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The other day, I spent an afternoon meandering through a local community farm, breathing in the last fragments of our warm, blue-skied days. For half of us, summer’s quickly leaving town, moving south. For us up north, no more lolling away the days on lawn chairs (did we get around to doing that?)  No more sipping piña coladas while nightly grilling up our dinners (oh how romantically we remember it!) or tossing our bountiful summer salads (now that we did.) Autumn’s come. It’s not all bad. Yes, rain and wind and chill. But also, the gathering in of family and friends; and still, food and drink to delight in, warm to, and share.

(For a closer look, you can click on an image to open the photo gallery. Click on it again to enlarge.)

So, with billowy clouds climbing fast through a nearly-saphire sky, dry leaves flying in crazy circle patterns, and my stomach growling because I haven’t fed it lately, here are my thoughts for  autumns’s table. Things may change, much like the weather, but that’s to be expected. I’ll happily share everything that’s good  with you.

Weekday Breakfast & Sunday Breakfast & Brunch

Biscotti – 2 ways – Grand Marnier/Walnut   &   Lemon/Aniseed

Buttermilk Spelt Pancakes

Hazelnut Waffles with Pear Compote

Baked Eggs with Fresh Herbs ~ and Potatoes with Lavender & Rosemary

Crepes filled with Caramelized Apples

A run-out-the-door Breakfast Muffin

A Couple Little Things to Brighten up a Lot of Things

Salsa Verde

Preserved Lemons

No-Knead Bread, so easy, so good

Vegetable & Vegetarian Dishes

Roasted Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette

Green Pancakes with Lime Butter

Beets, Yogurt & Preserved Lemon Relish

Delicata Squash with Rosemary, Sage and Cider Glaze

Spicy Red Cabbage with Apple and Cilantro

Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Crème Fraîche


Poached Salmon with Tarragon

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken and Soba Noodles with Ginger Peanut Sauce

A very special Chicken in a Pot with Garlic & Lemon

Spice-Crusted Tuna

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream

A Pizza (or 2) for Autumn

Scallops with Caramel-Orange Sauce

& at least One Spanish Dish, undecided as yet

Sweet Finishes

Lemon Verbena Sorbet

Blackberry Buttermilk Cake

Lime & Blackberry Italian Meringue Pie

Something Wonderfully Chocolate

and a surprise or 2

Talk to Me:

I welcome your suggestions! What would you like to see?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Loved the surreal “scarecrows”, the lone chicken meandering about and poking his beak into everything and the jungle like displays of untamed plants–real nature, none of those neat rows of geometrically precise plantings. Looking forward to checking out the projected dishes when they are ready.

    September 27, 2011
  2. Darlyn #

    Last year we visited Lusher Farms and were so excited about seeing all of the unique artistic scarecrows, we went home and made one for the front of our house to represent the fall. Well, the dear bleach bottle head with button eyes and nose sat there through the winter and finally put him to rest in the spring. Back to your menu. How bout a great stew and chili for those chilly nights?

    September 27, 2011
    • Oh of course! A chili for those chilly nights! Absolutely!

      September 27, 2011
  3. Ashley #

    SO much to look forward to this fall! Can’t wait to see more yummy recipes. That arbor is simply wonderful. Great photos. We’ve got to take a trip of Luscher Farms sometime when I’m in your neck of the woods.

    September 28, 2011
  4. Don #

    Loved the Phall Fotos. Cute lil upgraded scarecrow!

    September 29, 2011
  5. I would request a very special chicken in a pot and chicken tortilla soup! I love to make something that can feed us for a few days. It seems these two might be able to go together, if there are enough leftovers from the chick in a pot? Will you specify different options for the pot? (How can one bear that name and be without it?) Being potless, I so enjoyed grilling your whole roasted chicken this summer. I wish everyone would try it at least once!

    cookingspree, you went on a photospree! What a Lusch Farm you depict!

    October 12, 2011
    • Oh you! I am doing the chicken tortilla soup on Thursday – how is it you knew? The “very special chicken in a pot” coming to a screen near you sometime yet this month.

      October 12, 2011

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