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My Dad’s plum trees are overflowing with “cooking” plums. I couldn’t stand to see them go to waste so we picked a couple of buckets for freezing and drying so we could do something fabulous with them a little later when we had more time. I ended up bringing about 4 dozen back to the city because I was going to experiment with them in my juicer. Before I could find a juicing recipe I stumbled across an “easy plum jam” recipe and decided to go for it. The recipe really is so simple a monkey could do it.

I took a few liberties with the recipe (since I’m clearly an expert) and left the skins on because that’s how my Mom did it. And why not? Peeling plums sounds like a pain. I also used my food processor to chop them rather than doing it by hand. It takes about 30 or so plums to make 1 pint which is all I ended up making. I tried the jam this morning and am happy to report that it’s quite delicious! Not as good as my Mom’s and a little less firm, but definitely edible.

Next time I’m going to make jam at my Dad’s and use my Mom’s recipe. Plus, all the canning stuff is there so I can boil jars like a real expert. Look out Martha…

Plums!

Plums!

Chop, chop

Chop, chop

Cooking...er...preserving?

Cooking…er…preserving?

Jam!

Jam!

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We’ve had some really nice weather the past few weeks. Warm, blue sky, absolutely lovely. Personally, I think this weather is for the birds. There’s nothing I like more than a fog soaked SF, but what can ya do…

On these particularly lovely days I’ve been able to sneak out of the office for a bit and watch the America’s Cup participants practice on the bay. I do have to admit, the nice weather does make afternoon walk-abouts quite pleasant. Watching these boats practice is pretty fun. They are a lot larger than you might think and move pretty fast. On this particular day I also watched a bunch of kite surfers near the Golden Gate. Pretty cool! It’s possible this short walk-about turned into a 45 minute break…

Close-up with the ferry

Close-up with the ferry

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Moving swiftly past Alcatraz

Kite Surfers

Kite Surfers