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.

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Fall Time Dishes

The fall chill is setting in and I’m excited to start making tasty, warming dinners. With the clocks turning an hour back this weekend, it’ll be even darker at night too. There’s something about cooking seasonal foods during the cold months that makes it easier to get through.

Here is a list of autumn-flavored meals and foods that I’m looking forward to making this week,

Pancetta, white bean, and chard pot pies: I would scratch the pancetta, or use Morning Star bacon instead to make this vegetarian. It’s also a pretty time consuming recipe, so I’ll have to plan it for a weekend.

Pumpkin curry with chickpeas: I have a little sugar pie pumpkin I want to cook, this would be delicious for it.

Dijon-braised brussels sprouts: These just look delicious. I really like mustard lately.

All Day Apple Butter: I’ve been craving apple butter for weeks now, ever since I went apple picking at Jones Creek Farms in Sedro Wooley. The apples I collected there are long gone, but I picked up some more at the store.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars: No explanation needed.