Double Persimmon Napa Cabbage Salad

It’s persimmon month, at least in my house.  I’ve got my first batch of dried Hachiya persimmons ready, and fresh mellow Fuyu persimmons on my counter.  I put the two of them together in a salad with savory, slightly bitter napa cabbage and it was a great combo. I lightly dressed the greens and persimmons…

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

This delicious, zingy smoothie is one of my favorites, and for several reasons. Most important to me, it tastes fabulous — tart, sweet, creamy, a little spicy, and richly scented.  And it’s a quick charge up for those mornings when I need to eat and go.  But here’s the fun part — it has health…

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie

Summer Happy Hour alert:  combine frozen yellow watermelon, fresh squeezed lime juice, thai basil, and white rum.  This delicious frozen cocktail was a hit at my house this week. Three fragrant ingredients combine to produce a sophisticated and interesting cocktail:  watermelon, orange blossom water, and thai basil.  I love the beautiful color of yellow watermelon,…

Fall Fruit Salad

This is such a simple recipe, but sparklingly delicious and a welcome addition to the late Fall table. The stars of this show are Fuyu Persimmon, Fuji Apple, and pomegranate jewels. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice keeps the favors balanced and prevents any browning.  Enjoy! Fall Fruit Salad one large Fuji apple two Fuyu…

Dried Persimmon

Subtle, sweet, complex, mellow and addictively delicious Dried Persimmon – YES.  It’s Halloween, and in the bay area, backyard persimmons are at the best state of ripeness for drying:  orange, but still hard.  Once they begin to soften, they’re too ripe to use for this technique.  I’m re-posting this recipe to help get you inspired.  …

Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet

This homemade sorbet is lemony, creamy, tangy, and sweet. The key is to use nice bright yellow lemons, and give the syrup time to absorb the lemon scent before straining off the zest.  The texture of this sorbet is slightly granular, but fluffy like snow.  It’s the perfect dessert for a hot summer day.  Enjoy!…