Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Spicy Crock-Pot Apple Butter

My family’s farm, Fernwood Springs, in Westampton, New Jersey, has a lovely little apple orchard. The trees go mostly untended now because it’s just my grandma and my uncle working the farm (and my grandma is 87!), but the Red Delicious apples are still…well…delicious, even without much tending. I picked a boatload the other day [...]

Antique Recipe: Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels

Honey Caramels come to you in honor of NYC’s Pollinator Week (this week!), which is coordinated by Just Food. Beekeeping is currently illegal in New York City (sign a petition to make it legal here), although there are quite a few rogue beekeepers in Brooklyn and in the rest of New York City. Read more [...]

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Strawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Stawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche Sauce

Whoa – two strawberry posts in a row! I should’ve planned this whole blogging thing out a little bit better. Because strawberries are so delightful and so in-season right now, I guess I don’t really care that I have two strawberry posts in a row. Really, I don’t. This is Thomas Keller’s recipe from the [...]

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink Peppercorn-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries

Pink peppercorns are fruity and floral – not at all spicy like black (or even white) peppercorns. That’s because they are actually a kind of rosehip (i.e., fruit from a type of rose bush). I’ve made this pink peppercorn ice cream a few times (it’s amazing with chocolate cake), but I thought that the delicate [...]

Homemade Candied Ginger, Ginger Syrup, and Ginger Ale

Homemade Ginger Ale

A trifecta of ginger deliciousness! Actually, the candied ginger is a byproduct of the ginger syrup (or is ginger syrup the byproduct of candied ginger??): you can’t create one without the other.  I had a bit of a hankering for homemade ginger ale, because it’s so much spicier than store bought and I felt like [...]

Ground Cherry Clafoutis

Unhusked Ground Cherries

Yes, I said “ground cherry” – not just plain old “cherry” (which aren’t in season now anyhow). Ground cherries are also known as “cape gooseberries” – not to be confused with real gooseberries, which are totally different.  Ground cherries look like little tiny tomatillos, complete with papery husks. From the research I’ve done, it seems [...]

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