Compote is the fancy name for what my grandmother would have called stewed fruit. It sounds nicer, more, er, artisanal, right? Don’t worry about what you call it, just make some right away. It’s ever so easy, and so, so good.
Pit the peaches but don’t bother peeling them. Chop them into bits approximately the size of the raspberries. Put both the peaches and the raspberries in a non-reactive pot (I use this 4-qt one) with the lemon juice and sugar.
Thaw the meatballs, if you’re using frozen (I use the microwave). If they are tiny meatballs, leave them whole; otherwise, cut them in halves or quarters, so that they are bite-sized. Chop the onion into fine dice (you’ll have about 1 cup).
A small batch of strawberry jam goes together so quickly! Start with the berries: rinse them well, hull them, and cut them into quarters. Put them in a heavy-bottomed pot. (I used my favorite 4 qt pot,
In the aftermath of a roast chicken dinner, I make overnight chicken stock. For one chicken carcass, I use an 8 quart stockpot. Naturally, I strip all the meat off the chicken bones. Remove any lemon or herbs from the cavity,
When you make this quick white bean & escarole soup, don’t feel you are required to use every ingredient just as listed. I like to use escarole, which is available throughout the winter, but you could substitute any type or mixture of dark leafy greens: chard,
Recipes get passed around, and change as they go. This jam is a case in point: it is my own version of a splendid recipe from Marisa McClellan’s second book, Preserving by the Pint, which is itself inspired by a British book,
About chocolate: I like to use a mixture of chocolates in this pudding: half semisweet at 62% cacao, and half a more assertive bittersweet at 70% cacao. Use what you have on hand, or try different chocolates and blends to find your favorite.
My grandmother’s answer to hot summer weather was potato salad. In general, I’m very much in favor of the cooking of grandmothers, but I’ve found that I prefer a lighter version. This recipe is adapted from Dahlia Abraham-Klein’s book Silk Road Vegetarian,