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Spicy

JalapeƱos, habaneros and jalokia (ghost) peppers, locally grown, are a highlight of our late summer farmer’s market shopping This year, we got our chilis right before the typhoon and power outage so we couldn’t freeze them. Instead I sun-dried half of them...
Ume chutney

Ume chutney

With so many plums on hand, I’ve gotten creative. There’s only so much jam you can make and give away when everyone else is also making it. It’s sort of like “zucchini season” in Pennsylvania when everyone is overwhelmed with their...

Ume-zing spiced plum jam

All the ume trees in our yard are producing plums like mad this year. We made ume-shu and with the remainder of the first harvest I cooked up this jam. It’s really good. I’ll be making some more because we’re harvesting plums every other day now....
Chocolate Cake, 1933 style

Chocolate Cake, 1933 style

“All About Baking”, published in 1933, is an excellent primer on baking with lots of lost wisdom about how to prepare pans, to set baking times, and to perfect mixing techniques in the days before electric mixers. Doing this with a hand mixer makes it so...
Jaljeera, Cumin Lemonade

Jaljeera, Cumin Lemonade

While teaching a school program on a hot day in India, the kids and I were served a drink I’d never tasted before. It’s a sweet, salty, and spicy lemonade called jaljeera. I’m in love; this is the best thing for a hot day, whether it’s a Tokyo...

Curried Mushroom Toast

Back from India, Tod is perfecting his fusion Indian recipes. Here is this morning’s brunch – a creamy curried mushroom sauce over toast. We’ve made this before, but this time Tod’s included some of the more esoteric Indian spices. The result...