Maple Pecan Tarts

A certain someone request a Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving this year.  In my experience Pecan Pies were these gooey sweet monstrosities that lurked on the edges of the Thanksgiving dessert buffet satisfying the sickeningly sweet desires of a select few nostalgic Southerners.  It has occurred to me in the past that if I actually came…

Pie Crust

Recipe makes the base for one 9 inch pie. Fill a cup with ice and water to ensure that the water you will be using is cold enough. In a food processor combine or cut together with a pastry cutter: 1 cup Flour 1⁄4 tsp Salt 1⁄3 cup Vegetable Shortening (You can use butter, margarine,…

Butternut Squash Spoon Bread

I would describe spoon bread as cornbread and pudding’s frequently overlooked love child. The sweetness of the cornmeal pairs well with the velvety pudding-like texture of the spoon bread, and creates the perfect canvas for a range of autumn starches from squash to sweet potatoes.  In fact, I adapted this recipe from a Sweet Potato…

Pickled Beets

This is another wonderful canning recipe adapted from Liana Krissoff’s Canning for a New Generation.   As you might be able to tell, I was on a canning kick last week: two different kinds of pickled pears, cranberry and pear chutney, and now some pickled beets.  This is all part of the Thanksgiving prep.  I was invited…

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney: A sweet and tangy dressing that will brighten up any meal – be it a holiday feast or your slap-dab midweek lunch.  This chutney cans beautifully, and makes a wonderful holiday housewarming gift. This recipe makes 3 pint sized jars. In a large sauce pan on the stovetop combine:  3/4 cups…

Spiced Pears

I have never been crazy about pears; too sweet, too bland, too boring, too hard, too mushy.  Until a few years ago pears were those unappetizing fruits that cropped up for a short period of time each Fall only to be overshadowed by a vast variety of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries.  While pears always appealed…

The Autumn Crocus

I was out in the yard yesterday, getting those last few things in the garden ready for the snow, when stumbled across this delicate purple flower peeking out through the leaves.  A few years ago I planted some autumn blooming croci along the front walk.  For the first year or two they did really well,…

Cranberry Orange Bread

Fall is the time for amazing quick breads.  An expansive repertoire of spiced pumpkin, apple, and cranberry breads round out the season; gracing our holiday tables, warming our kitchens, accompanying our morning coffees, and delighting our loved ones.  Quick breads make fantastic gifts for family and friends, and are easily personalized. I love baking with…

Crêpe

Once upon a time I had a French roommate who was wonderful enough to walk me through the steps of crêpe making, and share a few crêpe making tips that she had learned from her grandmother.  Amelie told me that there were 5 basic ingredients that go into crêpe batter; eggs, milk, flour, butter, and…

Bibliography

Cook Books: Baggett, Nancy. Dream Desserts.  Stewart, Tabori, and Chang. New York, NY. 1993. Chang, Joanne. Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe. Chronicle Books LLC. San Francisco, CA. 2010. Child, Julia. Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2009. Cox, Beverly and Martin Jacobs. Spirit of the Earth. Stewart,…

Fall Wreath

For me it is always a bit of a struggle to come up with a nice seasonal wreath.  Especially, since I can be a bit particular when it comes to artificial flowers and leaves. In fact I try to keep my wreaths as natural as possible.  I also try to recycle and update wreaths from…