05 December 2018

From the Chef ~ 3 Ways with Plums!

For those who subscribe to the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore, here is the link to the Plum Tart referenced in edition #99 (Nov-Dec 2018)

For those who do not subscribe to the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore, here is the rest of the tasty recipes for plums below.
For those of you suffering from FOMO because you are not receiving your very own copy of the old-school snail mail version of Casa Fiore:

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From the Gardener and the Chef
 Plums 3 Ways!

While I wish I had my own Italian plum tree, thankfully everyone else seems to have one.  Thus, a windfall of Italian plums is always a possibility come September. My sister Carmela has one that I plunder from time to time. Of course, fresh plums ripened properly and enjoyed “as is”, as we say in real estate, are tough to beat. For the ones I can’t manage to eat fresh and fully ripened, here are three other ways I have come to enjoy this rite of the fall harvest. No fresh plums on hand? Find some good ones at your local grocer and get busy!

1. Plum Sauce.  Or stewed plums if you prefer… however you want to say it, this is a simple preparation:  cut plums in half—4-5 cups or so if you can get your hands on them—and dispose of pits.  Add 1/4 cup of water and some sugar—roughly 1/4 cup.  Sample them as you simmer them down to a chunky sauce over med-low heat.  Add more sugar as suits your taste.  Awesome alone or over toast, yogurt, or vanilla ice cream.
2. Brandy Soaked.  Preserve the summer with… booze!  Same as above:  halve and pit some plums and fill a quart jar (if available, wide-mouthed).  Add 1/8 cup or so of sugar.  Add brandy to the top, seal, and shake.  Let sit for month—or round up to 40 days and 40 nights if want to go all Old Testament on ‘em—and enjoy all winter long.  Got cherries or apricots?  Try them as an option.
3. Plum Tart.  This one is tasty on Day 1, and even better on Day 2 as the flavors meld a bit.  (See link above!)

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