Isn’t fall just the best? In New York, anyway, the dappled landscape of red and orange leaves and the ever-present smell of apple cider doughnuts frying in vats of oil so dark and overused you can’t see through it just screams: “Feed me something delicious and hearty! And put on a sweater! Now!”
At my dinner table, the flavors of fall usually revolve around some combination of pork, fennel and apples — a serendipitous trifecta of flavor that has brought us together here today over this digital screen. It’s a combination that I find simple to prepare and a consistently delicious hit, even with a quick preparation like this one.
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Chili-anything is usually loaded with meat. Chili dogs, chili-cheese fries and the chili that comes with nachos at a restaurant — always beefy. If you want to start a big fight, tell a chili enthusiast that vegetarian chili is legit. True chili traditionalists believe that chili is made with meat, or it’s not chili at all.
Rachael Ray’s Roasted Squash Chili Mac is an exception to the everything-chili-is-made-with-meat rule. It’s made with roasted butternut squash and chili spices like chili powder, cumin and oregano, plus cinnamon and nutmeg which pair well with the squash. It’s creamy and cheesy like mac and cheese should be, but there’s nary a beef clump in sight.
Bonus: You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake it before you’re ready to eat.
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Apple lovers get ready: Our favorite fall fruit is now coming into season sooner than expected. From the apple-growing regions of New York, Michigan, and Washington, we can expect to get a jump-start on everything apple, from pick-your-own apple orchards to frosty mugs of apple cider. Though a simple caramel-dipped apple is our favorite, there are plenty of delicious ways to take advantage of autumn’s early bounty. Bake apples into sweet pies and crumbles, or roast them for a savory companion to meat.
Here are five standout apple recipes:
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Braising is such a warm and comforting cooking method that it’s perfect for fall and winter. Few cuts of meats braise better than pork belly.
A long, low-heat braise yields an amazingly soft pork belly, the kind of pork belly that gives way under a mere gentle press of the fork. As it braises, the layers of fat slowly melt over the slabs of meat, leaving them tender and juicy.
After braising, give the pork belly another element of texture by quickly crisping up the outer layer on a hot pan. When taking a bite, that thin, crisp outer surface contrasted against the meltingly soft center is pure delight to the senses. This also will reheat the pork belly, enabling it to be braised long before serving time, and then quickly heated and crisped up when ready to serve.
The braised pork belly leaves behind such an amazing broth, it’s a shame to waste it. Take advantage of the incredible winter squash available and use the remaining braising liquid to cook up a hearty squash to serve with the pork belly.
Continue Reading Low and Slow: Braised Pork Belly with Kabocha Squash
We’re continuing our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up was the classic fall favorite, apples, then a Thanksgiving staple, potatoes, and now we’re featuring pumpkin.
Yes, pumpkins make great jack-o-lanterns, but did you also know that they make a great dinner? While you may see gigantic great-for-carving pumpkins at the market right now, you’ll also notice the smaller and adorably plump pie or sugar pumpkins that are easier to work with. Use two of these small pumpkins (or one medium-sized) to prepare a fresh pumpkin risotto made with fresh pumpkin puree and diced pumpkin.
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We’re continuing our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up was the classic fall favorite, apples, and now we’re discovering the creamy wonder of potatoes.
Creamy, cheesy or crispy, potatoes seem to be delicious just about any way they are cooked, making them the perfect fall comfort food. Laura Calder’s Pommes De Terre a la Boulangere: Potatoes a la Bakery is a prime example of this warming fall favorite. It features layers of buttery potatoes and onions in a casserole dish, topped with thyme leaves then baked until crispy.
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last week we stirred up a spicy Ginger Rum Shandy; this week we’re back with a another fall-inspired sip.
With a beautiful orange-red hue, our Autumn Colors Cocktail isn’t made for just any season; it’s made for this season. With pomegranate juice, orange zest and sweet iced tea, it’s got the right balance of tangy and sweet to round out the vodka and help you ease up late in the day. So pour yourself a glass and savor fall tonight, tomorrow, or all weekend long. Bottoms up, folks.
Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: Autumn Colors Cocktail