The Dessertations

Two unfinished dissertations and the baking in between

Month: August, 2012

End of summer challenge

by Jessica

Peppers! Taken (the photo, not the peppers) at The French Laundry garden in Yountville. Plot after plot of heirloom tomatoes, melons, squash, and chilis rolling out of summer and into fall between the sunny hills of Napa. 



There were chickens and beehives too — sadly no pictures (fear of getting pecked or stung). 



Lemon-strawberry-rhubarb-poppyseed goodness

by margarkolb

What’s the magic ingredient, chief? We need a last blitz of baking before summer ends! (Also, final game night chez nous?)

Tomato Jam (together)

by Jessica

Aww, look our first co-post.

But enough sentiment.

These heirlooms have a destiny!

These are your lovely hands by the way — for future reference.




Reduced and canned! It’s quite sweet, so it might go nicely on crostini with goat cheese — something to cut through the sugar.

Tomato Jam (from Food52’s Jennifer Perillo)

3 1/2 lbs tomatoes

1 onion, diced

1/2 c brown sugar

1 1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 t coriander

1/4 t cumin

1 t salt

1/4 c cider vinegar

juice of one lemon

Combine all ingredients in large pot, boil and simmer for 3 hours. Transfer to sterilized cans for immediate use (2 weeks), or use typical canning procedures with 15 min hot water bath for longer shelf life.

Summer glories

by margarkolb

I wish these were home grown, but they were next best…Berkeley Bowl.

Focaccia was a lot more work than my usual lazy-bread recipe. Nick woke up at 2:30 this morning for work, so sleep was in short supply. I nearly put olive oil in my coffee a couple of times.

But I diligently avoided it…I mixed…

…and I waited patiently as it rose…

…and I jabbed it with my fingers, and I gleefully dunked olive oil (not coffee!) all over it.

So far so good. But — sigh of exhaustion mingled with disappointment– yellow tomato, there was no room for you!

Recipe and a taste report to follow! See you soon!




Forgive me….

by margarkolb

My plum post is belated. But I obtained plums…put them in a row…and considered their destiny…just this morning. Image Plums of all sorts, including a home-grown one that someone from Nick’s office brought in.


They didn’t know it, but they were smoothie-bound. 


 Yes, plum-spinach-orange smoothies. With some frozen fruits for good measure, to make ’em good and chilly. 


What a good breakfast!