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Old(ish) Fruit

chilihead | Dec 26, 2008 02:43 PM

My beloved has a passion for fruit, all of them. She was raised predominately in California, so freshness also becomes an issue for her. On every trip to the market, whether or not she is with me or not, there are a number of fruits to cross off.
I on the other hand am not very fond of anything sweet and am frugal to a fault. I was raised in the colder reaches of the Midwest where fruit is a seasonal treat. I glut on cherries when the time is right, but have no compulsion to buy berries in December.
We all know what to do with bananas that are past their prime. But my question here is what should I do with slightly wilted grapes? What should I do with that mango that doesn't quite cut it?
Help me, please, with my countertop of not quite luscious fruit. I'll bake, stew or whatever, but I'm looking to give greater use to our fruit bowl than the compost heap.... though the squirrels are large and bushy.
So what are your favorite recipes for old(ish) fruit?

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