Harvest Corn Fritters with White Pineapple Pepper Jelly

Posted on August 30, 2019 by Aletha Thomas | 0 Comments

Harvest Corn Fritters
Recipe by Susan Ferraro via the New York Times
2 1/2c Flour
1T Baking Powder, plus 2t
1.5t Salt
1t Pepper
8 Eggs, Separated
4c Milk
2c Corn Kernels (frozen or canned)
l Red Pepper, Diced
4 Scallions, Diced
1 Quart Vegetable oil for Deep Frying
Monkeypod Jam, White Pineapple Pepper Jelly



Place the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg yolks and combine well. Add the milk and stir to form a smooth batter.

Stir in the corn, diced pepper, and scallions. Beat the egg whites to soft peak and fold into the batter.

In a deep frying pan or pot, heat the oil to 350 degrees.

Using a teaspoon, take spoonfuls of the batter and drop into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about three minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately, with a drizzle of Monkeypod Jam, White Pineapple Pepper Jelly.

Posted in Cooking with The New York Times, Dinner, Fritters, New York Times, Pepper Jelly, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Mango Jam

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Aletha Thomas | 0 Comments

Recipe Slightly Adapted From Smitten Kitchen
Makes 6 just shy of 1/2 cup each pudding cups, plus toppings
1/3 cup small pearl tapioca 
2 1/2 cups coconut milk (light or full-fat; a 13.5-ounce can will contain 1 3/4 cups)
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt or a heaped 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a 1-inch segment of vanilla bean
Monkeypod Jam
1 6oz. Jar Mango Jam

Optional Garnishes
Whipped coconut cream
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes
Few gratings of lime zest

Pudding Instructions: In a medium saucepan, soak tapioca in coconut milk for 30 minutes. Whisk in egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean seeds, if using (if using extract, you’ll add it in a bit). Place saucepan over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer, then reduce it to very low heat so it’s barely bubbling, and cook it until it thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, if using. [Pudding will be the consistency of thick gravy — i.e. worrisomely thin — going into the cups but after chilling in the fridge, it will set.] Pour into pudding cups to chill for several hours or overnight.

Serve with Mango Jam on top, plus whipped coconut cream, toasted coconut flakes or a few gratings of lime zest.

Whipped Coconut Cream Instructions: This a bit of advance planning. Place 1 can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight; in most brands, this will cause the coconut fats and thin milk/watery part to separate. Place a small/medium mixing bowl in the freezer, ideally metal. The next day, turn it upside-down before opening it, so that the thickened coconut fat will be at the bottom. Pour off the thin coconut milk; you should have about 1 cup and this can be used towards the 2 1/2 cups needed for your pudding. About 2/3 cup thickened coconut fat will remain at the bottom of the can; scrape this into your chilled bowl, add about 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (for a light sweetness; use more to taste) and beat it with an electric mixer until thick and whipped cream-like. Dollop it over desserts such as this, though you’ll have more than you need for 6 puddings.

Coconut Chips Instructions: Heat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spread coconut flakes on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes, tossing once if needed to help them brown evenly. Let cool before using.

How to Use a Vanilla Bean: Cut off the desired amount of bean. With a sharp paring knife, split the segment lengthwise. Use the back of the knife to scrape the seeds out of the open pod; they’ll be on both sides and look a bit like sticky tar. Use these in your pudding. Go ahead and throw the pods in, too, for extra flavor, just remember to fish them out before chilling the pudding.

Posted in Coconut Pudding, Mango Jam, Recipes, Smitten Kitchen, Tapioca Pudding

MPJ House Dressing

Posted on July 09, 2019 by Joe Fox | 0 Comments

Cucumber Mint Vinaigrette 


1 Large Cucumber (Seeded)

1 cup Lime Juice

1 cup Cider Vinegar

2 Tbs. Honey

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum

2 cups Olive Oil 

15 gr. Mint 


Add Chopped Cucumber, Vinegar, Lime Juice, Honey, Xanthan Gum, and Salt to Blend. Slowly drizzle Olive Oil until incorporated. 

Makes 1 Quart

Posted in CucumberMint, Dressing, MPJ

Cara Cara Orange Ginger Marmalade Breakfast Muffins

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Marissa Tanji | 0 Comments



2 c all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp granulated white sugar

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

2/3 c freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter 1 stick, divided and melted

2 large eggs beaten

1/2 c Cara Cara Orange Ginger Marmalade

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp imitation butter flavoring

1/4 c brown sugar

small pinch of ground nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line 8 muffin tins with paper cupcake/muffin liners. In a large bowl, combine the Cara Cara Orange Ginger Marmalade, grated orange zest, orange juice, vanilla extract, butter flavoring, melted 1/2 cup of butter, and the beaten eggs together using a rubber spatula.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and granulated sugar into a separate bowl, then whisk them all together. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until it's all combined and the flour is no longer apparent

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling the paper cups all the way to the top. In a small bowl, combine the remaining melted tablespoon of butter with the brown sugar and nutmeg. Lightly sprinkle the tops of the muffins with this mixture before baking the muffins at 425°F for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375°F, without opening the oven door, and continue letting the muffins bake for another 15 minutes.

Insert a toothpick in the center to test for readiness; the toothpick should come out clean. Let the muffins rest in their pan for about 10 minutes before removing and serving.

Recipe from Mon Petit Four

Posted in 2019, Blog, Marmalade

Reuben with MPJ Sauerkraut

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Marissa Tanji | 0 Comments



2 slices seeded rye bread, thinly sliced

3 ounces corned beef, thinly sliced

1/2 cup Monkeypod Jam Sauerkraut

1-ounce Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

Spicy brown mustard or thousand island dressing

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided

Monkeypod Jam Pickled Winged Beans, for serving


Place one slice of bread on work surface and top with the corned beef, MPJ Sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. On the other piece of bread, spread one side with thousand island dressing or spicy brown mustard. Place dressing-side down on top of Swiss cheese to form a sandwich.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to the pan and place the sandwich on top of the melted butter. Cook until golden, pressing down with a spatula, about 2 minutes. Lift the sandwich from the skillet and add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter. Toast the other side of the sandwich until golden and the cheese has melted 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with Pickled Winged Beans.

Makes 1 Sandwich


Recipe from Martha Stewart

Posted in 2019, Blog, Reuben, sauerkraut

Coeur a La Creme With Orange Chocolate Sauce and Raspberries

Posted on February 07, 2019 by Marissa Tanji | 0 Comments



12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1-1⁄4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2-1⁄2 cups cold heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1⁄4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean

1 Jar Monkeypod Jam Orange Chocolate Sauce

1-pint fresh raspberries


Place the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the beater and bowl with a rubber spatula and change the beater for the whisk attachment. With the mixer on low speed, add the heavy cream, vanilla, lemon zest, and vanilla seeds and beat on high speed until the mixture is very thick, like whipped cream.

Line a heart-shaped mold with cheesecloth so the ends drape over the sides and place it on a plate, making sure that there is space between the bottom of the mold and the plate for the liquid to drain. Pour the cream mixture into the cheesecloth, fold the ends over the top, and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, discard the liquid, unmold the cream onto a plate, and drizzle Monkeypod Jam Orange Chocolate Sauce  on the top.

Serve with raspberries and extra sauce.

Serves 6 – 8

Recipe from Barefoot Contessa

Posted in 2019, Blog, Orange Chocolate Sauce, Valentines

Broiled Salmon With Dilly Beans

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Marissa Tanji | 0 Comments

Broiled Salmon with Monkeypod Jam Dilly Beans


1 Jar Monkeypod Jam Dilly Beans

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

1 Tablespoon (15g) Mayonnaise

1 Teaspoon Chopped Fresh Dill, divided

1 Pound (450g) Skinless Center-Cut Salmon Fillets, divided into 2 to 4 portions



Preheat broiler and set-top rack 4 to 6 inches from broiler element. (As with all broiling recipes and broiling steps in this recipe, watch carefully, as broilers vary greatly in their heat output.)

 Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Stir together mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon dill. Spread dill and mayo evenly on salmon fillets.

 Set salmon, mayonnaise side up, on top of dilly beans. In a large skillet, make sure it’s not touching the bottom of the pan, nor fully submerged in a dilly bean brine. Broil until mayonnaise is beginning to brown and salmon registers 110°F (43°C) in the very center for rare, 120°F (49°C) for medium-rare, or 130°F (54°C) for medium, 5 to 7 minutes.

To serve, remove salmon with a spatula and set aside briefly. Place MPJ

Dilly Beans and a bit of the warm brine on each plate. Set salmon on top of Dilly Beans, mayonnaise side up.

Serve immediately.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Recipe Base: Serious Eats 

Posted in 2019, Dilly Beans, Salmon

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