Last gasp

One of the most frustrating—and also exciting—aspects of seasonal produce is its unreliability. One summer you may be waiting weeks for that first perfect apricot; the following spring, you may find tender baby asparagus weeks before you expect them. I love the seemingly endless parade of citrus varieties throughout the winter, but I’m particularly happy … More Last gasp

Plum Preserves with Vanilla Beans & White Wine

I was uncertain how I wanted to prepare this jam at first—I still want to try the Cardamom-Plum Jam from this fantastic book—but in the end I decided to spike the fruit with white wine and fleck the jam with vanilla beans. The resulting spread is sophisticated and special—it’s almost too decadent for toast, but … More Plum Preserves with Vanilla Beans & White Wine