Better Than Fruitcake Holiday Cake

Everyone has an opinion about fruitcake.  I’m in the “don’t care for it” camp.  My version of fruitcake is not too sweet and not too fruity.  I make this every year. “Better Than Fruitcake” Holiday Cake AKA Almond Cake with Rum, Currants and Chocolate For this recipe you’ll need 1/2 cup dried currants 1/2 cup […]

Cider Vinaigrette

Without vinaigrette dressing I don’t know how I would manage our weekly CSA veggie delivery.  Too much lettuce?  Time for a big salad.  A weird root vegetable we’ve never seen before?  Roast it then dredge in dressing.  Too many potatoes?  Warm potato salad in a vinaigrette dressing.  Most vegetables that require cooking taste good roasted […]

Kimchi Pancakes

We’ve had a huge jar of kimchi in our fridge for way too long.  Yesterday I got tired of looking at it.  I wondered just how long it we could keep it before it was too funky to eat.  Is that even possible with kimchi? I decided to try kimchi pancakes.  Pros:  uses a lot […]

Gravlax with Mustard Cream Cheese

Gravlax takes some advanced planning but it’s worth it.  I like to take a plate of gravlax with crackers and mustard cream cheese to holiday potlucks.  I always make extra to eat for breakfast with cream cheese and bagels. Start this recipe 4-5 days in advance. For this recipe you’ll need: 1 pound salmon filet […]

Pepper Jelly

This is one of my all time favorite recipes!  The cumin seed adds an unexpected hit of spice to this sweet pepper jelly. Since the book containing this recipe is out of print I think it’s OK to reprint the recipe here.  BTW, if you ever see “Preserving the Taste” by Edon Waycott at your […]


Homemade limoncello is so much better than what you can buy in the store!  It’s sweet and lemony and isn’t the color of antifreeze.  Best of all, it’s really easy to make limoncello at home. For this recipe you’ll need: lots of lemon peel – but you only need to start with one lemon, you’ll […]

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 […]

Persimmon and Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is sweet and fruity.  Persimmon tastes a bit like apricot when cooked. For this recipe you’ll need: 1 pound Fuyu persimmons 12 ounces whole cranberries 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg Peel, core and dice the persimmon into large chunks. Add the persimmon, sugar, spices and 3/4 cup water […]