie for a dinner at Tina’s… CONTINUE READING

first cherries of the season

first cherries of the season

May 23, 2008 |  Category:   seasonal

We are mighty happy to see cherries at the markets and stores, and while they are still a bit steep, you can always find everything cheaper in Chinatown. We polished them off in one sitting and they were firm and sweet. By the way, a cherry pitter is a handy gadget to have around if you’re feeding cherries to small children.… CONTINUE READING

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