Category Archives: sauces and condiments

Kale and Persimmon Salad

Kale and Persimmon Salad

Growing up, we had a gorgeous persimmon tree in our backyard. It was a striking thing in fall, all those bright orange fruits hanging from spindly, nearly leafless branches. My mother would line persimmons from the tree along the window sill to let them soften until ripe. Try as I might, I could never get […]

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Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter

There is probably no single food that captures the evocative core of fall as perfectly as pumpkin butter. It tastes like the month of October, Halloween and Thanksgiving all rolled into one, spicy and sweet and warming. What good, essential, addictive stuff. And it’s so easy to make. Don’t worry about perfectly measuring everything with […]

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Blackberry Jam!

Homemade blackberry jam!

After picking blackberries along the Selway river in the warm afternoon of a late Idaho summer, the only way I could describe the damage to my skin is that it looked like a pack of wild kittens had been set loose on me. It really did, little nicks and scratches interlacing over every surface of […]

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Wedge Salad

Wedge Salad!

Poor iceberg lettuce – it is the laughing stock of the lettuce family. The red-headed stepchild, the black sheep, the embarrassment. Once the mainstay of weeknight dinner salads across the nation, iceberg lettuce has fallen so out of favor that it is now an overpriced novelty at a health food store. Did you know that […]

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Sweet Corn And Tomato Relish

Sweet Corn and Tomato Relish

This weekend we hosted a corn-themed, summer-inaugurating BBQ. Happily, the weather was perfectly warm and an impromptu dance party broke out on our rooftop deck. Sadly, I was not on the ball to get this relish onto the picnic table in time for the event. Nobody’s the wiser for its absence. It’s a mildly sweet, […]

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