Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

I love hearty winter wheat berries , the little brown grains have such a wonderful spring-back after cooking, and hold-up to heavier additions in a fall or winter salad. Last evening I was looking for a recipe that could incorporate my fall ingredients – leeks, butternut squash, sage, and some dried shitake mushrooms, but nothing seemed quite right. So I just made one up. This … Continue reading Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

Commonwealth Ciders – local, dry ciders have arrived

It’s Fall in Philadelphia! The air has finally begun to crisp, the leaves to turn, and I’m digging my cardigans out from storage. Fall means, apples, and apples mean, among other things, delicious cider. I love a cup of hot spiced cider when the weather cools, but the rest of the year, cider, especially the bottled, alcoholic kind, doesn’t make my “must have” list. I … Continue reading Commonwealth Ciders – local, dry ciders have arrived

Pumpkin-Sage Savory Waffles

I’m the very lucky owner of an industrial waffle-maker that I believe was once stolen from a waffle house, and many years and owners later, gifted to me. It’s gigantic, unwieldy and makes incredible waffles. Unfortunately, I always prefer savory breakfasts (and lunches, and dinners) and so I like to play with savory waffle recipes. My friends still talk about the cheddar habanero waffles I … Continue reading Pumpkin-Sage Savory Waffles

Roasted Cauliflower

I have to admit that there are few ways that I like to eat cauliflower. Ever since childhood, “trees” (cauliflower and broccoli) don’t much appeal to me. But it turns out that Iove it roasted! There are many different ways to flavor roasted cauliflower, but this is the basic: Thinly slice one head of cauliflower and place on an oiled cookie sheet. Brush to slices … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower

Another Local Fall Dinner Party

Why a dinner party? Because the Phillies were playing, and because my CSA was bursting out baskets. Pre-game we all sat down for dinner and wine and cheer, which helped us later, when we lost the game terribley. I love spaghetti squash, and served it with a homemade heirloom tomatoe and roasted garlic sauce that I made in the summer and froze. Yellow and orange … Continue reading Another Local Fall Dinner Party