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
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
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
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?
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.
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?
Oh of course! A chili for those chilly nights! Absolutely!
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.
Loved the Phall Fotos. Cute lil upgraded scarecrow!
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!
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.