We know fall is supposed to have a certain bite in the air, but around here many folks don’t turn off their air conditioners until well into October. So our list of fall favorites includes hot and cold drinks, because we never know what the occasion will require. Many of the drinks call for apple cider. To make your own homemade batch go here. For a look at fall roundups from years’ past go here or here.
Pear Hot Toddies
Argh that there glass makes me want some meat on a stick
Brrr it’s cold in here, said the pitcher
These cups are not replicas from an Indiana Jones movie
We had to throw in some color!
Add a liquor of choice and it is easily adult
Pumpkin Pie Martini
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Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Mushroom Sage Sauce
Who says fall meals have to be drab and colorless? Here are some of our favorite ways to make the most of autumn’s best ingredients.
Squash with Wild Rice, Pears, and Almonds
Squash season has begun
Duck with Cranberry Orange Sauce
This sauce is fantastic
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
I eat these by the handful
Buttercup Squash Risotto
As you wish….
Spaghetti with Apples
This tastes nothing like applesauce by the way
It’s still pretty warm in these parts, but we’re craving the flavors of fall. Here are some of our favorite sweet recipes to serve in autumn:
Cranberry Apple Pie with a Crumb Topping
So gooey and good
Cinnamon Pear Coffee Cake
Cranberry and Pomegranate Cobbler
Berry, berry good
Spiced Apple Cake
Cranberry and Pear Bundt Cake
Holly molly look at that running glaze
Baked Pears Four Ways
The sky is the limit for filling
Pumpkin Molasses Bread
Perfect for breakfast or dessert
They do look like meatballs
These are perfect as an appetizer, first course or as tapas. You could also include them in a sporting event party for people who would rather eat good food than watch sporting events.
Eggplant “Meat” balls with Red Pepper Sauce
- 1 large eggplant cut in 1/2″ slices
- 1 onion diced fine
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 cayenne peppers diced fine
- 1/4 cup fresh sage chopped
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- Bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Salt eggplant slices and layer in a colander. Place a plate on top, add some weight and press for 30 minutes. Blot eggplant with a towel then cut into medium dice and cover in lemon juice. In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until golden. Add cayenne and saute until fragrant then add eggplant. Cook on low until eggplant is really soft. remove from heat and let cool to the touch. In a large bowl mix cooked eggplant with remaining ingredients adding enough bread crumbs to create a loose dough. Pack mixture into rounds the size of golf balls and place on a greased baking sheet. When done bake eggplant at 365 degrees until browned and crispy, turning once, about 20 minutes total. Serve with dipping sauce.
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and halved
- 1 tbsp Tahini paste
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1+ cup Greek yogurt
Broil red bell pepper skin side up until charred, remove from heat and let cool. Peel skin from pepper and add to a blender with garlic and lemon juice. Blend to a paste the mix with other ingredients. Add more or less yogurt to form a smooth dip.
They need to age
The garlic came in the mail so it was time to pull the sweet potatoes. Although they did yield a pretty good harvest I will not plant them again unless there is an isolated space for them to grow. I thought mint was invasive but sweet potatoes take the cake. Anyway they have to age for a month or so before trying so they should be ready in time for Thanksgiving.
When will Kohls stop paying me to shop there?
Speaking of the mail, Kohls sent another $10 dollar coupon in the mail so once again we searched the store for items under that amount. I got a new candy thermometer and coasters in the clearance aisle for free this time. When will they require a purchase of at least $11 to use the coupon?
That is a big pot
Whole chicken went on sale so it was time to stock up, butcher it up and make stock.
Used up quite a few
A coworker unloaded a mess of pears on Katherine and even after making jam and a few other things there are still quite a few left. What to do what to do?
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Posted in How to, Rants
That pear is pear shaped
A coworker unloaded a bunch of deformed overripe pears a few days ago.
Time to make jam.
If you do not know how to can then go here.
Pear Jam with Ginger
- 8 cups pears peeled. cored and finely diced
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 tbsp ginger minced
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Mix everything in a pot, bring to a boil and reduce until thickened, about 30 minutes. Can quickly.
They are dense
We always seem to have a few bags of frozen cranberries around this time of year that we want use up before we start seeing them on store shelves again. We like desserts that use other fruits too to help cut down on the tartness of cranberries. Find the recipe for the bars here. We made two changes: increasing the berries to four cups (half frozen blueberries and half cranberries) and adding a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the fruit filling.