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

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

Torcetti with fried zucchini, sage, tomato and butter

I can’t get enough of the fresh sage growing in the flower pot on my porch. One of my favorite ways to eat sage is fried, with butter, on pasta. I was feeling just a little guilty about the pasta/butter dinner combo, so I added some lovely zucchini, fried in homemade herb butter, olive oil and garlic, and some burst yellow baby heirloom tomatoes. Had … Continue reading Torcetti with fried zucchini, sage, tomato and butter

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

Fried Sage and Sqaush Soup

I had some squash puree in the freezer, and plentiful sage in the garden, so I threw together this little soup as a starter for an easy Sunday night dinner. The soup is based on this recipe at epicurious.com, though I substituted homemade vegetable stock for the chicken, and used Earth Balance instead of butter (making it vegan) . The recipe also calls for too … Continue reading Fried Sage and Sqaush Soup