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Cookin’ at the Castello final excerpt: Persimmon Skillet Cake


There’s less than 36 hours left to bid on the incredible array of prizes for this year’s Menu for Hope campaign. At the time of this posting, we just crested over $40,000 smackeroos donated for this very worthy cause. But it takes a lot of money to feed a lot of hungry people, so keep bidding! I know I’m not done yet.

As you surely know by now, I am offering up one autographed copy of DPaul’s and my homegrown cookbook, Cookin’ at the Castello (prize code UW26), as well as one 8×10 glossy print of any image from the book itself. As a final enticement, I leave you with this, the last recipe in the book, for a seriously delicious persimmon skillet cake.

Last year, some friends inherited an enormous shopping bag full of ripe fuyu persimmons, which they promptly handed off to us. Subsequently, we baked off roughly a dozen of these cakes, bringing them to various holiday parties and whatnot. The spicy-sweet flavor of persimmons goes very nicely with the gingerbready cake, and though it has major wow factor, this cake is actually very easy to make.

This cake is modeled after the pear skillet cake that Sam’s mom used to make at Bi-Rite when it first opened nearly a decade ago. We lived around the corner from the market then, and must have bought a few hundred of those cakes while she was cranking them out.

But there are oh, so many other lovely recipes in our book! Paella! Kofta! Possibly other things that end in ‘a’! And an explanation of the meaning of the title, which will remain a mystery except to the winning bidder. Oh, the intrigue!

Of course, there are gobs of other amazing prizes to be bid upon. Yes, even more fabulous than ours:

You have until 6 pm PST tomorrow for your chance at any of these amazing prizes — more than 200 to choose from. So what the hell are you waiting for? Go bid now! Full instructions after the jump.


  1. Go to the donation page at First Giving.
  2. Make a donation. Each $10 will give you one raffle ticket toward a
    prize of your choice. Please specify which prize(s) you’d like in the
    "Personal Message" section in the donation form when confirming your
    donation. If you are purchasing more than one ticket, be sure to
    specify how many tickets per prize, using the prize code. The code for
    Cookin’ at the Castello is UW26.
  3. If your company matches your charitable donations, please remember
    to check the box and fill in the information so we can claim the
    corporate match.
  4. Please also check the box to allow us to see your email address so
    that we can contact you in case you win. Your email will not be shared
    with anyone.
  5. Check back on Chez Pim on January 15 when we announce the results of the raffle.
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  1. Oh you are so sweet to call me inimitable! (Possibly no one would want to imitate me, but nevertheless it’s fun!)
    Isn’t it wonderful all the money we’ve all raised together. What a great community.

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