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Quince compote with bay leaves and vanilla

The arrival of quince on the market stands always signals the beginning of winter for me;  quince are the last tree fruits to arrive at the end of the season and, since they keep well, they are also one of the last available at the end of the year.  My grandma primarily used quince in […]

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The arrival of quince on the market stands always signals the beginning of winter for me;  quince are the last tree fruits to arrive at the end of the season and, since they keep well, they are also one of the last available at the end of the year.  My grandma primarily used quince in

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Apple Chutney

In 2018, we planted a little apple tree in a sunny SE corner of our yard.  These days, it has grown to important size and yields a lot more lovely eating apples than we can possibly eat.  So after having given bags to all our friends and neighbors, and eaten apples everyday for a month,

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In 2018, we planted a little apple tree in a sunny SE corner of our yard.  These days, it has grown to important size and yields a lot more lovely eating apples than we can possibly eat.  So after having given bags to all our friends and neighbors, and eaten apples everyday for a month,

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Chicken stock

This recipe for chicken stock differs from the classic method I learned for making stock during my time at the Ecole Ferrandi in Paris.  At Ferrandi, all the vegetables were carefully peeled and dices and the herbs and spices tied into a boquet garni using cheesecloth.  However, I find that using the skins and peels

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This recipe for chicken stock differs from the classic method I learned for making stock during my time at the Ecole Ferrandi in Paris.  At Ferrandi, all the vegetables were carefully peeled and dices and the herbs and spices tied into a boquet garni using cheesecloth.  However, I find that using the skins and peels

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Tomato Chutney

This recipe is a great way to use up extra tomatoes when the garden is giving more than you can use.  You can preserve the finished chutney in jars in the Fall to have chutney all year round. It is also a good way to use plain preserved tomatoes in juice when fresh tomatoes are

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This recipe is a great way to use up extra tomatoes when the garden is giving more than you can use.  You can preserve the finished chutney in jars in the Fall to have chutney all year round. It is also a good way to use plain preserved tomatoes in juice when fresh tomatoes are

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Red Muscat grape jam

This jam, made with Muscat grapes that have a slightly more lively acid profile than most table grapes, is a great foil for well aged goat cheeses.  This recipe makes about 12 half pint jars of jam.

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This jam, made with Muscat grapes that have a slightly more lively acid profile than most table grapes, is a great foil for well aged goat cheeses.  This recipe makes about 12 half pint jars of jam.

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Olive walnut tapenade

Tapenade is one of the archetypical condiments of the French region of Provence.  As with many regional specialties, there are as many versions of tapenade as there are cooks in Provence.  This version used 3 different varieties of olive, but the rich, earthy flavor given by the oil cured olives predominates.  If you plan to

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Tapenade is one of the archetypical condiments of the French region of Provence.  As with many regional specialties, there are as many versions of tapenade as there are cooks in Provence.  This version used 3 different varieties of olive, but the rich, earthy flavor given by the oil cured olives predominates.  If you plan to

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Quince Jam

Quince are an under appreciated fruit.  Cooks know them as the last fruit to be harvested in the Fall, and the real indication that winter in Seattle is on its way.  My grandmother use to include them in other jams and jellies because of their high pectin content.  But they are also make lovely jam

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Quince are an under appreciated fruit.  Cooks know them as the last fruit to be harvested in the Fall, and the real indication that winter in Seattle is on its way.  My grandmother use to include them in other jams and jellies because of their high pectin content.  But they are also make lovely jam

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Green Fig Jam

Fantastic on bread but also great with hard sheep’s milk cheeses, fig jam is an easy introduction to jam making.  This recipe uses 6 pounds of figs only because that is the amount I had on hand.  Scale as needed.  Check out this post for more details about the jam making process. GREEN FIG JAM

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Fantastic on bread but also great with hard sheep’s milk cheeses, fig jam is an easy introduction to jam making.  This recipe uses 6 pounds of figs only because that is the amount I had on hand.  Scale as needed.  Check out this post for more details about the jam making process. GREEN FIG JAM

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Vinegar with Summer Herbs

Here is a useful recipe for using extra Summer herbs when they are plentiful and cheap.  This recipe is based on one found in the book The Unprejudiced Palette by Angelo Pellegrini (which is a colorful read, by the way).  It is very easy and economical to make and the final product adds a burst

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Here is a useful recipe for using extra Summer herbs when they are plentiful and cheap.  This recipe is based on one found in the book The Unprejudiced Palette by Angelo Pellegrini (which is a colorful read, by the way).  It is very easy and economical to make and the final product adds a burst

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