Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and food. I’ve always been fortunate to be on the guest side of Thanksgiving. It’s daunting to travel to Brooklyn for many and in our current apartment, we simply couldn’t host the crowd. Though I always contribute (testing dessert recipes today!), thus having build quite a collection of fall and Thanksgiving favorites. So in case you’re still in need of the perfect Thanksgiving side or dessert (which I’m sure you’re not because you wrote your menu months ago, right..?), look no further.
Halloween is quite possibly my favorite holiday. There’s no expectations of giving or getting. Little to no family stress about “which side of the family do we celebrate with this year?” It’s just spooky fall fun. I probably enjoyed it slightly more through my college days, when dressing up was an art form and half-assed costumes were seriously frowned upon. These days, dressing up has become a bit more complicated. We’re adults. Dressing up in the office isn’t always acceptable and if it is, it needs to be appropriate. I’ve already passed up two genius ideas, realizing sitting for eight hours at a desk would be virtually impossible. Option three, while not nearly as creative, should translate well from work to night.
It was mid fall—right at the peak of harvest. As we stepped out of the car at W. Rogowski Farm, my senses were overwhelmed. Scents of lemon grass and basil caught in the breeze tugged us in one direction to the fields where we were encouraged to harvest as many herbs as we could handle. A skillet crackled where a cooking demonstration was taking place. Warm quinoa salad with bacon and kale. It was the first time I tried quinoa and was instantly in love (though it might have had something to do with the bacon). Over in the barn, fresh laid eggs were being cracked and whisked into fluffy omelets, as satisfied breakfast diners watched on. Heaps of pumpkins, all sizes and shapes, piled high in front of the parking lot. It was then that I noticed them. Hiding behind the sea of orange was a smaller collection of ghost white pumpkins.
Oranges are so overrated. And grapefruits. What’s with the lack of love for all the other citrus out there?! Buddha hands, clementines (my favorite because I can actually peel them), tangerines. As much as I try to stay local, when Florida citrus starts beckoning me this time of year, I can never resist. Hey, at least I’m sticking to the same coast! A trip to Fairway the other day resulted in a bag of tangerines, among other non necessary food splurges (nutella anyone?).
Recently I’ve taken on writing the seasonal column for Just Food‘s monthly newsletter. It requires me to pick a seasonal piece of produce, write a review of a recently published cookbook and select a recipe from the cookbook featuring the selected produce. Hard work, I know. When Angela over at Just Food asked for my help, I couldn’t have been happier. An excuse to think about what I’m already always thinking about, plus an excuse to read more cookbooks! I was a bit nervous as to what would fund these new cookbooks and where they would fit in my apartment, until Angela casually mentioned, “The library is a great place to find cookbooks”. THE LIBRARY! Why had that never occurred to me before?! I check out regular books from the library, why had I never considered cookbooks. Think of all the money (and space) I could have saved over the years. Hmm, if you can’t find me for a while, now you know where to look.