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.
The name translates to Hunters’ Sauce, and it goes with just about anything a hunter would bring home: game birds, rabbits, venison, and boar. It also works very well with our more ordinary food: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb.
When you don’t want to add sugar or honey to your berries for the freezer, you can flash freeze strawberries with dry ice! You’ll need the ice (a local grocery store will often stock this), a big pot or clean cooler,
In the summer, freeze fresh herbs in oil for use all winter long. This technique works well with rosemary, thyme, parsley, cilantro, or any of the tender leafy herbs. Don’t bother to use your best extra-virgin olive oil here: plain,