Do you feel that chill in the air? It can only mean one thing...
September hits and I am in the mood for a comforting PB&J or some variation. Of course, the filling has to be exquisite, not filled with sugar but recalling the memories of summer fruit. Enter: my jam. Black & Blue was a favorite in my own kids' lunchbox, after they had helped pick the berries and load the fruit into a pot earlier in the summer. The nutty part of the equation has expanded with the relatively new nut butters on the market.
Ah, summer: those long hours of daylight, clear skies, and balmy temperatures put us in the mood for kicking back with friends and family— usually around a table!
In anticipation of these happy seasonal gatherings, we think everyone should have a few go-to tricks to help keep things more fun than frantic. For a fail-safe start to any fête, we turn to the tried-and-true combination of fromage and fruit—dressed up just a little bit for the occasion. Enter: the elevated cheese plate.
So for all those naysayers casting aspersions on popular snack foods aimed at kids take a look at these. Actually a delicious tasting confection. Good dough and really good jam transforms this common food into something uncommonly tasty and tasteful.
This recipe reminds me of a Danish dish with lingonberries. Duck seems to demand sweetness and this Black & Blue jam adds a little complexity that works well when the duck is all crispy.