Great Recipes for Fuyu Persimmons

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade.  When life gives you persimmons it’s not that easy. Our backyard tree has reached full size and we have a wicked huge pile of persimmons sitting on the kitchen counter.  You know it’s a problem when I slip back into my New England accent. Here are a […]

Warm Persimmon Compote

This warm, sweet sauce is great with pancakes or french toast.  The lightly cooked persimmon tastes like apricot and apple.  Yum! For this recipe you’ll need: 1 pound Fuyu persimmons juice of 1 lemon (don’t forget to save the peel for limoncello!) 3 tablespoons or more honey 2 pinches of cinnamon pinch of nutmeg pinch […]

Fuyu Persimmons

There are two types of people out there – those that like persimmon and those that don’t.  When it comes to fresh persimmon, I’m on the “don’t like” side.  This is problem since we have a lovely and bountiful Fuyu persimmon tree in our backyard. Cooked persimmons are a different story.  When gently cooked, Fuyu […]

Triple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

I make this sauce every year, I love the spiciness ginger adds to cranberry sauce. For this recipe you’ll need 12 ounces whole cranberries 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 1/4 cup candied ginger, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger pinch of salt Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Add 3/4 […]

Bourbon Molasses Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce and serve way too many different flavors at Thanksgiving.  This bourbon based sauce will be a new addition to this year’s meal. For this recipe you’ll need 12 ounces whole cranberries 4 tablespoons molasses 3/4 cup brown sugar pinch of salt 2 tablespoons bourbon Combine all ingredients except the bourbon in […]

Passion Fruit Squares

Like lemon squares but better!  The custard has the texture of mango pudding and the passion fruit flavor is incredible.  These bars are really rich but worth it for a special occasion! For a 9″ pan of passion fruit squares (serves 32) you’ll need: 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 12 tablespoons butter […]

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses are tart, fruity and just a little sweet.  A jar will last for months in the refrigerator.  I use pomegranate molasses in marinades, dressings and cocktails. For this recipe you’ll need: Pomegranate juice – I usually buy a 1/2 gallon of Odwalla juice for this recipe Bring the juice to a boil in […]

Passion Fruit Champagne Cocktail

Fruity and tart – this cocktail sounds more complicated than it is. For each drink you’ll need: 1 tablespoon passion fruit puree – I buy mine frozen from a Mexican grocery store 1/2 teaspoon honey – or more to taste 4 ounces sparkling wine Strain the puree into a glass and add the honey and […]

Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey

This is a dish with a very favorable compliments-to-effort ratio.  The salty savoriness of the cheese contrasts nicely with the sweet fruit and honey.  It’s easy to eat an entire plate all by yourself. You’ll need 1 pint fresh figs 2 1/2 ounces blue cheese – I prefer one with a creamy texture.  I love […]

Boozy Summer Fruits

A little bit of effort in August will pay off during the holidays.  Liquor soaked fruit makes a great gift and is great for holiday entertaining.  Use the same quality of liquor you would use for mixed drinks. For this recipe, you’ll need: half pint canning jars and lids stone fruits such as peaches, plums, […]