Ingredient spotlight: Blue Chair end-of-summer plum jam and smoked serrano chili powder

This week at Williams-Sonoma I bought ‘end-of-summer’ plum jam by Blue Chair Fruit, a jam and marmalade company based in Oakland, Calif. I also picked up a jar of the Williams-Sonoma brand  smoked serrano chili powder.

These are both really interesting ingredients. The plum jam is fresh and authentic tasting. It only has a few ingredients, plums, sugar, and lemon juice. Lately I’ve been eating it on toast, but there are so many ways you could use it. I would love to make these crescent jam and cheese cookies with it. It would also be delicious on a fresh waffle…

With the smoked serrano chili powder I’m excited to find ways to highlight it in a dish. A few days ago I made roasted kidney beans  using my past recipe, with the serrano chili powder and cumin as my spices. The chili is smoky, similar to canned adobo chilis. It’s also a little spicy, which I love. I want to try adding some to this Smoky Braised Mexican Pumpkin recipe. I think it would also be interesting in a dry rub for this bbq tofu.