After ten days in Europe (primarily Germany) and our first ever hiatus from this blog, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. So I wanted to keep things super easy this week. We did a bunch of batch cooking over the weekend, and our recipe is simple: a baked fruit.
I was inspired by the cardamom and pear bundt cake I saw at Whole Foods this weekend. I love pears and I love cardamom! It’s a perfect spice for this time of year—warm and slightly spicy. If you can get Bosc pears, they are best because they are quite sturdy and hold up against baking and bold spices well. Otherwise, you might want to reduce the cooking time. Enjoy!
I can’t tell you how frequently I walk through the produce section of the grocery store at this time of year, and I day dream of a table full of sweet and savory selections made with the various squash and gourds on display. I will admit, though, that I’m not very brave when it comes to cooking with gourds and squashes.
This dish may be a bit safe (in that butternut squash isn’t a difficult food with which to work), but it’s layers of flavor are complex and delicious. There’s the sweetness from the squash, the tang from the balsamic, and the earthy savoriness from the spinach. I’m so excited to share this creation with you, and I hope you enjoy it for a weekend brunch or make-ahead for weekly breakfasts!
This past weekend, we decided to pick up a full pork belly—if you can find it, it’s a great savings, and we hope to make our own bacon on the smoker at some point. We haven’t cracked that code yet, but for this week we made a delicious curry recipe that resulted in super tender, flavorful pork belly with vegetables.
Cooking this dish was a bit of an adventure, as the liquids didn’t reduce as quickly as I expected. Kudos to my good friend and cooking sensei Russ for sous cheffing via iMessage on a Saturday night.
I love latkes but we don’t often think to make them because we don’t often have potatoes in our pantry. The fall weather makes me crave sweet potatoes, though, so I recently picked up a few at the grocery store. I don’t recall exactly what inspired this recipe. I’ve seen latke recipes with various ingredients beyond the potatoes—from other vegetables to cheeses. I chose to incorporate apples because I had them the house. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor: slightly sweet and tangy. We ate the whole batch in one sitting. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Chicken Marsala is a recipe that has been known to us by name, but we couldn’t recall having had it in the past nor had we tried to cook it. After a bit of research, in light of Otto’s love of mushrooms and all things umami, we were impressed to give it a try.
This creamy Chicken Marsala recipe was amazingly easy, and flavorful to boot. It is chicken breast heavy, but this has meant lots of leftovers for Heather, Otto, and me. One last note: Technically, Chicken Marsala is made with marsala wine, a fortified wine from Sicily. We were unable to find it easily, and so used a dry red wine instead. According to our research, this is acceptable; and, frankly, we don’t feel like we were missing anything. We know you’ll enjoy it, too!
We’re super fortunate to have a little 16-month-old who is obsessed with umami flavors. As a consequence we’re leaning into mushrooms and Brussels sprouts now that the temperature is attempting to change for the fall. This recipe was an easy combination of protein and vegetables (and fungi) that made leftovers for a few days. Otto went crazy for the sprouts and mushrooms, and we’re getting ready to make another large batch to keep him healthy and strong. We know you’re going to like this—enjoy!
It’s October and even though the weather is fluctuating between “normal” fall weather and summer temperatures, I have the autumn spirit. Our local grocery stores have all kinds of fall produce, from gourds and pumpkins to beets and turnips. I couldn’t resist the “pie pumpkins,” also known as sugar pumpkins. But I wanted to do something savory with them.
After perusing the fresh produce area, I decided to make a mash-up bake with a rainbow of vegetables along with uncooked chicken breast that we had leftover in the fridge from something else. It not only looks beautiful, it tastes good. The overall flavor is very earthy and savory, but the pumpkin and beets give a light sweetness while thyme adds a slightly bright note. We hope you enjoy it!