Now that Autumn is officially here, I feel like meandering through the woods — through my pantry — through this post. (Happy Spring to all y’all in the Southern Hemisphere!)
In My Kitchen… simple, sumptuous fare is on the menu.
Since there are only two of us in our household, I cut the recipe in half (still baked it in a 9″ round cake pan but reduced the baking time to 22 minutes), which resulted in the perfect amount for dessert that evening, plus a couple of breakfasts.
The Man Of Few Words took one bite, declared “I like the grain of this” and proceeded to devour two slices. He ate another two the next morning! Definitely a keeper. (My hubby and the recipe.)
In My Kitchen… my microplane has come out to play.
Nutmeg… aaahhh. I sprinkle it on everything from spinach to omelets to stew to baked apples. It makes me feel cozy.
(Maybe I need to read up on the side effects?)
It’s also tasty in my Nutmeg Honey Butter as a topper for French Toast or pancakes or plain ol’ toast, although I’m generally not a breakfast eater. (Blame it on my trucking days when coffee was “it.”)
Autumn always makes me reconsider breakfast.
In My Kitchen… oven meals are making a come back.
I throw a hodgepodge into one pot or jockey various dishes and baked goods in the oven, shuffling them in and out at the appointed hour. (Maybe I missed my calling as an air traffic controller?) Whatever the case, I love the simmered, braised, roasted, baked aaromas that rival bonfires, crisp leaves, and starry night air. Indoor Autumn!
In My Kitchen… a trio of stemware teases me.
They were a dime apiece at our church thrift store and I couldn’t resist. Besides being lovely to look at, I get a kick out of ping-ing them. Are you a “ping-er” too? Their crystal reverberations are music to my ears.
Speaking of which… I’ve been ensconced in rehearsing for my concert this week and my commenting has been at an all time low — not my usual way of doing things. Terribly sorry! I’m really looking forward to savoring (and commenting on) your posts once my fingers are less occupied with my “other” keyboard.
Many thanks for your patience! xo
Soon, those crystal goblets will be filled with pudding or panna cotta or a single, spectacular serving of dessert, but for now I enjoy playing with them when I’m not playing my piano.
In My Kitchen… rice = risotto.
Fall flavors… Butternut squash. Pumpkin. Mushroom. Sage.
Risotto is my reward for simmering (and freezing) homemade stock all summer and standing in front of a warm stove stirring is a pleasure during the cooler months — especially when it results in risotto.
In My Kitchen… is Smoked Salmon.
Most likely it’ll end up in a penne pasta salad later this week (if I can wait that long), or I’ll enjoy bite-sized tidbits with cream cheese on a bagel, never mind that it isn’t technically “lox.” Here’s a handy tutorial on the difference.
By the way, those are our fishing hats in the background. (No salmon in our lake, but it’s fun trying to catch whatever’s in there!)
Enjoying Autumn in all its glory… In My Kitchen,