Plum Pot Stickers with Ginger Butter

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


4 plums, deseeded and chopped fine
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 cup Japanese plum wine
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
12 dumpling wrappers, round
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated


In a small saute pan heat the plums butter and sugar on high heat and cook until the plums begin to caramelize. Add the freshly grated nutmeg, the almond extract and the flour and mix well until very thick. Take off heat and cool. Place 1 round dumpling wrapper on the palm of one hand, place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the center, and fold the round into a half-moon. Using the thumb and forefinger of the other hand pleat the seam closed, making from 5 to 7 pleats. Repeat to form more dumplings until all of the rounds are used. Cover the dumplings with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out, then repeat with the remaining mixture. Place in boiling vat of water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. In the meantime, heat the remaining butter, honey, walnuts and cinnamon and mix until smooth and warmed through. Once the pot stickers are cooked, take out of the water and drizzle with the ginger honey butter.

Cinnamon & Rosemary Plum Rose Spritzers

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 ripe plum, deseeded and chopped
1 bottle sparkling rose


Combine the rosemary leaves, sugar, water, cinnamon stick and plums in a medium saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and allow to cool. Blend until smooth and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Chill. Place about 1-2 ounces of the chilled syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with sparkling rose and stir.
Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon.

Fall Fruit Farro Tart

December 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people



1 cup farro, cooked
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pie dish
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
4 medium plums, chopped

2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
pinch of salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
Plums & Rosemary for decorating the top

Honey crème fresh



Cook farro until tender, following package instructions, about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a glass pie dish by greasing it with butter. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook plums and rosemary until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat. Set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs, salt, and freshly grated nutmeg. Add plum mixture and cooked farro, and combine thoroughly. Pour into glass pie dish. Arrange plums and rosemary leaves on top. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with honey crème fresh

Rosemary Plum Pie Pockets

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies


Basic Pie Crust Dough (Recipe Follows)
6 medium plums, peeled, cored and chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 pinch of ground cardamom
½ cup light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw

Rosemary Sugar


Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all plum filling ingredients and mix well. Roll out dough and cut dough into 12 to 15 4-inch squares. Put 2 tablespoons of mixture of the dough on one side, and fold over. Using wet hands, moisten the seal so it sticks together. You can use a fork to press it down or roll it over like an empanada. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush outside with beaten egg wash, and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle some rosemary sugar on top!

Pie Crust Dough


1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water


Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the ice water, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Rosemary Cardamom Plus Coolers

September 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cooler


2 ounces cardamom infused bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces honey plum syrup
Rosemary Sugar
Cardamom garnish


Place the gin, lemon juice and plum syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour entire contents into a tall glass rimmed with rosemary sugar and fill with seltzer. Garnish with a cardamom pod.

**Cardamom infused gin: place the crushed seeds 15 cardamom pods into a quart of bourbon and let infused for at least 5 days and up to 8.

**Honey plum syrup: place 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup plum puree, peeled and chopped, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary and ½ cup honey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain.

**Rosemary sugar: Mix together 1 cup turbinado sugar with 3 tablespoons rosemary chopped super fine.

Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 48

Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé


1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 pint fresh figs (or 5 fresh plums)


Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface to 14×10-inch rectangle. Fold ½ inch of pastry edges in toward center on all sides, forming 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large rimmed baking sheet. Press firmly on pastry edges with fork to form rim. Chill crust.

Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

Whisk honey, wine, and reserved 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in large bowl. Add onions; toss to coat. Coat another large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spread onion mixture in even layer on sheet. Roast 30 minutes. Turn onions over, allowing rings to separate. Roast until onions are caramelized, turning often for even browning, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool onions slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Mix crème fraîche, sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg in small bowl. Using offset spatula, spread crème fraîche over crust to folded edge. Arrange onions atop crème fraîche. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake tart until crust is light golden brown and topping is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and cut into small squares (6 row and 8 columns). Slice figs (or plums) thinly and place one sliver on top of each square to serve.

Rosemary Plum (Prune) Red Wine Glaze

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Our obvious choice would be fresh plums, but keeping within the seasonal approach we had to use dried prunes for this glaze. It still makes a bold attempt and to our delight this deep, rich and velvety glaze is surprisingly perfect. The sultryness of this glaze is exceptional and using a brush of rosemary to apply glaze only heightens the overall experience! Excellent with pork as well as with roasted potatoes!


1½ cups dark and deep red wine (Zinfandel, Syrah or Cabernet Franc)
1 cup dried pitted prunes, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 clove garlic
2 fresh bay leaves
Freshly ground pepper


Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook down until prunes are very soft, about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and blend in food processor or blender until smooth.

September Roasted Plums with Rosemary Cream

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes (mainly unattended time)
Wine Pair: Dessert


6 medium plums, red, Italian, purple, pluots or any combination there of, pitted and cut in half
1 tablespoon almond oil
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
½ cup heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 400ËšF. In a medium mixing bowl, toss plums with almond oil and then sprinkle sugar and rosemary, mix well. Place plums skin side down in a small glass baking dish and bake in oven for 10 minutes, turning the oven on broil for the last minute until lightly browned. Take out of oven and add heavy whipping cream to the dish and mix well. Serve drizzling cream mixture over the top.

Rosemary Warm Plum Milk

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink


3 cups of milk
1 plum
1-2 spoons of sugar.


Infuse 3 cups of milk with a handful of fresh rosemary and 1 plum sliced thin, simmer for about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon and a few spoons of sugar.  Drink and keep the plums in the drink.

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