Winter is coming. Seems obvious and though I’m having a hard time truly accepting this fact, I came face-to-face with the inevitable. It snowed on Halloween. Oh joy. It was a light dusting in the morning followed by that particularly awful mix of cold slightly frozen rain, huge traffic delays and everyone generally acting like an idiot. At the end of my two hour commute home I saw a few determined trick-or-treaters on the streets. Good for you kids, good for you. I hope you took home loads of treats for simply braving that mess.
Archive for the ‘seasonal’ Category
Posted in farmers markets, seasonal, side dishes, vegetables, tagged delicata squash, fall cooking, fall side dish, maple squash, miso squash, red curry squash, roasted delicata squash, roasted squash, squash side dish, thanksgiving side dish, thanksgiving vegetable., vegan side dish, vegetarian side dish, za'atar roasted squash on November 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in breakfast items, seasonal, tagged breakfast recipes, fall breakfast recipes, granola recipes, homemade granola, pumpkin spice granola, recipes for leftover pumpkin on December 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
If you made anything besides the standard pumpkin pie last week, which neatly uses exactly one can of pumpkin puree, chances are good you opened your refrigerator this weekend to find a half full can of pumpkin. You probably unearthed it as you removed containers, dishes, bags and bowls of Thanksgiving leftovers and wondered “what the hell am I supposed to do with that?” If you’re like me, you probably shoved it right back in with an instantly forgotten mental note to deal with it later. Well, if you haven’t already tossed it, now is the time.
Posted in seasonal, side dishes, vegetables, tagged carrot recipes, maple bourbon roasted carrots, roasted root vegetables, Thanksgiving side dishes, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, vegetable recipes with bourbon on November 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I have a difficult time getting excited about fall vegetables. After the flashiness of those late September tomatoes has passed, the garden basil has gone brown and the multi-hued peppers have started to wane, what’s left? Squash? Wheeee. Root vegetables? Exciting for about 1 minute. I had a conversation with a Twitter friend recently about how boring roasted root vegetbles can be – uninspired, plain, typically underseasoned and snooze worthy. Roast them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and maybe a drizzle of balsamic vinegar but then, what’s next? How can you take something simple, hearty and abundant and add some life? Some excitement? Well, I’ll tell you. High heat and simple but delicious flavors: butter, of course, but also maple, that classic flavor of cold weather. And bourbon. Everything is simply better with bourbon. It’s a fact.
Posted in adventures/field trips, breakfast items, fruit desserts, seasonal, tagged apple cider compote, apple compote, apple farms, apple pancake topping, apple picking, michigan apples, Seedling Orchard on November 5, 2013 | 4 Comments »
2012 was a crap year for Michigan fruit, particularly tree fruits, particularly apples. An unseasonably warm spring coupled with a late frost dealt a crippling blow, knocking out by some estimates up to 80% of Michigan’s apple harvest for the year. It was devastating and maybe you didn’t notice, satisfied with Washington apples or imported fruit, but those of us who frequent Midwest farmers markets noticed.
Posted in condiments, garden project, seasonal, vegetables, tagged cleaning out the garden, end of season, green tomatoes, peterson garden project, pickled green cherry tomatoes, pickled green tomatoes on October 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Earlier this week, quickly in the waning sunlight and cold wind, I made the final call on my little community garden plot. There was a frost advisory and I wasn’t sure what remained would survive so I dug up and loaded my herb plants into a shopping bag, cut down all my chard and kale and stripped my glorious and hyper productive tomato plants of the last little orbs. It was downright cold and I wasn’t too sure what I was going to do with all this late season abundance, but I hurried home with my heavy bags knowing I’d figure it out.
Posted in appetizers/first courses, salads/dressings, seasonal, tagged bloody mary salad, bloody mary vinaigrette, heirloom tomato recipes, summer tomato recipes, tomato recipes, tomato vinaigrette on September 17, 2013 | 3 Comments »
It’s entirely possible that I am the only person on the planet that is indifferent to a Bloody Mary. I want to like them, I do, but for a person that doesn’t really care for tomato juice that’s a high hurdle to clear. Too acid, too sweet, too thick. Often they’re just not right and I’d rather drink something else. I will admit that sometimes I’ll find a good one that catches me by surprise. House-made mix with a good spicy kick and loaded with lots of “stuff”. A single sad celery spear doesn’t cut it. I want a fully loaded skewer of house-pickled hipster tidbits and one of those shorty Miller Hi Lifes on the side. It’s often the kind of Bloody Mary that costs 15 bucks and is typically found in trendy weekend brunch joints with 2-hour waits. What can I say? I like a drink that 14 people have put a lot of thought into. I can appreciate that.
Earlier this summer I went to a rather fabulous farm dinner event at Rustic Road Farm in Elburn, IL. Yes, Elburn. Head east of downtown Chicago during rush hour and it’ll take you two hours. The farther you go, the more the landscape changes from highways and subdivisions to fields and fields of corn and soybeans, dotted with the occasional red barn. Eventually, you hang a right and end up at Chef Marc Bernard’s farm, Rustic Road. I was in heaven and it took all I had to get back in my car and drive back into chaos.