Aug 31, 2014
by Inger
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Plum Drunken Fool (or Sober if You Prefer)

I can’t shake the image.  I am in a western saloon with wooden swinging doors, a long rustic bar and men in suspenders with open vests.  One of the men grabs another by the lapel, shoves him roughly and mutters “plum drunken fool.”

Plum Drunken Fool (brandied plums with whipped cream)

Plum Drunken Fool (brandied plums with whipped cream)

But my plum drunken fool is something completely different.  A mixture of plums, bathed in spices and brandy, then folded into sweetened whipped cream, it is seductive rather than in your face boozy.   Almost elegant…  Continue Reading →

Aug 30, 2014
by Inger
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Boozy Fruit: The Oldest Preserves (Brandied Plums)

You have to love seasonal eating!  It begins with the absence of a fruit or and vegetable–that you are starting (achingly) to miss. Then, a few juicy berries (or milky ears of corn) arrive and the excitement is palpable.  A few days later, a half case ripens and it’s almost like heaven.  Soon after, the full crop comes in–OMG, what will you do with the extras!!

Dipping into brandied pluots

Dipping into brandied pluots

And that’s how I came across the idea of boozy fruit.  Continue Reading →

Aug 24, 2014
by Inger
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Fingerling Potatoes with Parsley Butter or Oil

Local potatoes are back!  It’s a moment that every potato-loving locavore waits for.  Herbs are also gracing my CSA boxes, so I decided to indulge in fingerling potatoes with parsley butter.  And for any vegan readers, I can attest that this is delicious with olive oil as well!

Fingerling Potatoes with Parsley Butter Served with Chicken

Fingerling Potatoes with Parsley Butter Served with Chicken

The weather here has been cool and wet this summer and even my early homegrown “lazy person’s” potatoes (which I raise in potato cages) are late this year.  But after this treat, I figure I can survive until more arrive!  Continue Reading →