Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Purple Sauerkraut

This may be the ultimate DIY Basic — just two inexpensive ingredients and some microbial magic and you get fresh, delicious sauerkraut.  If you’ve never tasted fresh sauerkraut — the kind that you get in the refrigerated section, not in the jarred vegetable section — you’re in for a taste treat. For pennies on the…

Pickled Eggs three ways

I recently ate an amazingly delicious snack:  a pickled egg. The guy at a local cheese shop where I bought it assured me they were “stupid easy” to make at home after I asked him how they had conjured such amazingness.  So I went home and tried my hand at making some.  They really are…

Dried Persimmon – 2015 update

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.  …

Salt-preserved citrus

I have a beautiful Persian lime tree in my back yard, and a good friend has a super productive Meyer lemon.  Two months ago my lime tree was covered with fruit, and my friend brought over a grocery bag filled with lemons.  So, instead of lemonade, I made salt-preserved lemons and limes.  This is an…