Dried Fig and Walnut Lonzino

Lonzino di fico, (meaning loin of figs, for the shape, as in pork loin), or salami di fichi (fig “salami”) is a southern Italian concoction of dried figs and nuts, usually walnuts, plus sometimes almonds and/or pistachios, too, and sometimes also dried apricots and/or dates, all finely chopped, laced with anise and lemon (though I prefer …

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Fresh Almonds

Lugs and lugs of freshly harvested Price almonds at Chris Hays’ farmers’ market stand a few Saturdays ago set me off and running on the topic of almonds. So many ways to use them, from simple to complex, savory or sweet, as a background note or featured in a dish. Coming up will be recipes for … Continue reading Fresh Almonds

Spiced Cherries

Piquant and sweet spiced cherries, also called pickled cherries, are a specialty of southwest France where they make a perfect accompaniment to the renowned cassoulets and charcuterie delights of that region. The combination deftly translates to my own region, northern California, currently a hot bed of innovative salumi, charcuterie, and other bold dishes, and also a major cherry-growing region. … Continue reading Spiced Cherries

The Whole Cob: Cornmeal and Corn Kernel Pancakes with Corn Cob Syrup

Corn offers a wonder of provender for the household. The husks can be used to wrap foods for keeping them moist during steaming. Fresh, the kernels can be enjoyed right off the cob, added to salads, made into imaginative creamed and gratineed concoctions. Or they can be dried and ground into meal for all manner of … Continue reading The Whole Cob: Cornmeal and Corn Kernel Pancakes with Corn Cob Syrup

Molded Blackberry Granita with Sugared Mint Leaves and Raspberries

Blackberries and raspberries together are like divine intervention on the taste buds, perking them back to life after a sating repast. A granita is a dessert ice  with a decidedly crystalline, not smooth, texture. It’s one of the easiest frozen desserts to make, requiring no ice cream maker or intermittent beating as it freezes. The … Continue reading Molded Blackberry Granita with Sugared Mint Leaves and Raspberries

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with Sun-Dried Apricot Almond Spoon Sweet and Toasted Almonds

Homemade frozen yogurt, unrelated to the commercial ones except in name, can be an unctuous, deeply-flavored concoction, smooth and creamy or full of chunks (see Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt). One of the things I love most, frozen yogurts don’t require an ice cream maker, just a couple of turns in and out of the freezer … Continue reading Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with Sun-Dried Apricot Almond Spoon Sweet and Toasted Almonds