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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Concord Grape Jam

Concord grapes are the very same little purple wonders that give Welch's grape juice its signature flavor. Here's how to turn those jewels into jam.

Italian Prune Plum Crumble

I have to admit: Until recent years, I was scared to death of these little things. Are you kidding me: "Prune" in the same sentence with "dessert?" No, thank you. I didn't get over it until well into my late twenties. And I'm still kicking myself that it took me that long.

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

You can make this easy, no-cook strawberry ice cream in your blender. (No cooking required!) The hardest part is waiting for it to freeze.

Blackberry Sorbet

One of my favorite ways to enjoy summer berries is to make sorbet. If you've never made sorbet, you may be surprised by how easy it is to do at home. You can't beat the flavor. Nothing in the supermarket even comes close.

Basic Cooking: How to Make a Blueberry Pie

You don't always need a ton of ingredients to make an absolutely mouthwatering dessert. Blueberry pie is one of my favorite summer treats. A few cups of fabulous, fresh fruit. A little sugar to bring out its flavor. A handful of flour to trap all that luscious juice and thicken it into a syrupy sauce.

Orange Melba Sauce

This is my take on classic Melba sauce, that exquisite raspberry sauce that famed French chef Auguste Escoffier whipped up for his favorite opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. The original sauce is a heady mixture...

Port Wine Macerated Strawberries & A Trip To Wilhelm Farmstand

Recently, my mom and I were driving around in the country, and found ourselves in the northwest corner of Connecticut, in the town of Granby. It's a sleepy little farm town with a handful...

Sweet Cherry Jam

I love jam. On toast. In marinades for ribs and glazes for chicken. Warmed up and drizzled over vanilla ice cream. This sweet cherry jam is a fabulous way to enjoy cherries as they come into season. Because this jam has a lot of sugar, I never bother canning it. It will keep just fine in the fridge for a few weeks—if it lasts that long.

Strawberry Brunch Tart with Thyme and Black Pepper

This is not a fancy tart. It's not one of those gorgeous, fresh-fruit-and-custard puff pastry things that looks like a piece of art. I'll make you one of those one of these days. Don't...

Spicy Mango Lime Salsa with Asian Pear

Mmm, mmm, mmmm. The combination of fresh mango, lime, and cilantro just screams summer. Food like this makes me want to kick off my shoes and go run through the sprinkler a few times....

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